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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

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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Pivot! Management Insights Highlighted by Covid

read on THE TIMES OF ISRAEL August 31, 2021 Pivot! Management Insights Highlighted by Covid Remember that hilarious scene from Friends when Ross, Rachel and Chandler try to schlep a couch up the stairs and Ross vigorously commands his friends to “PIVOT! PIVOT! PIVOT!”  (Whether you remember or not, it’s …

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Welcome to Israel!!

It was an exciting day as we welcomed over 160 students to Israel! Everyone flying today arrived safe and sound and are settling into their apartments for quarantine. As the students arrived to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, they were greeted by their madrich/a (counselor) who checked them in and made …

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Alumni of the Month – Danielle Hodes

My name is Danielle Hodes, I am from Livingston, New Jersey and I’m about to move into a dorm at the University of Maryland. I am about to take off and study Journalism in college. When it comes to my gap year experience, Aardvark Israel helped me immensely in solidifying …

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Hiking on several trails

British Month – August 16th

Shalom Parents! British Month is well underway, and after six days of quarantine, the Brits finally were allowed out of their apartments to explore the city. We began our activities with a tour in Levinsky Market, in the Florentin neighborhood where the students live. We tasted some of the delicious …

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Tourist attractions

Israel’s Latest Tourist Attractions

Like most of the world, Israel has been closed to tourists for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, that doesn’t meant that the country hasn’t been busy preparing for a return to normality. There are a number of new and exciting tourist attractions to see, and …

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Israel at the Tokyo Olympics

The world is busy watching the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Israel has sent its largest ever delegation in the hope of bringing home a few more medals. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, the country won two bronze medals, both in Judo, and three at the Paralympic games, in rowing, shooting …

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Nahal kziv, akko, and yehiam trail

The Aardvark Monthly – July 2021

It’s the end of the semester here at Aardvark Israel, and the past month was full of fun, inspiring activities. At the beginning of the month, our students all attended Shabbatonim in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. During these two weekends, the students explored their Jewish identities, traveled through the Old …

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