Traveling to the modern day state of the Jewish People; Israel, on their very own airline is a magnificent view. As I look around the flight, the passengers; the majority of whom are from different Jewish backgrounds, are sitting together bound for the same destination. Some are on this flight because they are on their way home, while others are going as visitors. Among the hundreds of people bound for Tel Aviv are the 43 students of Write On For Israel.

Write On For Israel, is a two year Israel education and engagement program, designed to prepare high school students to lead the pro-Israel community at college. Beginning in students junior year of high school we learn about the importance of the modern state of Israel in the context of history, technology, cultural significance, military significance, and more importantly, its role in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Sponsored by The Jewish Week, this group of high school Seniors are going to tour Israel like never before. We are going to be speaking to soldiers on the borders, soldiers in the air, and soldiers stationed on regular street corners. We are going to be speaking to locals from different sides of the political spectrum; both from the Israeli and Palestinian side and meet with senior journalists and academics. We will also be giving back by playing with children at Save a Child's Heart, an organization of international doctors who treat children with heart problems on a regular basis.

I am truly grateful to be part of this year's Write On class. The knowledge I have acquired during the monthly sessions and the people I have encountered truly taught me that there is more than meets the eye during a news broadçast, thus preparing me for the anti-Israel and sometimes, anti-Semitic rhetoric that lies ahead on the college campus. I have no doubt that this trip will strengthen my knowledge and help me to defend and advance the positions of the Jewish State.

Since its inception over 13 years ago, Write On For Israel has educated and empowered more than 500 top high school students from the greater New York area to become informed about world issues affecting Israel and campus leaders when in college. Founded by Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of The Jewish Week, Write On uses the lens of journalism to transform Jewish teens into confident spokespeople and opinion leaders in preparation for the challenges they will face at college and beyond. Learn more about the program here.