Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day for global recognition of female leaders who are paving new paths for generations to come.
Masa Israel Journey salutes the achievements of powerful Jewish women who have united Jewish communities worldwide with Israel by creating new programs and opportunities that empower tomorrow’s leaders.
Aardvark Israel is honored to have Debbie Goldsmith, our co-founder and CEO, included among the other distinguished women on the list of Masa’s Inspiring Twelve.
Thousands of Israelis have joined efforts to help and clean the tar that has spread over most of Israel’s shores, and we at Aardvark Israel joined Masa Israel Journey on Sunday in their efforts.
Q & A Noa Niv – Aardvark Israel Alum from Livingston
Noa Niv took a gap year with Aardvark Israel in 2019-2020.
Then she made Aliyah through Nefesh B’Nefesh and The Jewish Agency for Israel.
And now? Now she is a student in an academic preparatory school for immigrants at Bar-Ilan University, and will soon be enrolling in Tel Aviv University | אוניברסיטת תל-אביב where she plans to study computer science and neuroscience.
“Last year, I came to Israel on a gap year. I wanted to see what it would be like to live there, but experience things beyond going to the beach and hanging out with friends. I wanted to experience what Israel is like when you have a budget and responsibilities. Even with all the hardships that COVID brought, I still love it.”
Hear From Our Students
A Friday Night to Remember
“I had been looking forward to the service since May. The moment I decided to come to Israel, my mom, in her Rabbinic excitement, made sure to tell me to attend Kabbalat Shabbat services with Nava Tehila.
Knowing that I was going to be away from home for so long, I was thrilled at the prospect of attending a service that would remind me so much of my own. My friends can attest to my excitement; ten months of waiting was finally over. I would soon get to join in the ever-comforting song and prayer and dance of my home. I couldn’t wait.”
Gaining Independence on A Gap Year
For Raquel Levit, a gap year before college was never in her plans until the coronavirus hit. Now she appreciates its value and the chance to gain independence. “On a gap year, you’re basically forced to get to know who you really are, and you may never get this sort of experience again. It is probably one of the first times you will be on your own and starting fresh, and this fresh start means you get to be whoever you want to be — so take advantage of every opportunity.”
Expanding Her Horizons in Israel
In her first semester on Big Idea Gap Year, Jaclyn Josephson learned computer coding in addition to her Aardvark Israel classes.
During her second semester, she’s been working on creating her own app, which will focus on mental health and offer users a platform where they can share their own experiences. She’s also interning at FairFly, a tech startup in Tel Aviv.
Read in Jaclyn’s own words why she would “300%” tell others to do a gap year program in Israel.
The Holiday of Passover has begun, and some of our Aardvark Israel staff and Alumni want to wish our students, families, alumni, and friends a Happy Passover!
Chag Sameach from all of us here at Aardvark Israel!