Weekly Updates

The Last Weekly Update

Weekly Updates The Last Weekly Update 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...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem: The Last Letter

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem: The Last Letter Shalom Parents! Today the Aardvark program officially came to an end. It was bittersweet for all of us. It has been a wonderful year, but it is sad to see the students leave. While a small number of our...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv May 25, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv May 25, 2017 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...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem May 19, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem May 19, 2017 This week on Aardvark was as busy as ever with lots of activities taking place. The week was a unique combination of Jewish tradition and a last big effort before our final week. On Sunday the schedule was...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv May 18, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv May 18, 2017 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...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem May 15, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem May 15, 2017 Dear Parents, We hope this email find you well. While Natali is having fun leading our international trip to Holland, I'm more than happy to send you the weekly update: On Sunday we followed our normal schedule....

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem May 11, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem May 11, 2017 Shalom Parents, Summer is slowly but surely arriving. Each day the sun sets a few minutes later. The madrichim are starting to work with each student to summarize their experiences from the past few months and...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv May 5, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv May 5, 2017 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...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem May 4, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem May 4, 2017 Dear Parents, This week in Israel was extremely busy. The juxtaposition of Memorial Day and Independence Day results in a very special time in Israel. Marking these days, the students felt the unification of Israel...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv April 28, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv April 28, 2017 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...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem April 27, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem April 27, 2017 Dear Parents, Here are some of this week’s highlights: On Sunday, the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv students were honored to attend a Masa event to mark Yom Hashoah. The first part of the day took place at the...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv April 20, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv April 20, 2017 Shalom Parents! The students just came back from their Pesach holiday. Many of the students made use of platforms we offered and many of the opportunities that Israel has to offer in the spring! Alex Maybloom for...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem April 20, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem April 20, 2017 Dear Parents, We hope this email finds you well and you all enjoyed the Pesach holiday. While Natali is having fun leading our international trip in Germany, I'm more than happy to share our weekly letter with...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv April 6, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv April 6, 2017 Shalom Parents! Our week is just about to end and Pesach is already here! Yesterday we came back from the north of Israel, The Golan Heights. The tiyul started with an overview of the south of the Golan Heights....

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem April 6, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem April 6, 2017 Dear Parents, As I write to you the students are cleaning their apartments for Passover. Then we will all sit down for the Passover Seder to have our lunch like a big happy family. We are going to read the...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem March 30, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem March 30, 2017 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...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv March 30, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv March 30, 2017 Shalom Parents, March is almost over, Pesach (Passover) is just around the corner and the group and staff are all extremely busy! Last Sunday, the Madrichim had the feeling that the students needed a little bit...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem March 26, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem March 26, 2017 Dear parents, Here are some of the highlights from the past week. On Sunday, we had a talk from the right-wing representative Ishay Flecher who talked about right wing politics in Israel. In the talk he spoke...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv March 23, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv March 23, 2017 Shalom Parents, This week we decided to make some changes. Six students were chosen to replace the madrichim for the entire week. Tali Webber was one of them and she has written a summary of this week’s schedule:...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem March 19, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem March 19, 2017 Dear Parents and Students, Here are some of the best moments from the past week: It was Purim on Sunday! In the morning we made Hamentashens and went to the nursing home across the street to hand out them out...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv March 16, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv March 16, 2017 Shalom Parents, Last weekend was a very special one. Leading up to and throughout Purim Israel comes to life and is full of people celebrating the most colorful holiday of the year. Customs from all over the...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem March 9, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates – Jerusalem March 9, 2017 Shalom Parents, We hope this email finds you well. This week Natali was on a vacation, so I am more than happy to share our weekly letter with you 🙂 It was a great week for us and the following events are just...

