Because of Shalem, my year in Israel was so far the greatest I have ever had! I learned the responsibilities of being independent by living in an apartment with other girls, shopping, cleaning, cooking, and doing laundry on my own. I took courses taught by some of the best teachers I have ever had, and learned about the importance of chesed in my volunteering with the mentally handicapped. Shalem gave me the tools and wisdom to maintain a spiritual and observant lifestyle while being an asset to society. I will never forget my Shalem family!