Weekly Updates – September 8, 2022

Zach and levi from florentin community in the old city of jaffa

Shalom parents and students! Our new arrivals are already becoming familiar with their surroundings and are getting to know each other better. This week’s activities promoted bonding within our communities, where they participated in a communal ODT (outdoor training). This week we also began our “Faces of Israel” evening activity which is designed to expose […]

Exploring Jerusalem’s Modern Art Scene

Jerusalem participants in a panel discussion with arava institute students

Jerusalem is famous for its history, but it is also home to a thriving modern art scene. While many visitors to the city will stop by the Israel Museum, there is in fact much more to see. If you are a fan of modern art, then be sure to make the time for some of […]

Hiking Trails on the Golan Heights

Dayna, sam, ofir, daniel, cooper, nina, and inbar at the golan heights

If you enjoy hiking, then Israel offers countless possibilities. There are hikes to suit every taste, from the Negev in the south to the Golan Heights in the north. If you are interested in hiking through greenery while exploring streams and waterfalls, then the Golan is probably the place for you. For example, you could […]

Weekly Updates – September 1, 2022

Oren and sarit from florentin tasting israel's finest bourekas

Shalom, parents and students! It’s the first week of the semester, and the students have been settling into their apartments and getting to know the neighborhood. Along with several orientation sessions, our students went to Shuk Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Market to try out the local food, because really, how can […]

Exploring Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street

Tel aviv’s dizengoff street

There is no way that you will be able to avoid Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv during your gap year in Israel, no matter which city you are living in. One of the city’s main streets, it is packed with shops, bars and cafes, and it runs all the way from the north end of […]

The Maccabiah Games

The maccabiah games

You have probably heard of the Maccabiah Games, but did you know that it is actually the third-largest sporting event in the world when measured by the number of competitors? The Maccabiah Games take place every four years and the twenty-first edition has recently wrapped up in Israel. It brought together roughly 10,000 youth and […]

Gap years are not the only way to spend time in Israel after school

Gap years are not the only way to spend time in israel after school

UJIA’s growing menu of 18+ programmes is attracting a higher take-up By Simon Baker A gap year in Israel has long been the pinnacle of experience in a Jewish youth movement.Not only did they deepen an individual’s Jewish connection but over the years they provided a pool of future leadership for community organizations. But in […]

Exploring Rishon LeZion – Israel’s Fourth-Largest City

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Many people will have spent some time in Israel prior to their gap year. It is most likely that you have enjoyed relaxing on Tel Aviv’s beaches and exploring the history of Jerusalem. However, these are far from the only two cities in Israel, and it is definitely worth taking the time to explore more […]

Ein Hod – Israel’s Unique Artist Village

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

If you enjoy visual art of any kind, then you must make sure to visit the village of Ein Hod while on your gap year in Israel. The artist village is located at the bottom of Mount Carmel and in addition to beautiful views of the Mediterranean, it is home to many of Israel’s finest […]

New academic collaboration with Portland State University

Portland state university

We are thrilled to announce a wonderful new partnership with Portland State University which offers participants in all of the Aardvark Israel Program the opportunity to earn college credits from PSU for their courses taken in Israel. Over the last 12 years, Aardvark Israel has enjoyed an incredibly productive and positive relationship with the American […]