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Weekly Update – Tel Aviv March 9, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Update - Tel Aviv March 9, 2017 Shalom Parents, March has arrived together with spring. I am telling you this because at Aardvark we celebrate the arrival of the spring with "Break Out March" You may ask “what exactly is that?” It is a platform...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem March 2, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem March 2, 2017 Dear Parents Well, we’ve had another full week at Aardvark! On Monday morning we left Jerusalem and headed to the Negev desert. Our 2-day excursion to explore the dream of modern Jewish pioneers in the southern...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv March 2, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv March 2, 2017 Shalom Parents! On Monday morning we left Tel Aviv to head to the Negev desert! We started our day in the city of Be'er Sheva, “the capital of the Negev”. In Be'er Sheva we visited the Palmach monument. Our guide...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv February 23, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv February 23, 2017 Shalom Parents, Another great week has come to an end. I have a lot to share with you so grab a cup of tea or coffee, find a comfortable sit and relax. I’ll wait until you’re ready… Shall we...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem February 19, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem February 19, 2017 Dear Parents, On Sunday the students continued with their volunteer work. One of the places that they can volunteer is the Gan HaShikumi for children with disabilities. Three of the students volunteer there,...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv February 16, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv February 16, 2017 Shalom Parents, This week was very interesting for everyone. The students had the opportunity to travel to Sderot, a part of Israel that most had never been to before and some had not even heard of. In...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem February 12, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem February 12, 2017 Hello parents, This week in Jerusalem we enjoyed some phenomenal activities... The week began on Sunday with the Sports Club and early on Monday morning some of us stayed up to watch the Super Bowl...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv February 9, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv February 9, 2017 Dear Parents, We hope this email finds you well. While Adi is off having fun leading the international trip in Ethiopia, I’m more than happy to share our news with you J It was a great week for us and...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem February 5, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem February 5, 2017 Dear Parents, Here are some of our memories from the past week. On Sunday afternoon our coordinator Natali taught us how to Zumba, a type of Spanish dance that helps to release pent up energy. Abi...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv February 3, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv February 3, 2017 Shalom Parents! How are you? I hope you are well. We have had a wonderful week during which the students have learnt some new and interesting concepts regarding their journeys here in Israel. Last Sunday,...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem January 30, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem January 30, 2017 Dear Parents First of all I want to apologize for the delay of the weekly e-mail Here are some of the best moments we had last week Last week was super busy in Jerusalem. Sunday started is students off with...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv January 26, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv January 26, 2017 Shalom Parents! After we dedicated an entire week to make sure everyone understands basic apartment maintenance, from cleaning to living together, we dedicated this week to something way more fun: Cooking! It...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem January 22, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem January 22, 2017 Dear Parents Shalom, Last week was a great week on the Aardvark Jerusalem Program. Starting Monday we had our first day of internships/volunteering. Every year our students choose from a wide variety of...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv January 19, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv January 19, 2017 Shalom Parents! As you probably understand from your children and the schedule, we are building a weekly routine after the intensive orientation we had here. The students are starting to understand the...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem January 15, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates – Jerusalem January 15, 2017 Dear parents, It's been an amazing week. We have had a great time meeting your kids. As you know, the students arrived throughout Monday and they started meeting each other and meeting the staff. For lunch, we...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv January 14, 2017

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv January 14, 2017 Shalom Parents! The students are about to finish their first week on Aardvark. We have had such a busy schedule this week that the students said that each day felt like an entire week! The first day began at...

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The First Day of Aardvark – Jerusalem

Weekly Updates The First Day of Aardvark - Jerusalem Dear Parents, We are having an exciting and interesting first day here at Aardvark Jerusalem! Aside from one last flight scheduled to arrive late tonight, all the students have arrived safe and sound. Our building...

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Welcome to Jerusalem

Weekly Updates Welcome to Jerusalem Dear parents, My name is Natali Basel and I’m the city coordinator for the Jerusalem division of the Aardvark Israel. I can't wait to meet you and your children, and I hope they are as excited as I am for the experience ahead. My...

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Shalom From Aardvark Tel Aviv

Weekly Updates Shalom From Aardvark Tel Aviv Shalom Parents, I would like to start by introducing myself: My name is Adi, and I’m the Aardvark Coordinator for Tel Aviv. The field of informal education has always been a significant part of my life. I was a “Madrich”...

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Final Weekly Letter First Semester 29.12.16

Weekly Updates Final Weekly Letter First Semester 29.12.16 We just finished our final week of the semester here in Jersualem! Our week was full of cleaning, Hannukah celebration and saying goodbye to the Madrichim and students who were only staying for one semester....

