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Malia, ruby, sarah, lauren and sarah from levontin in haifa

The Aardvark Monthly – November 2021

Shalom and Happy Holidays, Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff, We are down to one month until Fall semester ends, and winter has finally arrived in Israel! Our students celebrated Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, and some of them even organized their own Thanksgiving meals all by themselves. For some of our students …

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Tel-aviv botanical garden

Tel-Aviv Botanical Garden

At the Tel-Aviv Botanical garden, I take care of a specific collection of native Israeli plants. Along with that, I germinate Israeli plant seeds and tend to the inside of the nursery. When the weather is nice outside I also maintain the mock native Israeli landscapes that host the various …

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Sammie Wittenstein – Shabbaton in Peki’in

At the Shabbaton in Peki’in we experienced a taste of Druze culture. We first stopped at a home where we got to experience Druze cooking, and later on we toured the area for a more everyday perspective. We also participated in programs where we discussed our personal connections to Judaism …

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Yad vashem

Sam Lynn & Alex Sandler – Yad Vashem and Har Hertzel

Sam Lynn This week was an emotional whirlwind. We began our Siyur day at Yad Vashem, my personal favorite Holocaust museum. For me, Yad Vashem stands out because of its incredible attention to detail and its ability to tell as many individual stories as possible. While I have been to …

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Julian Frucht – Hanukkah tour in Bnei Brak

My experience in Bnei Barak learning about the orthodox community in that city was very interesting. We have been to religious areas of the country on other tiyuls, but this one, in particular, was very unique. Our tour took place during the third night of Hanukkah, and it was fascinating …

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The steinhart natural history museum

The Steinhart Natural History Museum

My name is Samuel Nimberg and I’m from New York. I work at the Steinhart Natural History Museum where I work closely with the bird collections. I help organize the collections so they can be easily accessible to researchers. In addition to that, I help collect birds that may be …

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Gaya's group from levontin lighting it up in rabin square!

Weekly Updates – December 2, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students, and Happy Hanukkah! This week was extremely busy, with holiday celebrations and a wonderful Shabbaton in Peki’in, a Druze village in the north of Israel. But first – Hanukkah! Our students never miss a chance for a party, and what amazing Hanukkah parties we’ve had this …

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Claire graham

Student of the Week – Claire Graham

When I was considering taking a gap year, it was mainly for reasons relating to COVID. However, after finding Aardvark Israel, I knew that regardless of what my future university was doing I would be taking a gap year. I love the freedom that Aardvark provides us while still supporting …

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Jacob weiser

Student of the Week – Jacob Weiser

My sister had the option to partake in a gap year but she decided to go to college right after high school. From that moment I knew that I wanted to go on a gap year and I’m glad I did. All my friends decided to go to college but …

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Naomi acoca

Student of the Week – Naomi Acoca

I chose to go on a gap year to experience life in Israel and explore my interests. Since most of my family lives in Israel, I have been to Israel a lot as a child. It has always been a second home for me. With Aardvark Israel I can live …

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Esther rahmane

Student of the Week – Esther Rahmane

In Mexico, it’s very common for Jewish people to go on a “ajshara” or gap year before starting college. I decided to go to Aardvark Israel instead of a Mexican program because I wanted to meet people from all around the world. I am interning in a marketing and social …

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Student of the Week – Leav Michaeli

I decided to come on a gap year because I felt like I wanted to come to college with a better sense of who I am, and what my interests are. I also felt like I wanted to come to college with a greater sense of independence and maturity. I …

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Student of the Week – Sam Rubinstein

I chose to do a gap year here because my first experience in Israel opened my eyes to just how great our homeland is. Immediately after coming here, I felt so connected and when I left, I knew I would do my best to come back as soon as I …

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Ichilov Hospital

My name is Liat Gelman, and I am volunteering in the Pathology department at Ichilov Hospital. Taking a gap year has been one of the best decisions that I have taken since leaving school and not knowing what to do nor having a direction. I am enjoying being part of …

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Ruby gimpel

Student of the Week – Ruby Gimpel

After finishing high school during COVID I chose to go on a gap year to have a complete change of scenery from online school. In addition, I wanted to learn more about myself while being independent and exploring Israel.I found Aardvark Israel to be an amazing combination of structure and …

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Student of the Week – Adam Grossman

I chose to do a gap year because I was excited to spend a year living in Israel- not just as a tourist but living like a local. Aardvark Israel offered an excellent mix of fun activities, trips, and learning from internships & classes, as well as enough free time …

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Hanukkah decorations

Weekly Updates – November 25, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! We are a few weeks away from the end of the semester (oh no!) and our weekly routine forms a solid basis for our students, interning, traveling, studying, and volunteering. This week, our students traveled to a few very different cities in Israel – each one …

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Gabi, daniel, and benjamin from jerusalem having their own version of b'nei mitzva

Weekly Updates – November 18, 2021

Shalom Parents and Students! Our students are keeping busy, and this weekend, we might even get our first rain here in Israel (finally!). On this week’s Tuesday tiyul, our Florentin community traveled to Beit Shemesh (a city where most of the people are Orthodox Jews). Zac Lovat told us about …

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Student of the Week – Sam Lynn

I found out about Aardvark Israel from my grandpa, his friend’s granddaughter did Aardvark and loved it! I did some research of my own and totally saw why someone would love this program! I really wanted to come to Israel after my last program (a semester abroad) was cut short …

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Daniel Matthys – Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Masada!

I came to Israel to grow closer to my culture and heritage. The opportunity to have a Bar Mitzvah on top of Masada was another part of this journey, and one I am glad that I took. It was awesome being able to have this experience with my friends Benjamin …

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