I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky — a small, predominantly Southern Baptist city. Being Jewish shaped who I am. As one of the few Jewish students in my high school, I was always made to feel different. It could have made me bitter, but I feel my experiences have encouraged me to do something about it. I like to focus my energy on positive pursuits such as working for women’s rights and supporting refugees. I feel that we must take down barriers to justice, peace, and prosperity. I feel an empathetic responsibility as a Jew to ensure my own memory remains long. My grandparents were in the shoes of so many immigrants today. Who knows if or when it could be us again? We all need to lift one another.