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Final Weekly update for Fall semester 2016

Weekly Updates Final Weekly update for Fall semester 2016 Shalom Parents! I cannot believe the semester is over...I feel like I just met the students yesterday. They were a little confused and very excited, and full of questions: "Why am I not alone in a bedroom?"...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem December 25, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem December 25, 2016 Dear Parents, We've enjoyed another jam-packed week here at Aardvark. On Monday evening, representatives from the NGO, Tevel B’tzedek came and speak to and tell us about the group and what they do. Aardvark...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv December 22, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv December 22, 2016 Shalom Parents! According to the Jewish calendar, from this Saturday, we are starting to count the "darkest" days of the year. Each time we light another candle to have more light in a longer night. This year...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem December 18, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem December 18, 2016 Dear Parents! Well, we had another full week at Aardvark! On Monday afternoon we went to the Marva Ceremony (Military Track) at the Western Wall. We saw Jake Walters and Jordie Wise receive their Diskit (Dog...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv December 15, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv December 15, 2016 Shalom Parents! This week we decided to do some changes. 6 students have been chosen to replace the madrichim for 2 days. Wren Gilbert was one of them. She wrote to you all a summary of this week schedule: (I...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem December 12, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem December 12, 2016 Dear Parents, Another month has passed here at Aardvark, but we've accomplished so much! Here are some of our highlights from our week: On Monday we enjoyed a class on How to Make Chanukah with clay. The...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv December 8, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv December 8, 2016 Dear Parents, Although there is WiFi on most flights these days, Adi entrusted me to send the weekly email in his place. He is currently in the air somewhere over Asia on his way with the Aardvark International...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem December 4, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem December 4, 2016 Dear Parents, We had another fun packed week here in Jerusalem starting with karaoke! On Monday-The girls program, decided to go together for an evening of karaoke, in the Jerusalem City Center, The students...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv December 2, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv December 2, 2016 Shalom Parents! Throughout the last week and a half, most of the country (your children included) was discussing the cold & dry air. All over the news they were saying that in the last 24 years we've never...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem November 27, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem November 27, 2016 Dear Parents, We had another wonderful week here at Aardvark. Here are some highlights. On Tuesday we toured Abu Ghosh, an peaceful Arab village just outside Jerusalem. For lunch In Abu Ghosh we ate in a...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv November 24, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv November 24, 2016 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...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem November 22, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem November 22, 2016 On Sunday we started our cooking club with Chaya the madricha. We learned to prepare two kinds of lasagna Celeste Williams said that making lasagna with her friends was the highlight of her day., On Tuesday...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv November 18, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv November 18, 2016 Shalom Parents! The middle of November is here and its finally starting to feel like winter here. The skies are gray more often and the warm clothing is unpacked from the back of the closet. On Sunday, during...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem November 13, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem November 13, 2016 Dear parents, This week at Aardvark, we worked introducing our students to Israeli politics. Here are a few of the activities they participated in: We started the week by teaching apartments #6 and #7 how to...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv November 10, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv November 10, 2016 Shalom Parents! Another great week on Aardvark is coming to an end, and as always, I have many experiences, pictures and stories to share. Find yourself a comfortable spot (couch is preferable) and we'll be...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem November 7, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem November 7, 2016 Dear Parents, Last week was an eventful one here at Aardvark. Here is a breakdown of some of the amazing stuff we did. On Monday we had the annual MASA Mega-event. All the gap year students around Israel got...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv November 3, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv November 3, 2016 Shalom Parents! On Monday evening, we all went to the MASA cultural event. It is a huge event taking place in the International Convention Center in Jerusalem - one of the biggest buildings in Jerusalem. The...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem October 30, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem October 30, 2016 Dear Parents, I hope your week was as eventful and as much fun as ours! The biggest highlight of our week was our annual 3-day Ketura Seminar. On Tuesday morning, bright and early at 6:00 am, we departed for...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv October 28, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv October 28, 2016 Shalom Parents! It is great to be back again 🙂 I hope your holidays were relaxing and meaningful. Here are some of are highlights for the week - things were over the top here and there is plenty I want to...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem October 23, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem October 23, 2016 Dear Parents, Mo'adim L'simcha! It seems that this year that October is full of holidays. At Aardvark we are busy, though also stuffed from yummy holiday meals! Here are some of the highlights of the week:...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv October 13, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv October 13, 2016 Shalom Parents, This week was a very special week due to Yom Kippur, as some of you know there is a different atmosphere in Israel than anywhere else in the world during Yom Kippur. Conversations about what is...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem October 13, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem October 13, 2016 Dear Parents, Happy New Year and we hope you all had an easy and meaningful Yom Kippur. This week, in honor of the new year, we helped the kids turn their eyes within. At this time of the year, during the...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem October 7, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem October 7, 2016 Dear Parents, Shana Tova! Because of the chag we had a short week here Ardvaark, but still we've been busy and its been amazing! What could be better than starting a new week with a New Year? All our students...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv October 7, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv October 7, 2016 Hello Parents, Since Adi left us here all alone for the holidays, I'll be writing you the weekly newsletters in the next couple of weeks. I want to apologize for those of you that every week, since August 28th,...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem September 30, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem September 30, 2016 Dear Parents I want to share with you some of the special moments we have experienced here at Aardvark. On Monday night we had a Workshop on “Create Your Own Sushi.” We taught the students that sometimes...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv September 30, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv September 30, 2016 Shalom Parents! Another great week is over and the holidays are just around the corner. If you'll walk outside, you'll see that the fall is starting to take his place here. It starting to get cold in the...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv September 23, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv September 23, 2016 Shalom Parents! Another great week ended. Your children have been here for almost a month! It is crazy how time flies so quickly... I think that we can definitely say that your children have found their...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem September 15, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem September 15, 2016 Dear Parents, We have enjoyed another great week with beautiful hot weather. Here is a bit more about some of the experiences that we have had this past week. Every Sunday evening, the students have an...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv September 15, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv September 15, 2016 Shalom Parents! This is a unique time now in Israel. The summer is about to end (although it is still hot outside..). The fall is just around the corner. The energies around are changing. People here starting...

