Shalom chaverim! My name is Mika Bekkerman and I’m a third year Sociology and Russian double major. As a daughter of immigrants from the Soviet Union, I was blessed with the opportunity to form my own unique and independent Jewish identity. This vibrant and infinitely powerful culture, religion, and community that accompanies my Jewish faith is strengthened with the existence of Israel. In my eyes, Israel functions as the glue that binds people all over the world in solidarity and support for its right to exist. Israel provides safety, undying support, and love to its communities. Without ignoring the complexities and intricacies that accompany Israel’s past, present, and future, I am an Aggie for Israel because to me, Israel is so much more than a country. It is more than a home for the Jewish people. Israel is a symbol of the possibility to achieve anything we, as a Jewish collective, can achieve.