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This Week on Aardvark Israel

Ice skating

Shalom Parents and Students,   Since the week started with two days of Shavuot holiday, it was a short one but still amazing! On Monday night, we were informed by Masa that we were lucky to receive an extra night for our trip up north with all three communities from Rothschild, Florentin, and Jerusalem. The students and staff […]

Jerusalem Weekly – May 13, 2021

Masada and the dead sea

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 the relevant agencies to ensure the safety of all our students following the recent developments in Israel. Even with the complexity of these times in Israel, our week […]

Jerusalem Weekly – May 6, 2021

Extreme track at ben shimon forest

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 – November 26th

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This week, my Israeli politics class went to the President’s Residence! We were able to see “The room where it happens,” as our teacher kept saying, which was filled with so many different aspects of Israeli life and culture. We learned about the president’s role here in Israel, and how throughout history it has been […]

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 […]

An open letter to the Aardvark Israel community

by Sara Goldstein Since March 12th, when the legislators of the Greater Los Angeles area declared my hometown was to undergo a mandatory shut-down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I have felt overwhelmingly stagnant. Given that I am a sociable extravert who thrives on deep interpersonal connection, a pandemic which forces the global community into […]

Alumni of the Month – Betsy Weill​

My name is Betsy Weill and I’m from Deerfield, Illinois. I took a gap semester with Aardvark Israel in Jerusalem during the Fall of 2019 and started college at New York University in January of 2020. The cliché of a life-changing gap year is a cliché for a reason. After my four months of living […]

Weekly Updates – Jerusalem January 31, 2019

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Shalom Parents & Students, Another busy week has come to an end here on Aardvark Jerusalem and our students are slowly settling into the program’s daily routine. Now it is my pleasure to tell you about some of the highlights from the past week.  On Sunday we began the week we the monthly community talk in […]

The First Weekly Letter – Jerusalem

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Dear Parents & Students, It has been an amazing week here on Aardvark Jerusalem. We had a great time meeting your children. Here are the highlights from the week: As you know, the students arrived throughout the day on Monday and they started getting to know one other and the staff. We had lunch across the road […]

Weekly Updates – Jerusalem November 16, 2018

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Shalom Parents, We have reached the halfway point of our first semester and I must tell you about some of the amazing things that have happened. We had a great week full of fun, meaningful and educational activities. Here is the news from this week: Our week began on Motzei Shabbat (Saturday Night), when we had […]