Hi there, my name is Noah and I am a sophomore at UW–Madison majoring in History and Environmental Studies. I’m from Montclair, New Jersey and I am an American Jew with background in conservative and reconstructionist Jewish communities back in New Jersey, here in Madison, and in Israel. I am lucky enough to have been able to travel and study in Israel, where I participated in difficult and necessary conversations with leaders of Jewish, Palestinian, Bedouin, Christian, and Muslim communities. I see the CRGC fellowship as a unique opportunity and space to listen to and be heard by those who have a similar investment in sharing meaningful cultural experiences and coming together to make Madison a more welcoming and integrated community. I look forward to continuing discussions about faith, Israel, and cultural understanding at the CRGC and adding to the conversation my background as a Jew in America and in Israel.