Rebecca Sebo

Rebecca represents Hillel International at AIPAC’s 2019 policy conference.

Rebecca, 27, is social media manager of Hillel International. A resident of Cleveland Heights, The Temple-Tifereth Israel member said her parents are her most integral and supportive mentors. Pushing her to be a good person and incorporate the values of life into everything she does, Rebecca applies these lessons to her work in the community, especially the Cleveland Jewish community. After living in Jerusalem and spending time in London, Cleveland still has her heart.

What are your hobbies?

I love staying active and fit, the way I do that is through aerial arts and pole fitness. I’ve been practicing for three years and compete annually. Last year, I placed third in my category. It is such a fun and unique way to dance, express movement and stay healthy.

What one Jewish experience of yours stands out over others?

This summer, I had the opportunity to help make a Torah. I work part time at Camp Wise and last month we received a new Torah. It wasn’t in the best shape, but with the help of a sofer we were able to bring it back to life. The head staff and I wrote the word, “Israel,” in our scroll. It was an experience I never imagined having in my life.

Why did you choose Cleveland?

I honestly think I may be Cleveland’s biggest fan. Besides the luxury of having my family close by, I love the Cleveland community. Even after living in Jerusalem and spending time in London, Cleveland has my heart. I’m happy to be back in this city.

Do you have an Israel experience?

I visited the Kotel twice as a teenager and didn’t feel any connection or meaning to the holy site. It wasn’t until after my grandma Ilana passed that I suddenly understood its importance. I remember crying on the wall, overwhelmed with emotion. I honored the moment with a ring engraved “Jerusalem will reveal itself to those who love it.”

What role does Judaism play in your everyday life?

Judaism plays a huge role in my everyday life, I work for Hillel. It is so meaningful for me to be able to connect Jewish students to their Jewish home away from home, especially when you go from a vibrant Jewish community like Cleveland to a college campus.

Who are your mentors?

Is it too cheesy to say my parents are my mentors? My mom and dad have taught me everything about being a good person and the values of life. One of the biggest lessons I learned from them was after our house caught fire in 2015. My parents told us, “It’s just things, we are all alive.” It changed the way I looked at my life and my belongings.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a dancer. I remember making dances in my bedroom and performing in talent shows as a camper at Camp Oneg and Camp Wise. It was only after an injury in college that I knew I couldn’t pursue the career anymore, but I love what I do now!

Where and when was your bat mitzvah?

In October 2004 at The Temple-Tifereth Israel.

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