New York, NY (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Israel has always depended on the support of the American Jewish community and now, facing hostility in the U.N, an unstable Middle East and Iran in pursuit of the nuclear bomb, the Jewish State needs even more friends and advocates. A recent study by the American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise found that “97% of Campuses had no anti-Israel or anti-Semitic events.” A recent study by the American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise found that “97% of Campuses had no anti-Israel or anti-Semitic events.” Yet for Rabbi David Markowitz, Managing Director of Aish NY, it is not enough to eliminate Israel hatred. “The lack of anti-Israel events is not the goal. For lack of antipathy the Jewish community must not fall to apathy. The goal must now be to build up communities of proud knowledgeable supporters of Israel.”
The same study also found “For Jewish students, the more active they have been in Jewish and pro-Israel activities, the more pro-Israel their views.” As Michael Horwitz, Project Manager of Walk2Israel explains “Aish NY’s innovative campus programming is designed to do just that; engaging students in Jewish activities, educating them about their heritage and thereby connecting them to Israel.”
Walk2Israel is Aish NY’s latest initiative bringing Israel and Judaism to the college campus. It will provide a venue for students and others to show their support for Israel publicly and proudly. To paraphrase Rabbi Nachman of Breslau “Everywhere we walk, we walk to Israel”. It will raise much needed funds to maintain and expand innovative programming and trips targeted specifically at the Jewish people’s most crucial demographic, college students.
There are also personal motivators for participants. It is a way to kick-start or increase a healthy lifestyle. To walk 100 miles in 4 weeks requires 10,000 steps a day; the daily activity recommendation of the surgeon general. Most Americans don’t even come close. Walk2Israel participants will have the Ultra Fitbit Tracker to record their steps and the Fitbit website to monitor their daily activity helping them reach 10,000 steps a day. Successfully completing the walk will allow them to keep their Fitbit and continue their new healthy lifestyle. In addition, there are many prizes along the way as the walkers hit fundraising milestones, with top fundraisers winning free flights to Israel.
Each participant will choose from four Aish NY initiatives to raise money for: Israel advocacy trips, advanced studies in Israel, Israel on campus, and campus educators. They can decide to walk 100 miles in 4 weeks, or, for a more active person, the options to walk to walk in 2 or 3 weeks exist as well. After registration, each walker will receive their own online fundraising page where friends, family, and colleagues can sponsor their challenge. Their page will also display live updates of the distance they have covered as part of the challenge. Walk2Israel is now open for registration and spots are allocated on a first come first served basis. For more information and registration go to http://www.walk2israel.org
About Aish NY:
Aish NY’s mission is to inspire Jewish youth with pride and passion for Israel and the Jewish people. Through innovative programming and educational trips Aish NY works to connect America’s Jewish college students to their heritage and the Jewish State