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Welcome to Selah 2016

Weekly Updates Welcome to Selah 2016 I cannot believe that in a few days you'll all be in Israel on Aardvark. I wanted to wish you a happy last few days with your friends and family before you fly off for an incredible experience. I also wanted to introduce myself if...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv September 8, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv September 8, 2016 Shalom Parents! As you probably understand from your children and the schedule, we are building a weekly routine after the intensive orientation we had here. The students are starting to understand the...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem September 8, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem September 8, 2016 As you probably understand from your children and the schedule, we are building a weekly routine after the intensive orientation we had here. The students are starting to understand the framework we created...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Sept 1, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem September 1, 2016 Dear Parents and Students, Our first week in Jerusalem was a busy, eventful and exciting one. Here are some highlights: The week started out on Monday as the students all arrived and began to settle in to...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv Sept 1, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv September 1,2016 Shalom Parents! The students are about to finish their first week on Aardvark! According to the students, every day felt like a whole week because of the busy schedule we had. We started the first day at 5:20...

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Tel Aviv – first day Fall 2016

Weekly Updates Tel Aviv - first day Fall 2016 Shalom Parents, We had a busy and interesting first day, here at Aardvark Tel Aviv! I just wanted to let you know that everyone has arrived safe and sound. (Except of 2 students which we are still waiting for). After a...

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Tel Aviv pre- arrival 2016

Weekly Updates Tel Aviv pre- arrival 2016 Dear Future Aardvarkian, Congratulations! By deciding to spend this year in Israel, you have made a wonderful decision that has the potential to be a life changing experience. It will be an adventure you will never forget. My...

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Jerusalem pre-arrival 2016

Weekly Updates Jerusalem pre-arrival 2016 Dear Parents and Future Aardvarkians, Congratulations! By deciding to spend this year in Israel, you have made a wonderful decision that has the potential to be a life changing experience. It will be an adventure you will...

