Alumni of the Month – Sophie Harris

Alumni of the month - sophie harris

My name is Sophie Harris and I am from San Diego, California. I was on Aardvark Israel last year, of Fall 2020/spring 2021. After having the absolute BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE, I completely fell in love with Israel and decided to move here! I am now currently living in Tel Aviv with my best […]

Alumni of the Month – Hannah Fagut

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My name is Hannah Fagut, I’m originally from Syracuse, NY and now I live in Washington D.C. I did Aardvark Israel in 2011-2012. I started thinking about a gap year program in 9th grade after attending a seminar on gap years hosted by NFTY. It wasn’t something that was promoted or talked about at my […]

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 our tour guide, Daniel, recounted […]

Alumni of the Month – Danielle Hodes

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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 my passion for Journalism and […]

Jerusalem Weekly #2 – May 13, 2021

Hiked down mount arbel

The past week in Israel hasn’t been easy, but ensuring the safety and well-being of the students is our top priority.  We are in constant contact with Masa and other relevant agencies to ensure the safety of all our students. Even with the complexities in Israel, we also had many wonderful highlights this week. On Sunday, we had our […]

Jerusalem Weekly #2 – May 6, 2021

Israeli politics class at the president’s house

This week was both emotional and challenging, but also filled with exciting and meaningful moments. As I’m sure you know, last weekend, 45 people were crushed to death and more than 150 people hurt, including many in critical condition, in a stampede at a mass gathering to celebrate the Lag B’Omer holiday at Mount Meron. […]

Jerusalem Weekly #2 – April 29, 2021

Ein prat nature reserve

Shalom Parents and Students! There one more month left until the end of the semester and we still have a lot in store… Here are some of this week’s highlights. Last Friday, we took the students for some surfing and rest time on the beach in Tel Aviv. On Monday evening, we had a traditional Israeli Poyke […]

Jerusalem Weekly – April 8, 2021

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Shalom Parents & Students,We hope everyone had a wonderful Passover holiday!This week in Jerusalem, it was great to hear from all the students about their adventures and celebrations during the time off. We had a very busy week, with so much going on! This time of year in Israel is always an exciting one with […]

Jerusalem Weekly – March 4, 2021

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Dear Parents & Students, Sunday was Purim in Jerusalem!!! The Hebrew date of Purim is the 14th of the month of Adar, starting the evening before. However, in Jerusalem and other “walled” cities, the holiday is celebrated one day later than everywhere else. Our students heard the Megillah (also known as the Book of Esther), […]

Jerusalem Weekly – Feb 25, 2021

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Dear Parents & Students, This week, we were getting in the Purim spirit! Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. This took place in the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire. Purim is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in […]