We had an amazing experience as representatives of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls at the AIPAC Schusterman High School Summit in Washington along with 400 other attendees. This summit was a training opportunity for teens all around the country who share a love for Israel and wanted to learn how to be better advocates.
The conference commenced with various sessions teaching students what to do and what not to do when lobbying for Israel. There were optional sessions such as Israel and Social Media, Reading Behind the Headlines, and How to Better Your Public Speaking, all of which were enormously informative. This was a real opportunity to learn how to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship through the American political process.
AIPAC also ran a college fair on the second day of the conference, with lobbyists from different colleges discussing how they combat BDS on campus. It was an eye-opening experience for us and really inspirational to see how people from all different walks of life were able to unite over their immense love for Israel.
On the last day of the conference, 29 of us were able to lobby Rep. Kathleen Rice’s staff on very relevant issues pertaining to Israel, such as the Iran deal. The congresswoman’s staff members were very receptive and pleased to see so many high school students who were passionate about political issues.
The girls were chaperoned by Mrs. Sheila Leibtag.