Welcome! My name is Mika Bekkerman and I’m a second year Sociology and Communications major. Upon returning from Israel this past September from my Birthright trip, my connection to Israel was strengthened like no other. Birthright trips are accompanied by on-duty IDF soldiers, with whom my friends and I became very close. Their presence put so much of my life into perspective. They were our age physically, but nowhere near our age, mentally and emotionally. They have seen things I can never imagine and their experiences are indescribable, yet their playfulness and kindness was omnipresent. Because of them, Israel is no longer a distant country housing my people’s history, religion, and culture, but a country for whom some of my closest friends are fighting for. This drive is what led me to pursue a position in AFI and do everything I can to advocate and make our voices heard. If the soldiers in Israel are giving up their lives, why shouldn’t I fight for them in the best way I can. I am an Aggie for Israel because to me, Israel is more than a country. It is a 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.