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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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The People Behind Israel’s Street Names

As soon as you have spent a short amount of time in Israel you will realise that wherever you go there are numerous reoccurring street names. Whether you are in a big city, a small moshav or anything in between, some names crop up time and time again. In the …

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Israel’s unusual accommodation options

Israel’s Unusual Accommodation Options

You will of course spend the majority of your Israel gap year staying in your apartment with your flatmates. However, there will be some times when you are free to travel for nights away. These are fantastic opportunities to explore the country independently. While on these trips, you will need …

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Tel aviv’s most photogenic spots

Tel Aviv’s Most Photogenic Spots

If you haven’t spent much time in Tel Aviv, you may be surprised by how many beauty spots the city has beyond the beaches. You are bound to spend some time on your gap year posting photos to social media, so be sure that you don’t miss out on the …

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Gan hashlosha

This week in the Rothschild Community TLV – July 22, 2021

Hello Parents and Students,   This week was the last full week of the semester. It was filled with final activities and opportunities to enjoy each other as a community. On Sunday, we discussed Tisha B’Av. The groups had an activity with their Madrichim in which they spoke about what …

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Activity with the madrichim

Jerusalem Weekly – July 22, 2021

Dear Parents and Students, This week we spent some time summarizing and procesing our experience from the semester, but also enjoyed fun trips and fun activities. On Monday, we gathered for an activity with the Madrichim. The counsellors prepared a room for the students full of candles and notes, and for an hour …

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Trip to the northern galilee

Jerusalem Weekly – July 15, 2021

Dear Parents and Students,   The program is coming to an end soon, but we’ve had an amazing week. We’re taking advantage of every moment! Last weekend, we had a great Shabbaton all together in Tel Aviv. Friday night, the students went to a variety of synagougues and then we …

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This week in the Rothschild Community TLV – July 15, 2021

Hello Parents and Students, We’re getting close to the end of the semester yet this week we had more amazing experiences. On Sunday, the students had an activity with their Madrichim in which they spoke about different aspects and experiences they had until now and what they are taking with …

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Idf army experience

Jerusalem Weekly – July 8, 2021

Dear Parents and Students,   Sar-El week has finally arrived and the students left to have their IDF Army experience. During the week, the students volunteered in different areas and had an opportunity to learn more about Israeli society, speak to soldiers, and experience a little bit of the Israeli …

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This week in the Rothschild Community TLV – July 8, 2021

Hello Parents and Students,   This last week was filled with experiences that will hopefuly last for a lifetime. Before this week started, we had a great weekend all together in Jerusalem. The wekeend started Friday at Yad VaShem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It is …

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Masada and the dead sea

This week in the Rothschild Community TLV – July 4, 2021

Hello Parents and Students,  This week was filled with fun activities and experiences. In the begining of the week, we participated in a color war, organized by some of our students, in which the students were divided into groups, assigned a color, and completed different tasks in order to win.  In …

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Gan hashlosha, a well-known water park to the west of the bet she’an valley

Jerusalem Weekly – July 4, 2021

Hello Parents and Students,This week was filled with exciting new experiences.On Sunday, we heard from “Gift of Life,” an organization that deals with citizens of the United States, about bone marrow transplants. We discussed Pikuach Nefech (saving a life) and social responsibility. At the end of the educational session, the students …

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