Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : January 02, 2014
By Nicole Hertzberg, Israel Teaching Fellow in Petach Tikva
Before the Masa Israel Leadership Summit, I felt that my resume did not indicate extensive Jewish leadership.  In high school I was involved in BBYO, but I never held any significant positions.  In college, my involvement with Jewish organizations consisted of attending Shabbat dinners at Hillel and attending a few “American Movement for Israel” meetings if I had the time.  My main involvement on the University of Michigan campus was within the Greek community and Model United Nations.  Being a leader in those communities and always feeling very proud to be Jewish, I considered myself a leader and a Jew as two separate entities.  I thought that in order to be considered a “Jewish leader” you had to be a leader in some domain related to Judaism.  

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