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Selah Email

Weekly Updates Selah Email Hello to all the Selah crew for 2016-2017! Now that we have finished last year’s program I am already looking forward to next year and with Shavuot coming up I thought I'd share a few thoughts and a photo with you. On Shavuot we read the...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv June 2, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv June 2, 2016 Shalom Parents I hope that you are all excited to see your children again. We, the Tel Aviv staff, have had a bittersweet 3 days since they left... It is so exciting to see the change and progress every single one...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem May 31, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem May 31, 2016 Shalom Parents! The Aardvark program officially came to an end today (for everyone except those in Marva). It is a bittersweet feeling for all of us. It has been a wonderful year but it is sad to see the students...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv May 27, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv May 27, 2016 Dear 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 and very excited, and full of questions: "Why am I not...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem May 21, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem May 21, 2016 Dear Parents, I cannot believe that there are just two weeks left of the program. I feel like I just met the students yesterday. They were confused and excited, and full of question like "Why am I not alone in the...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv May 21, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv May 21, 2016 Shalom Parents! This week felt slightly different. A lot of the students are beginning to understand that the semester is close to an end and this knowledge affects each student differently. Some of them are happy...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem May 18, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem May 18, 2016 Dear Parents, Last week in Israel was extremely busy so as a result of the holidays combined with the end of year preparations my letter is reaching you a little later than usual. The consecutive holidays of...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv May 18, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv May 18, 2016 Shalom Parents! Last week in Israel was extremely busy so as a result of the holidays combined with the end of year preparations my letter is reaching you a little later than usual. The students have had number of...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem April 25, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem April 25, 2016 Dear Parents I want to wish everyone happy holiday Unfortunately I broke my leg so the weekly email is bit delayed Here are some of our experiences from last week: Last week we had to say goodbye to the military...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv May 8, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv May 8, 2016 Shalom Parents! In Israel, when Passover is over, we enter one of the most meaningful times of the year. Starting with Holocaust Memorial Day, then a week later Memorial Day for our Fallen Soldiers and Victims of...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem May 5, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem May 5, 2016 Dear Parents, Here are some of our most important events this week. On Tuesday we went to the Israel Museum. My favorite part of the visit was learning about and seeing the Dead Sea scrolls. These manuscripts are...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv April 24, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv April 24, 2016 Shalom Parents! Yesterday was a special day in Israel. It was Seder Night. Almost everything was closed (such as shops, restaurants, cinemas…) and everyone gathered together for a family reunion! Each family has...

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Weekly Update – Jerusalem April 17, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Update - Jerusalem April 17, 2016 Dear Aardvark Parents, I’m sorry that last week’s weekly newsletter wasn’t sent to you, I was leading the International Track’s trip to Germany. Here are this week’s highlights: We started our week with the...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv April 17, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv April 17, 2016 Shalom Parents! Another week of Aardvark is over. If I was asked to summarize the week in just a few words I would say: Sunny, Rainy, Exciting, and Hummus! If you want to hear a little more about it then keep on...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv April 10, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv April 10, 2016 Shalom Parents! Here in Tel Aviv we can already feel the spring. It is warm outside, but not too warm. A lot of people are heading outdoors and there are a number of events taking place, we can almost feel the...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem April 3, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem April 3, 2016 Dear parents, This week I have decided to give one of our students the opportunity to tell you about the past few days. Here are some words from Adam Acker: “This past Tuesday we had an incredible tiyul. Our...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv April 3, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv April 3, 2016 Shalom Parents! Today is the final day of the month of March, one of the program’s more intense months. Why? Because it was "Breakout" month on Aardvark. At the beginning of the month, now that the students have...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem March 27, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem March 27, 2016 Dear Parents, By now you will have heard about the terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium. We heard the news during the second day of our tiyul, a few minutes before starting our last hike and just before we lost...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv March 25, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv March 25, 2016 Shalom Parents! By now you will have heard about the terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium. We heard the news during the second day of our tiyul, a few minutes before starting our last hike and just before we lost...

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Weekly Updates – Jeruslem March 17, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jeruslem March 17, 2016 Dear Parents This week the students enjoyed a number of activities about the society we live in. Here are a few of the things we did. On Monday the students attended a Masa BDS seminar at the Yehuda Hotel. They...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv March 17, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv March 17, 2016 Shalom Parents! A lot happened this week and there is so much that is going to happen next week so please make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed and I'll give you all the highlights!   On Sunday, as...

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Weekly Updates – Jeruslem March 11, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jeruslem March 11, 2016 Dear Parents,   All week long the sun was out making us sweat (except for today). T-shirts and shorts came out of the closets and a whole new season has begun.   On Monday our students went to the ice...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv March 10, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv March 10, 2016 Shalom Parents! I hope you are all well and prepared to focus on my weekly update! I want to open with a great example of cooperation between a student and his Madrich. Zack Stockar was telling Shirli, his...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem March 5, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem March 5, 2016 Dear Parents We have had a week full of adventures! Here is a summary of them: Once a month I meet with the students for some "date" time with me. I do this so that I can hear some of their views and requests for...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv March 3, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv March 3, 2016 Shalom Parents! March has arrived together with spring. All week long the sun was out and making us sweat (except for today). T-shirts and shorts came out of the closets and a whole new season is beginning. On...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Feb 28, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem Feb 28, 2016 This week on Aardvark Jerusalem: We have now been living in Jerusalem for over a month and it is starting to feel like home. On Sunday we decided to have a Martha Stewart themed apartment meeting. Hagai cooked...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv Feb 26, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv Feb 26, 2016 Shalom Parents! What a crazy week we’ve had! Complete with a serious rain storm, poppies - as promised, and some sunny days towards the end! So what happened in the hallways of Aardvark Tel Aviv? On Sunday night...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Feb 21, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem Feb 21, 2016 Dear Parents, I am pleased to inform you that this week summer arrived. We are experiencing global warming first hand. Here are some of the activities we had over the week. On Monday-We decided to redecorate our...

