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Jerusalem’s Top Festivals

There is plenty to do in Jerusalem and enough variety to keep you busy throughout your gap year. However, a few times a year there are various different festivals which are really worth making the effort to visit. Each year at the beginning of the summer the Jerusalem Light Festival …

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Student of the Week – Ashley Amaltov

Hi, my name is Ashley Amaltov. I grew up in Fort Lee, NJ and attended a Jewish high school in Manhattan, NY. I decided to take a gap year after finally visiting Israel for the first time this past May. I instantly fell in love as my brother showed me …

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Finding the Latest Fashion in Tel Aviv

Being a somewhat out the way country in the Middle East many will assume that Israel is behind the latest fashions of Europe and America. However, while the fashions in Israel may not always entirely match up with other parts of the world, there is certainly a vibrant scene for …

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The Top Spots for Bookworms in Tel Aviv

While Tel Aviv is mainly known for its vibrant nightlife, its café and bar culture and its bustling beaches and streets, sometimes you may want to escape the crowds and settle down with a good book. Luckily, there are many places which offer the quiet and solitude needed while still …

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem November 7, 2016

Dear Parents, Last week was an eventful one here at Aardvark. Here is a breakdown of some of the amazing stuff we did. On Monday we had the annual MASA Mega-event. All the gap year students around Israel got together for an incredible happening full of food, friends and performers. …

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv November 3, 2016

Shalom Parents! On Monday evening, we all went to the MASA cultural event. It is a huge event taking place in the International Convention Center in Jerusalem – one of the biggest buildings in Jerusalem. The entire Masa community is invited to this event, International Israeli artists went on the stage …

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Student of the week – Joshua Carr

My name is Joshua Carr, I am 18 years old, from Manchester, England. I decided to take a gap year as I feel this is a great opportunity to grow as a person, learn how to become independent as well as take a year off between school and university. I …

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem October 30, 2016

Dear Parents, I hope your week was as eventful and as much fun as ours! The biggest highlight of our week was our annual 3-day Ketura Seminar. On Tuesday morning, bright and early at 6:00 am, we departed for Kibbutz Ketura which is located in southern Israel in the Arava …

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv October 28, 2016

Shalom Parents! It is great to be back again I hope your holidays were relaxing and meaningful. Here are some of are highlights for the week – things were over the top here and there is plenty I want to share so make sure you are sitting comfortable. Simhat Torah is one …

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem October 23, 2016

Dear Parents, Mo’adim L’simcha! It seems that this year that October is full of holidays.At Aardvark we are busy, though also stuffed from yummy holiday meals! Here are some of the highlights of the week: Earlier this week all the students participated to build our gorgeous sukkah. It was amazing …

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Seeing Jerusalem from the Rooftops

Jerusalem is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful cities. As you explore the streets of both the new and old city you will come across countless stunning buildings, greenery and lovely views. However, often it is hard to get the best vantage point on street level and this is …

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv October 13, 2016

Shalom Parents, This week was a very special week due to Yom Kippur, as some of you know there is a different atmosphere in Israel than anywhere else in the world during Yom Kippur. Conversations about what is the best way to get past the fast are heard everywhere. Kids bother …

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem October 13, 2016

Dear Parents, Happy New Year and we hope you all had an easy and meaningful Yom Kippur. This week, in honor of the new year, we helped the kids turn their eyes within. At this time of the year, during the holidays, we asked the students to reflect their time …

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Yemin Moshe – One of Jerusalem’s Hidden Treasures

Hidden right in the centre of Jerusalem is Yemin Moshe, one of the most beautiful and peaceful neighbourhoods in the entire city. The neighbourhood was built in the 1890’s by Moses Montefiore and the original stone buildings are mostly still there. The first few houses to be built were called …

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Jerusalem’s First Train Station

Jerusalem’s First Train Station is a historic location that doubles up as a fantastic place for an afternoon or evening out. Amazingly, having opened in 1892, the train station remained in operation until the close of the Jaffa-Jerusalem railway in 1998. The station was built as the terminus of the …

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Tasting Experiences At Israel’s Kibbutzim

Many of Israel’s kibbutzim are well known and during your gap year you are likely to visit at least one. The vast majority of kibbutzim have something worth visiting for, whether it is a historical site, a particularly pretty walk or garden, an interesting museum or something else. However, a …

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem October 7, 2016

Dear Parents, Shana Tova! Because of the chag we had a short week here Ardvaark, but still we’ve been busy and its been amazing! What could be better than starting a new week with a New Year? All our students found host families to experience Rosh Hashanah here in Israel. …

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv October 7, 2016

Hello Parents, Since Adi left us here all alone for the holidays, I’ll be writing you the weekly newsletters in the next couple of weeks. I want to apologize for those of you that every week, since August 28th, are waiting for Thursday to come and bring Adi’s letter with …

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem September 30, 2016

Dear Parents I want to share with you some of the special moments we have experienced here at Aardvark. On Monday night we had a Workshop on “Create Your Own Sushi.” We taught the students that sometimes instead of hitting the local sushi restaurant, that instead, with the help of …

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv September 30, 2016

Shalom Parents! Another great week is over and the holidays are just around the corner. If you’ll walk outside, you’ll see that the fall is starting to take his place here. It starting to get cold in the evening, each day is shorter than his previous one, winds dropping leaves …

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