Student of the Week – Josh Smith

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

I chose to come on a gap year because after a couple of intense years of school combined with Covid, I decided I wanted to take a break and do something a little different. I wanted to come to Israel because as an important and complicated part of my Jewish identity, I felt it was […]

Weekly Updates – January 20, 2022

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Shalom Parents and Students! We are already starting the second week of the semester, and our students are feeling more like locals and becoming more familiar with their neighborhoods and their weekly schedule. This week, our students experienced their first Tuesday Tiyul (exciting!) and participated in bonding activities to help them to get to know […]

Weekly Updates – January 13, 2022

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Shalom Parents and Students! Spring Semester has officially started! We welcomed more than 200 students from all over the world, and look at that – they are already touring their neighborhoods with their madrichim, going through important orientation sessions, and getting to know their new best friends. Want to see how their first week looked? […]

The Aardvark Monthly – December 2021

Jillian and lulu from florentin! Looking wonderful ladies

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff, These were the last weeks of Fall semester, and we could not have had a better semester. Our students are now on their winter break and will get back to us next week already along with the new students joining in for Spring (Yay)! So what have we been […]

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 […]

Weekly Updates – December 30, 2021

Hannah, gailen, alex, josh, zac, and jake from florentin and jerusalem

Shalom Parents and Students! This week was the last day of our Fall 2021 semester. Our students reflected on their experiences and got the chance to see all they have accomplished and how they’ve grown. Each group participated in closing activities together. The students took the time to write something special to one of his […]

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 […]

Student of the Week – Julian Frucht

Julian frucht

When I first thought about taking a gap year, it was mainly because of the fear I had that college would be altered by Covid, so I wouldn’t get your normal “freshman experience”. What ultimately led me to take a gap year was coming to the realization that this was going to be one of […]

Weekly Updates – December 23, 2021

A futursic visit at lightricks, a high-tech company in jerusalem

Shalom Parents and Students! This week our students had some closure moments, while they prepared for the semester to end, including spending their last days in their internships and volunteering. Jerusalem community students traveled to the Kotel tunnels and attended an end-of-semester party in the Moadon. They enjoyed a talent show and a trivia contest, […]

Student of the Week – Samuel Spizzichino

Samuel spizzichino

I’ve lived in Rome all my life, and growing up I realized that the bubble I was living in was too small to achieve my goals. So I decided to take a gap year to experience a new culture, away from home, and meet people with different ideas than mine.I was hours and hours in […]