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June 04, 2011
Annie Shore, originally from Toronto, Canada, is on her second semester of the Yahel Social Change Program in Gedera. Below are some of her impressions from a Shabbat spent with the Gar’in from Gedera.
A couple of weeks ago, we went on a Shabbat trip to Kibbutz Machanayim in the North together with the Gar’in (intentional community) from Gedera. The garin has a Shabbat weekend trip once a year, where families and children, young adults and friends of the garin, come together to spend a weekend away. All together, there were about 40 people who came on this Shabbaton.
We left for the trip on Friday morning, traveling together on a bus. On the way to the Kibbutz, we stopped at Nachal Shofet for a short hike. At this time of the year, the North is beautiful, vibrant green and the perfect temperature. It was...
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June 03, 2011
Here’s what Alex Schonkoff, a Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa 5 month Social Action participant from San Francisco, had to say about her experience with Tel Aviv’s amazing nightlife:
I arrived in Tel Aviv two months ago from San Francisco, a city that thrives on a very colorful nightlife. But as the bar closes in S.F. at 2 a.m., that’s when the party is just getting started on your average Tel Aviv night.
One of the first events that I attended that’s worth mentioning was a concert at the Barbi Club, located on Qibbutz Galyot. ACollective, a local Tel Aviv band, was performing that night, and as I am the photographer for, I was able to get a press pass to go check them out. It was raining, but it didn’t stop a large amount of people, young and old, to go support the band at this cool venue...
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June 02, 2011
By Joe Hakimian, Career Israel
Since the early years of high school, when most young adults are scrambling to comprehend all the choices around them, to select their university and to outline a path in life, I have had it easy. My mind has always been set on working in the fascinating world of diamonds.
In 2007 I started working at my father’s Jewelry Store in Chicago’s Jewelers Row during the summers, while studying at the University of Wisconsin Business School during the year. This past summer after I graduated from University and after I finished my fourth summer of working at my father’s store, I decided I wanted something new.
I contemplated what my next move should be. An important part of my life had always been my Jewish identity and my proud support and love for my homeland, Israel...
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