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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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Jerusalem participants in a panel discussion with arava institute students

Exploring Jerusalem’s Modern Art Scene

Jerusalem is famous for its history, but it is also home to a thriving modern art scene. While many visitors to the city will stop by the Israel Museum, there is in fact much more to see. If you are a fan of modern art, then be sure to make …

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Dayna, sam, ofir, daniel, cooper, nina, and inbar at the golan heights

Hiking Trails on the Golan Heights

If you enjoy hiking, then Israel offers countless possibilities. There are hikes to suit every taste, from the Negev in the south to the Golan Heights in the north. If you are interested in hiking through greenery while exploring streams and waterfalls, then the Golan is probably the place for …

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Levi samuel wolf pappie

Student of the Week – Levi Samuel Wolf Pappie

My name is Levi Samuel Wolf Pappie and I am from the Netherlands. I chose to go on a gap year because I thought it would be fun, and it got recommended by friends. Up until now, the program has been great and everyone’s very nice! Israel is super hot …

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Oren and sarit from florentin tasting israel's finest bourekas

Weekly Updates – September 1, 2022

Shalom, parents and students! It’s the first week of the semester, and the students have been settling into their apartments and getting to know the neighborhood. Along with several orientation sessions, our students went to Shuk Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Market to try out the local …

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Dani starr

Alumni of the Month – Dani Starr

My name is Dani Starr, and I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I now live in Israel on Kibbutz Tlalim which is about half an hour west of Be’er Sheva. I came on Aardvark Israel in 2020-2021.The initial reason I decided to take a gap year was …

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Tel aviv’s dizengoff street

Exploring Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street

There is no way that you will be able to avoid Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv during your gap year in Israel, no matter which city you are living in. One of the city’s main streets, it is packed with shops, bars and cafes, and it runs all the way …

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The maccabiah games

The Maccabiah Games

You have probably heard of the Maccabiah Games, but did you know that it is actually the third-largest sporting event in the world when measured by the number of competitors? The Maccabiah Games take place every four years and the twenty-first edition has recently wrapped up in Israel. It brought …

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Gap years are not the only way to spend time in israel after school

Gap years are not the only way to spend time in Israel after school

UJIA’s growing menu of 18+ programmes is attracting a higher take-up By Simon Baker A gap year in Israel has long been the pinnacle of experience in a Jewish youth movement.Not only did they deepen an individual’s Jewish connection but over the years they provided a pool of future leadership …

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Jacob leon cherny

Alumni of the Month – Jacob Leon Cherny

My name is Jacob Cherny and I am from Perth, Australia I chose to go on a gap year in Israel as it has been a dream of mine for a long time. I’ve grown up in quite an isolated community with role models who have all taken a year …

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Emily willrich

Alumni of the Month – Emily Willrich

My name is Emily Willrich, and I am originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts. I came on Aardvark in Spring 2021. Originally, I never planned to go on a gap year. Then COVID hit, and I wanted to make sure I would get a full in-person college experience. After a lot of …

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Exploring Rishon LeZion – Israel’s Fourth-Largest City

Many people will have spent some time in Israel prior to their gap year. It is most likely that you have enjoyed relaxing on Tel Aviv’s beaches and exploring the history of Jerusalem. However, these are far from the only two cities in Israel, and it is definitely worth taking …

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Ein Hod – Israel’s Unique Artist Village

If you enjoy visual art of any kind, then you must make sure to visit the village of Ein Hod while on your gap year in Israel. The artist village is located at the bottom of Mount Carmel and in addition to beautiful views of the Mediterranean, it is home …

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Navah crouse

Student of the Week – Navah Crouse

My name is Navah Crouse, I am 19 years old and I’m from South Africa. I recently spent the past 5 months on the Aardvark Israel gap year program. Originally I never planned to go on a gap year, instead, I was going to study in Israel. However, after much …

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