|Jessa on left, with Congresswoman Wasserman Shultz|
I attended my first AIPAC National Policy Conference in Washington DC. As one of 3,000 students, and 16,000 delegates overall, my first PC was truly a once a lifetime experience. I say first PC because I definitely plan on going back. This year at school, I have gotten involved in Washington Students for Israel at UW, a student organization dedicated to Israel advocacy both on campus and in the Seattle community.
Going to a conference to not only expand my knowledge about Israel but also advocate on the national level gave me renewed hope in the work I am doing on campus. In addition, as a political science major, the general and breakout sessions taught me so much about both US and Israeli politics. From sessions about the upcoming Israeli elections and public opinion on the two state solution to talks with Congressmen and keynote addresses from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, I learned more about Israel, Iran, and the US than I could have imagined.
I now feel more confident talking about Israel on campus, more informed about the current situation, and ready to continue my advocacy with AIPAC!Or Ami's delegation to the 2016 AIPAC National Policy Conference has already grown to 19 confirmed participants. To attend as part of Or Ami's delegation, contact Rabbi Paul Kipnes.