Not only are there riveting lectures to go to at any moment, but also the amount of interactions and connections that happen between attendees of the conference is enormous. Young and old attend AIPAC’s policy conference, making it one of the most incredible sites of playing the game of Jewish geography. With so many like-minded people, many of whom know each other due to the widespread nature of the Jewish community, this conference ignites a hugely uplifting feeling of solidarity for Israel and unity.
During the third day of the conference, all 15,000 attendees are mobilized to Capitol Hill where they lobby their Congressmen directly. This deployment of pro-Israel activists to the offices of Representatives and Senators symbolizes the huge impact of AIPAC’s work. Not only does the organization employ professional lobbyers to get the pro-Israel voice heard in the legislative branch, it also empowers its members to act on their views. AIPAC’s policy conference is the best place to actively show support for Israel and exercise our rights as United States citizens to make sure Congress backs Israel, our treasured ally in the Middle East.
Personally, I find AIPAC Policy Conference to be close to a cathartic experience. I am able to express my positions on Israel with like-minded people, as well as with passionate people who disagree with me. I am able to learn from and pose challenging questions to even the most well-known intellects. Finally, it is extremely rewarding to be able to march up to Capitol Hill with an agenda and be the voice for a Israel, a nation that means so much to me.
Class of 2018
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