My name is Max and I am a senior studying Strategic Communication with a certificate in Jewish Studies. I have sought many opportunities to explore my Jewish identity over the past three years on campus, most recently spending the spring semester abroad studying at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Growing up in a suburb of a Connecticut, religious observance did not play a central role in my life. I was surrounded by many people who shared my family’s background, and I only began to question what it meant to be Jewish once I was older and getting ready to head off to college. Learning about different religious philosophies and spiritual practices fascinates me, and I am excited to have a role in building an understanding and compassionate climate for interreligious dialogue. I believe that true cooperation and understanding lie on the other side of unity, and I look forward to building bridges across different religious orientations.