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Alumni of the Month – Hannah Fagut

My name is Hannah Fagut, I’m originally from Syracuse, NY and now I live in Washington D.C. I did Aardvark Israel in 2011-2012. I started thinking about a gap year program in 9th grade after attending a seminar on gap years hosted by NFTY. It wasn’t something that was promoted …

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Weekly Updates – November 4, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! It’s getting chilly here in Israel as November has finally arrived! This Tiyul Tuesday, our Tel Aviv students traveled to the Holy City of Jerusalem and entered Me’arat Hanetifim – a stalactite cave. Our Jerusalem community traveled to Ein Prat, a beautiful hike, with a mix …

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Levontin students at khirbet midras

The Aardvark Monthly – October 2021

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff!   We are already halfway into the semester (!) and the students have been enjoying their internships, volunteering, classes, and chugim. Each of our communities participated in 3-day seminars in Kibbutz Ketura, down south, near Eilat. They got familiar with the collective lifestyle in the Kibbutz – …

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Exploring Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard

Anyone who has spent any time in Tel Aviv is sure to be familiar with Rothschild Boulevard. It is like a microcosm of the city, displaying everything that it has to offer. If you are spending your gap year in Tel Aviv, then it is a street that you are …

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The future of the dead sea

The Future of the Dead Sea

In recent years, more and more attention is being given to preserving the Dead Sea. It is a unique body of water that is at the lowest point on earth, 420 metres below sea level. However, while it is one of Israel’s major tourist attractions, it has been shrinking extremely …

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Weekly Updates – October 31, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students!  This week was busy as usual, but mostly for our Tel Aviv students, who traveled to Kibbutz Ketura, in the Arava, near Eilat. The students experienced some really meaningful moments, in a three-day-long seminar, that included workshops, hikes, community activities, and group bonding activities. The students …

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Mada volunteering

MADA Volunteering

Last week our MADA (Israeli Emergency Services) students finished their training, and are now going to start their actual volunteering! Ella Shapiro wrote: “I am so happy to start my MADA volunteering! We finished our long but very exciting 60-hour course! Even though days were challenging we had a lot …

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Luci, jade, ruby, and benjamin taking in the concert

Weekly Updates – October 21, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students!  What a busy week we’ve had! On Tuesday our Tel Aviv students traveled to Khirbet Midras where they learned about the history of Bar Kokhba revolt, and also traveled to Beita Israel, a cultural center of the Jewish Ethiopian community in Israel, where the students built houses from …

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Liora and hannah at kasui sand dunes

Weekly Updates – October 14, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students!  Another exciting week has come to an end here in Israel, filled with new, meaningful adventures. Our seminars in Kibbutz Ketura started with the Jerusalem community traveling down South (and we mean really South, near Eilat!) for three days of kibbutz life in the desert. The seminar …

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One of our tel aviv groups at jaffa port

Weekly Updates – October 7, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! This week was busy and full of adventures for our students. On our weekly Tuesday Tiyul, our communities visited the Old City of Jerusalem and Jaffa, learning about the complexities in these two cities and about coexistence, Jews living side-by-side with Arabs. They also learned about …

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The Aardvark Monthly – September 2021

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff!  This month on Aardvark Israel was very exciting, with the arrival of more than 160 students from all around the world, starting their Fall programs. The students settled into their new apartments, started getting to know their new flatmates, toured around the neighborhoods, and started …

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Alumni of the month - ashleigh harris

Alumni of the Month – Ashleigh Harris

People often ask me how I would describe my gap year. Well, in order to answer that question, I need to venture back to about a year ago on one of our weekly Tiyul Tuesday trips. The three-hour bus ride from Tel Aviv took us to the Golan Heights where …

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Ben, daniel, hannah, cooper, ami, sarah and noa in their decorated sukkah

Weekly Updates – October 1, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! The Chagim are officially over, and we are diving into our weekly routines. But first, we enjoyed our last holiday meal; our Jerusalem community students cooked together in their very own Sukkah! And what’s more Israeli than cooking shakshuka? Ben, Daniel, Hannah, Cooper, Ami, Sarah and …

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Joshua reciting a blessing with the four species

Weekly Updates – September 24, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students!  It’s the middle of the Chagim season here in Israel and we can feel it in the air. Business is slowing down and the temperatures are dropping; our students celebrated Sukkot with the four species inside the Sukkot our students built in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.  This week, …

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Daniel, dror, sam, nechama, and joseph in their partly finished sukkah

Weekly Updates – September 17, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students!  This week, we officially started our outdoor activities, and what a wonderful time to be outside, when Fall is starting and the temperatures are dropping. We started the week with an optional Zoom Havdalah on Saturday night, and AMAZING food tours in Jeruslaem and Tel Aviv, where …

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Weekly Updates – September 9, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students!  The Holidays are officially here, and our students celebrated the end of quarantine  (finally!) by touring their neighborhoods, getting to know where all the essentials are, so they can start living independently. The Tel Aviv students experienced a special graffiti tour, which is one of the main …

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The abraham accords at 1 year old

The Abraham Accords at 1 Year Old

September 2021 marks a year since the formalizing of the Abraham Accords, a historic peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Since then, the countries have rapidly established ties and started working together in a huge number of areas.  Once the treaty had been signed, it was just …

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Mosaics

Israel’s Amazing Modern Mosaics

Every so often, the news features a story of Israeli archaeologists unearthing an ancient mosaic and there are many fantastic examples to see around the country. However, there are also some stunning examples of modern mosaics that is worth taking the time to go and see while you are on …

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Some of the levontin community girls in their first group picture!

The Aardvark Monthly – August 2021

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff! This week, our Fall semester has officially begun, and we couldn’t be more excited! More than 160 students from Germany, France, Bolivia, Norway, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, the U.S., Hong Kong, the U.K., South Africa, Mexico, and Canada have joined us, and are about …

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Welcome maxwell, daniel, dylan and josh!

Weekly Updates – September 2, 2021

Shalom Parents!   Fall Semester has officially begun! Our students from all around the world landed in Israel and were welcomed at Ben Gurion Airport. Then, they were split into their apartments in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, getting to know their new roommates. During quarantine, which will end this Monday, the …

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