Jasmine Martin is a junior Mass Communications major with a minor in Public Administration at York College of PA. Jasmine is a sister of the Phi Eta chapter of Phi Mu. In addition to being involved in Phi Mu, Jasmine is involved in many other areas on campus like being a Resident Assistant (RA), working in Library Technology Services (LTS), coordinating a show on the college’s radio station WVYC, working as a Graham Scholar, and serving as the treasurer of the Jewish organization on campus, Hillel.
Hillel is a Jewish organization at YCP that is part of the Gordon Center for Jewish Life and Spiritual Life Office. Hillel may be a Jewish organization, but the group is inclusive to all students. This summer, Jasmine was able to go on her Birthright to Israel with members of Hillel at YCP and members from across the country. Jasmine also traveled with two other members of YCP Greek Life, Josh Kirshner of Zeta Beta Tau and Delani Ader of Sigma Delta Tau.
Birthright is a program set up by the Israel government and other donors that gives Jewish people, ages 18-26, the opportunity to visit and experience their homeland. Jasmine said “it was a life changing experience honestly, the people there are progressive and advanced. Despite the problems around them, they are happy and friendly.” During her travels, Jasmine got to meet a group of Israelian soldiers and they were able to share experiences about their lives with each other. “I was able to learn about their life, while I got to teach them about America.It was really cool because we have very different lives and very different mind sets but in the end, we are all Jewish.”
This trip is a once in a lifetime experience for many of the students and a unique opportunity for three Greek students to connect through their religion. Jasmine told us that through this trip she learned more about herself and feels she has a stronger sense of her religion.
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