Jake's Story

Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA
Senior, Class of 2020, Political Science Major

Yeshiva University is the only US university where the Israeli flag flies 365 days a year. That says a lot about the values of the YU community—students, professors and the administration. I originally came to YU because I wanted a place where I could get a rigorous education, while being surrounded by people who share my Jewish values. I came to see that the Jewish environment meant so much more to me. Attending college in a place where the community shares my values and support of Israel is irreplaceable. 

Last year, I joined YUPAC (Yeshiva University Public Action Committee), and now I serve as one of the club’s co-presidents. This year, the World Jewish Congress selected me for a Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship, a selective international program through which I receive leadership training, do Israel advocacy, attend events at the United Nations and have access to World Jewish Congress resources.  

I’m a big fan of YU’s political science department. I took a class on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict from Danny Ayalon, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States. Outside of school, I am a co-president and “beatboxer” of Tizmoret, an intercollegiate a cappella group in New York City. 

I’m so grateful to YU for helping me pursue my passion for Israel advocacy and preparing me for a career that involves strengthening the US/Israel relationship. The school really helps you bring your ideas to fruition.