I love being a Jew. Though not very religious, a huge part of my identity is the fact that I’m Jewish, and I love that. I love the community, the songs, the traditions, the food, the learning, just about everything. Not only am I Jewish, but I feel very connected to Israel; my parents emigrated from Israel in 1983 for my dad to continue his education and they built a life here. Almost all the rest of my family — grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins still live in Israel and I’ve visited many times.