Contributor Archives: Rivka Baker Keusch

About Rivka Baker Keusch

Rivka Baker Keusch is a rising third-year at the University of Chicago where she studies Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. On campus, she is Co-Chair of J Street UChicago and the Israel Intern at the Newberger Hillel. She is also involved with the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, most recently acting as Fellow Ambassador for Dan Pfeiffer, former Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama for Strategy and Communications. She looks forward to working with Ameinu and helping The Third Narrative initiative to grow in size and influence.

Dear Mr. Herzl, Do I Count?

A woman who lives in my apartment building gave me a round, gold pendant, which has a Chai (literally “life” in Hebrew) overlaid on a Star of David. It is quite beautiful. But in small letters underneath the star, it …

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Why I’m Afraid of Birthright

When I go on my Taglit Birthright trip in August, I won’t be like most of the other students on my trip. Most of them have not been engaged with Israel in the same way I have. I haven’t been …

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Posted in Letters From Leadership, Personal Stories of Zionism, Israel and Progressive Identity | 1,548 Comments