Photo credit: CJN/Bob Jacob
By Ed Wittenberg
Becky Sebo and Daniel Pearlman seemed to be on parallel paths as advocates for Israel while growing up in different suburbs on Cleveland’s East Side.
Sebo, of Pepper Pike, and Pearlman, of Solon, spoke about how their experiences shaped them and the challenges they faced while defending Israel on their college campuses at the launch event for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 2016 Campaign for Jewish Needs Sept. 10 at the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood.
Sebo, 23, graduated from Ohio University in Athens in the spring. Active in BBYO as a teenager, she said she discovered Israel as a sophomore at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights.
“I was accepted into Cleveland’s Ambassadors for Unity program, and a spark was ignited in me,” she said. “That year I participated in a cultural exchange with an Israeli teen living in our sister city, Beit She’an, and then made my first journey to Israel. I was hooked.”
Through I-Connect – a Federation initiative that offers young adults in Cleveland opportunities to experience Israel – Sebo taught dance at an Israeli high school for a year with the Masa Israel Journey program. She called it “a defining life experience.”
Read the rest of Becky's and Daniel's stories in Cleveland Jewish News.