About professional and personal growth – Shayna Dash

Professional and personal growth

My time on Aardvark Israel is exactly why I choose a gap year. While on Aardvark, I have not only gained real work experience with my internship but also gained independence and lifelong friendships. Aardvark gives us the ability to learn about Israel and form deep connections with the land. I have gained knowledge and […]

It’s a wrap! Fall Semester summary by Zac Lovat

Fall semester summary

This semester in Tel-Aviv has certainly been one to remember, and for good reason. From day 1 we have been immersed in a completely new culture, challenged to live on our own for the first time, work, and make new friends. We have been in an environment which has pushed us all and I couldn’t […]

Chaimes Daycare

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Volunteering at Chaimes daycare for kids with special needs has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have had already two years of experience working with individuals with special needs and coming to Israel I really wanted to continue in that field of work. In such a short amount of time, I […]

Adam Grossman – Leadership Seminar in Neot Kedumim

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Yesterday, we were taken to a leadership seminar in Neot Kedumim. After splitting into two groups, we were taken around the nature reserve to undertake various activities centered around team building, communication, and cooperation. From herding cattle to obstacle courses, we learnt both how to effectively be part of a team as well as how […]

Sammie Wittenstein – Shabbaton in Peki’in

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At the Shabbaton in Peki’in we experienced a taste of Druze culture. We first stopped at a home where we got to experience Druze cooking, and later on we toured the area for a more everyday perspective. We also participated in programs where we discussed our personal connections to Judaism and specifically Hanukkah. It was […]

Sam Lynn & Alex Sandler – Yad Vashem and Har Hertzel

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Sam Lynn This week was an emotional whirlwind. We began our Siyur day at Yad Vashem, my personal favorite Holocaust museum. For me, Yad Vashem stands out because of its incredible attention to detail and its ability to tell as many individual stories as possible. While I have been to Yad Vashem before each time […]

Julian Frucht – Hanukkah tour in Bnei Brak

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My experience in Bnei Barak learning about the orthodox community in that city was very interesting. We have been to religious areas of the country on other tiyuls, but this one, in particular, was very unique. Our tour took place during the third night of Hanukkah, and it was fascinating walking around the city and […]

Daniel Matthys – Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Masada!

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I came to Israel to grow closer to my culture and heritage. The opportunity to have a Bar Mitzvah on top of Masada was another part of this journey, and one I am glad that I took. It was awesome being able to have this experience with my friends Benjamin and Gabi. There was something […]

Hannah Nahmias – Masada in the sunrise

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Visiting Masada was challenging yet rewarding. We left early in the morning in order to watch the sunrise on the mountain. We took the Roman ramp up and the snake path down. We also had a great tour guide who explained to us the history of Masada. We visited an ancient Mikva, church, and synagogue. […]

Zac Lovat – Beit Shemesh – The glance to the religious sectors in Israel

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In an attempt to discover more about the religious areas of Israel, the Florentin community was taken to the city of Bet Shemesh. To start, we questioned individuals who lived there to see their opinions on the city, of which many were mixed both favour and against the city.Afterwards, we attended a talk given by […]