The Last Weekly Update

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Shalom Parents, I hope you are all excited to see your children again. We, the Tel Aviv staff, have had a bittersweet 3 days… It is so exciting to see the change and progress every single one of the students made during the semester! But right now the office is so quiet… it feels unnatural! […]

Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv May 25, 2017

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Shalom Parents, I cannot believe that there is less than a week left of the program. I feel like I met the students just yesterday. They were a little confused, very excited, and full of question: “Why am I not alone in a bedroom?” “Where do I do my laundry?” “Why do I have to […]

The Advantages of a Gap Year in Tel Aviv

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If you are planning on taking a gap year in Israel you will be faced with the choice between spending your time in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. On Aardvark you will broadly have very similar options in each city, a wide range of study programs, gap year internships, interesting and diverse activities and more. The […]

Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv May 18, 2017

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Shalom Parents! On Sunday the students went all the way to Jerusalem to experience Lag B’omer in the best way possible. Jerusalem is well known for its great atmosphere during the holiday. As you approach the city you can start to smell the bonfires. At first, the students were shocked to see all the bonfires. From little […]

Student of the Week – Shai Abrahams

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Hi, My name is Shai Abrahams and I am from Johannesburg South Africa. I had never really thought about a gap-year program after school, although I knew that I wasn’t just ready for university yet so when Simon came to speak at my school, my interest peaked immediately. At first my family and I were […]

Netherlands 2017

Netherlands day 1

Day 1 Dear Parents, We have all safely arrived in the wonderful city of Amsterdam!We reached our hotel, which is very well located close to public transportation and cool sites, and it is extremely comfortable. Once everyone was ready, we headed out to begin exploring. We went to the Rijksmuseum. The museumfirst opened its doors […]

Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv May 5, 2017

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Dear Parents, I hope this email finds you well. I am happy to share this week’s highlights from Aardvark Tel Aviv: On Sunday, we all went, both the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv groups, to a very special Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) ceremony organized by Masa and attended by several thousand people from different programs. It […]

The Breadth and Depth of a Jewish Gap Year


If you are considering a gap year in Israel the chances are you already have a fairly strong sense of Jewish identity in one way or another. Taking a gap year with Aardvark Israel will allow you to shape the year into one that not only provides a huge amount of fun, regardless of religious […]

Student of the Week – Aaron Sistare

Student of the week: aaron sistare

My name is Aaron Sistare. I am from Greensboro, North Carolina. I decided to join the Aardvark Israel Gap Year Program so that I would be more mature, responsible, and independent for my near future in university and later in life. Even though I am not very religious, I love living in Israel, both Tel-Aviv […]

Weekly Updates – Jerusalem March 30, 2017

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Dear Parents, Here are some of our unforgettable moments from the past week On Sunday, the students continued with their volunteer work. Nikki Schultz works at Stand With Us and wrote the following about the work, “My internship is cool. I work with Stand With Us on Social Media. Basically I have been making graphics for different […]