Texas A&M Hosts Jewish Warrior Weekend
By Jacob Widman
Texas A&M University in College Station hosted 53 cadets and midshipmen recently for Jewish Warrior Weekend. The event gave them an opportunity to learn the basics of how to be a lay leader, listen to speeches by high ranking officers on being Jewish in the Armed Forces, meet other future officers in the military, and speak to Chaplains on tips and tricks of being Jewish in the Armed Forces.
The Jewish Warrior Weekend Program is weekend retreat held each college semester for cadets and midshipmen from across the country to meet other Jewish future service members and learn about various things specific to being Jewish leaders in the United States Armed Forces.
The program was first formed as a way for Jewish cadets and midshipmen from military academies to meet each other. The program later grew to include Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, culminating this year to include most of the Service Academies, many of the Senior Military Colleges, and some ROTC programs.
Jewish Warrior Weekend allows Jewish future service members to meet each other and develop a network, and learn – from those already in the service – tips and tricks to being Jewish and being a Jewish leader in the military. Some prominent guest speakers that the cadets were able to learn from include Rear Adm. Harold Robinson, Capt. Dan Goldenberg, and National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans Barry Schneider.
Jewish Warrior Weekend Spring 2018 was sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans, the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, Texas A&M University Hillel, Texas A&M Chabad, Jewish Welfare Board, United States Military Academy Jewish Chapel, United States Naval Academy Jewish Chapel and the United States Air Force Academy Jewish Chapel.
Next semester, Jewish Warrior Weekend will be hosted at the United States Naval Academy on Veterans Day Weekend. ■
For more information contact Texas A&M Hillel at 979-703-1856.