i couldn't believe how much unlearning was ahead of me

"I went to Jewish Day School from pre school through 12th grade and participated in BBYO and was never told what the West Bank was. Once I went to college and began to do my own research, I felt defeated and lied to. I couldn't believe how much unlearning was ahead of me. I had spent a lot of my life proud of my knowledge and connection to Israel. During this unlearning process, I began to hate all Jewish institutions I was previously a part of. This eventually led to an internalized hatred of my own Judaism. It has only been through my growing connection with other anti-occupation Jews that I am relearning to love my Judaism." -BBYO, Solomon Schechter, JCC, alumna