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Weekly Updates – Tel aviv Feb 21, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel aviv Feb 21, 2016 Shalom Parents! Last week I was talking to the students about maximizing their time in Israel and during the talk one of the students asked me, "Adi, are you maximizing your time? Do you have plans for the...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv Feb 12, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv Feb 12, 2016 Shalom Parents! I hope you are well. Another week has come to an end and it looks as if most of the students have found their path. They look, or at least think that they are busy all the time which hopefully means...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Feb 12, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Feb 12, 2016 Shalom Parents! The rainy week has ended and at last the sun has come out. It is a beautiful time to be outside so we are encouraging the students to go out and explore more of the city. On Sunday the culture...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv Feb 7, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv Feb 7, 2016 Shalom Parents! The rain of last week has been replaced with bright and sunny weather! As it began to warm up the bravest souls among us started to take off some layers. It is a beautiful time to be outside so we...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Feb 7, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem Feb 7, 2016 Dear Parents On Sunday we had a Tu Bishvat Seder. Tu BiShvat (ט״ו בשבט‎) is a Jewish holiday which falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month Shvat. It is also called "Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot" (Hebrew: ראש השנה...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv Jan 31, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv Jan 31, 2016 Shalom Parents! There is a lot to share with you so it may be best for you to quickly make a cup of coffee and take a seat on the couch. Don't worry, I'll wait.... Ready? Good! On Sunday the Madrichim met the...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Jan 24, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem Jan 24, 2016 Dear Parents, Who would have thought that it was only two weeks ago that we arrived in Jerusalem!? Time flies when you're having fun! Here are some of the highlights from this week: Sunday - the first day of...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv Jan 24, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv Jan 24, 2016 We have had an amazing week! The students began their first volunteer work and internships, they began managing their apartment budgets, participated in some of our activities and started the Ulpan Hebrew course....

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Jan 17, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem Jan 17, 2016 Shalom Parents! The students have just finished their first week with Aardvark Jerusalem! According to the students every day felt like a whole week due to our busy schedule and now they are looking forward to a...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv Jan 17, 2016

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv Jan 17, 2016 Shalom Parents! I'm very glad to tell inform you that the orientation week is over... We had so much going on with so many highlights worth mentioning that I don't know where to start! Our week began on Monday....

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv Dec 27, 2015

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv Dec 27, 2015 Shalom Parents! Our week began with a meeting with the culture committee about the final night of the semester. The students are excited about it and they are doing a lot of planning for the final evening. On...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Dec 27, 2015

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem Dec 27, 2015 Dear Parents, First of all, you have probably noticed that last week's letter was not sent... I was in China with a group of 30 Aardvark gap year students from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv! It was a wonderful trip but...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Dec 12, 2015

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem Dec 12, 2015 Dear Parents, Chanukah is a wonderful time to be in Israel and the students on their gap years have had the chance to take full advantage of the festival of lights.  It's been a great week and we are looking...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv Jan 12, 2015

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv Jan 12, 2015 Dear Parents, Firstly, I just want to let you know that everyone has arrived safe and sound. The students have had a busy and interesting first day of Spring Semester here at Aardvark Tel Aviv! After an excellent...

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Weekly Updates – Tel Aviv Jan 1, 2015

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Tel Aviv Jan 1, 2015 Shalom Parents! As you all know the semester is coming to an end. This part of the semester is always the toughest for many reasons. I believe that you can feel how it is for your children at this point. Each...

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Weekly Updates – Jerusalem Jan 1, 2015

Weekly Updates Weekly Updates - Jerusalem Jan 1, 2015 Dear Parents, We are now approaching the last week of the first Semester and we are all starting to mentally prepare ourselves for the upcoming change. On Sunday, we began the week by doing our first inventory with...

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