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Israeli-American college kids meet in L.A.

Israeli-American college students from campuses all across North America gathered in Los Angeles Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 for the inaugural Mishelanu National Conference of the Israeli-American Council (IAC). Mishelanu is a national campus-based program that strengthens the identity of Israeli-American college students.

The conference was aimed at nurturing Israeli-American college students’ emerging cultural and national identity and supporting Israeli-American campus leaders, especially in the face of critical challenges at colleges around the world.

More than 150 students from 33 campuses participated in the two-and-a-half-day event, which was presented in collaboration with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Tzofim (Scouts), and featured sessions on topics such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and the evolving identity of Israelis in America.

Mishelanu, which means “One of us” in Hebrew, has chapters on 33 campuses across the country, with on-campus programs, off-campus seminars, and an eight-week personalized internship experience in Israel geared for Israeli-Americans.

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