Hello Parents and Students,
This week was fun and exciting, filled with great discussions and events.
On Sunday, we celebrated with Israel, the formation of a new unity government in Israel, after 4 rounds of elections!!!
In “This Isn’t What I Signed Up For: Coping as a Jew With the New Reality on Campus,” we discussed what it means to be a Jew on college campuses in an era of rising anti-semitism.
In “Pay it Forward – Innovation and Entrepreneurship as an Engine for Impact in the Community,” we learned how to use the innovation and entrepreneurship skills we gained during our experience in Israel to create impact back in our home communities
On Wednesday night, students expressed their inner artist by designing and painting their own clay pots. After they decided what their pot would look like, they added soil and plants. Almost every apartment has a new decorative addition which they now get to nurture.
On Wednesday we learned a bit of psychology: in cross-cultural psychology we try to recognize differences and similarities between two cultures. To do this, we must become sensitive to the differences and similarities between people, groups, and societies.
In our first class, we began exploring the similarities and differences among the class members. We engaged in the hidden art of “shutting up and just listening” in an attempt to learn more about each other. Who would have thought that after being in Aardvark for a couple of months there’s still plenty we can learn about each other when we just “shut up and listen?”
Intrnship In the Spotlight – by Anna Levenberg
I have been interning at Keren Or, the Jerusalem Center for Children with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities, during my time here on Aardvark. I have been working with children with disabilities for most of my life, and I am so thankful to be able to continue doing so here in Israel. At Keren Or, I spend my days with the youngest group of kids, who are 4-7 years old. Each one has taught me something new, and I am so grateful for that. I have loved going to work every day knowing I am going to leave with a smile on my face.”