This week we're excited to be welcoming our Summer Onward Israel Intern, Kelsey Hershenhouse, who will be working with us for the next two months at our Jerusalem office!
Coming from the "Windy City" of Chicago, Kelsey, a recent graduate from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, earned her double Bachelors of Science in Business in Integrated Marketing and Management. She has innovative experience working with international corporations, non-profits, startup businesses, and government affairs playing a key role in helping developing communities in her city as well as on a global scale. Kelsey is joining WUJS for the summer though the beginning of August working on planning for upcoming initiatives, events, and programs. This is Kelsey’s second time in Israel and she's looking forward to the experience of living in Jerusalem.
Outside of work, Kelsey keeps a blog, The Wandering House, where she writes about her travel experience, life lessons, and thoughtful questions that may be circling in the rest of our heads. She also shares her original poetry and photos of her adventures. Along with the blog, she also plays cello, now going on 14 years, enjoys swimming, and traveling whenever she gets the chance.
For more than a decade, Jewish student leaders from all over the world have gathered in Washington DC to attend the American Jewish Committee's annual Global Forum (GloFo) and ACCESS Track. The Conference, which takes place every year in the first week of June, brings together more than 2500 participants from more than 70 countries. At the Global Forum, you have the power to act—the power to make a difference for the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
For almost 50 years LGBT+ folks and their allies have celebrated the Month of June as Pride Month. LGBT+ pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT+ rights movements throughout the world.
As a movement that includes Jewish students of every sexuality and gender, we at WUJS will be celebrating Pride Month by profiling Jewish LGBT+ students on our social media and hosting blogs on our website written by Jewish LGBT+ students.
As a proudly intersectional movement, we also encourage all our members around the world to show solidarity with LGBT folks by attending Pride events in your cities. Bonus points if you send us pictures of yourselves attending pride parades holding signs from your union!
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