Student of the Year – Heidi David

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Hi y’all! I’m Heidi David from Atlanta, Georgia. I loved last semester in Jerusalem and now I’m loving life in Tel Aviv! I went to public school all of my life, so going on a gap year in Israel was a surprise to most of my peers, but it has definitely been one of the […]

Cats in Israel

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When you first arrive in Israel for your gap year you are sure to marvel at a huge variety of sites, feel the difference in culture to your home country and generally discover lots of new and exciting things. However, one thing that you probably aren’t prepared for is the huge number of cats roaming […]

Weekly Updates – Jerusalem December 22, 2017

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Dear Parents, I can’t believe that the Jerusalem experience will soon be over, but we still had plenty to do this week. Here are the highlights: On Monday night we had a Hanukkah shirt making and Sfinge Donut making session. Sfinge is a Moroccan Hanukkah donut. We had so much fun making donuts and making […]

Weekly Updates – Jerusalem November 30, 2017

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Dear Parents, This week was crazy fun, and I have so much to tell you! So let’s get started!! On Sunday we had elections! To round off our Politics Month the students spent the day preparing for the elections and in the evening they had a debate between each apartments’ assigned Knesset party. The students […]

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 […]

The Breadth and Depth of a Jewish Gap Year

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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 […]

Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv April 28, 2017

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Shalom Parents, As I said in my last email, this period of the year is very special.     On Sunday, we drove all the way to Jerusalem in order to join the holocaust day ceremony in Yad Vashem. Our first stop was at mount Herzl. There the students took part in an activity about […]

Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv November 24, 2016

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Shalom Parents! Another great week has come to an end.I hope you are ready for some of our great highlights of this week! On Sunday evening, the students gathered in their apartments to meet with their madrichim. The madrichim came with the next part of the puzzle of the array – “My Israeli Journey”. The activity […]