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Nicole julia eisenstadt

Student of the Week – Nicole Julia Eisenstadt

My name is Nicole Eisenstadt, I am from New York City and I went to Dwight School NYC. I chose to go on a gap year because I had the opportunity to start university in the spring semester, and also wanted to reconnect with the land of Israel and learn …

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Maya works in the kitchen at north abraxas

Weekly Updates – November 17th

Shalom Parents and Students! Another exciting week for our students was full of new experiences. Along with participating in Master Chef competitions, fun activities, and a Krav Maga class, they also visited some exciting places this week (some of these places even Israelis don’t know about!). Let us tell you …

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Dina kornbluth

Biological Research Lab 

My name is Dina Kornbluth and I’m from Denver, Colorado. I graduated from Denver Jewish Day School and I will be attending WashU in the fall! I’m currently interning at a biological research lab in the department of anatomy and anthropology at Tel Aviv University. For the past two months, …

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All you need is love! Yohan from france, nicky from the uk, linda from the states, and tom from australia at jaffa port

Weekly Updates – November 10th

Shalom Parents and Students! Great news, everybody! This week we finally got our first sign of real winter in Tel Aviv (winter started in Jerusalem already, don’t worry) and the first rain has fallen! Our students are continuing their routine of classes, trips, internships, and volunteering, and we want to …

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Oren asayag-asaf

Student of the Week – Oren Asayag-Asaf

My name is Oren Asayag-Asaf and I’m from Miami, Florida and used to attend Aaron’s David Posnack Jewish Day School. I chose to go on a gap year because I start college in January and there’s no place I’d rather be other than Israel. I specifically chose Aardvark Israel because …

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Deji, tali, matti, jessie, and galia in nachal kishon

Weekly Updates – November 3rd

Shalom Parents and Students! This week was especially interesting in Israel, as the government elections took place on Tuesday, so our students enjoyed a day off, just like many Israelis! Right before that, our Prague trip’s students returned from their 5-day trip, straight to the winter clock and the slowly …

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Jordan and jacob touring the city of prague

Weekly Updates – October 27th

Shalom Parents and Students! We waited for nearly 3 years and it’s finally here — our first international trip since the start of the pandemic! This week, 14 students and staff members traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic. Scroll down to see all of our students’ adventures from this …

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Shoshana miryam cantor

Student of the Week – Shoshana Miryam Cantor

My name is Shoshana and I’m from Longbeach, California where the sun shines on the good times. I went to school at Renaissance High school for the Arts. At first, I didn’t want to go on a gap year; thinking ‘what should I do now?’. I came on to Aardvark …

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Florentin community in nachal arugot

Weekly Updates – October 20th

Shalom Parents and Students! Here we meet again! Our students are officially back into routine and are got back to their internships, volunteering and classes. This time, we are going to give you a sneak pick of one of our unique add-ons – Selah, our Jewish Enrichment Track. Ready to …

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Matthew zucker

Student of the Week – Matthew Zucker

My name is Matthew Zucker, but everyone calls me Matti. I am from London, UK and I went to Yavneh College. I didn’t want to go straight into studying at university; I felt I would be more prepared taking a year and having new experiences which I would remember for …

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Deji, lily, hannah, alexa, galia and elias from levontin on a camping trip

Weekly Updates – October 16th

Shalom Parents and Students! Last week was another exciting week in our program, where our students celebrated both Sukkot, and a few more exciting moments, as part of their time here in Israel; our students Deji, Lily, Hannah, Alexa, Galia and Elias from Levontin community took advantage of the holiday …

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Yair hojberg

Student of the Week – Yair Hojberg

My name is Yair Hojberg, I am from Miami, Florida and I went to David Posnack Jewish Day School.I wanted to go on a gap year to develop more as a person while also learning more about Judaism.I chose Aardvark Israel because the program allowed me to take the tech …

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Sea sport group was having some fun in the sun in a sup yoga session at hilton beach!

Weekly Updates – October 6th

Shalom Parents and Students! This week was very special, as our students observed Yom Kippur in Israel. The silent streets, with almost no cars on the roads, and the feeling of serenity in the air is something very hard to describe. Many of our students fasted and went to synagogue …

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Galia braun frydman

Student of the Week – Galia Braun Frydman

My name is Galia and I am from Mexico City and I graduated from the Hebron Academy. I decided to come on this gap year to learn about Israel, and I specifically chose Aardvark Israel because I felt like this would be the best way to learn about the Israeli …

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Students created their own shofar for the holidays

Weekly Updates – Shana Tova from Aardvark Israel!

Shalom, everyone! On behalf of the Aardvark Israel staff, we wanted to wish you all a Shana Tova Umetuka! May this year be a successful, fruitful year. May this year be healthier, happier, full of joy and good deeds. Our students wanted to share their Shana Tova messages as well; …

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Madelyn rebecca stern

Student of the Week – Madelyn Rebecca Stern

My name is Madelyn Rebecca Stern and I’m from Vancouver, Canada. I chose Aardvark Israel as my gap year program because it was heavily recommended by loved ones and the program met all the requirements I needed for independent living. For my internship I am working at North Abraxas; a …

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Seminar in kibbutz ketura

Weekly Updates – September 22, 2022

Shalom Parents and Students! This week was busier than usual, as all of our communities went on their first overnight seminar in Kibbutz Ketura! Founded in 1973, Ketura is a pluralistic kibbutz, with both an observant and a secular population, only 40 minutes from Eilat. It is highly focused on …

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Surf's up, joel!

Weekly Updates – September 15, 2022

Shalom parents and students! Our students are getting to know Israel on foot, taking advantage of Israel’s never-ending summer. They traveled to Israel’s most beautiful springs, the familiar ones, and the less familiar ones, even some that most Israelis don’t even know 🙃 Scroll down to see what they have …

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Richie nadritch

Student of the Week – Richie Nadritch

My name is Richie Nadrich, and I’m from Teaneck, New Jersey. Everyone in my community takes a gap year program and I decided Aardvark Israel was the best fit for me. I felt it was the right program because it truly allows me to be independent. I felt like I …

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Zach and levi from florentin community in the old city of jaffa

Weekly Updates – September 8, 2022

Shalom parents and students! Our new arrivals are already becoming familiar with their surroundings and are getting to know each other better. This week’s activities promoted bonding within our communities, where they participated in a communal ODT (outdoor training). This week we also began our “Faces of Israel” evening activity …

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