Turn Up the Music

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“Excuse me!” I screamed from the back seat of the Dan bus heading to Hof Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Beach, in Tel Aviv.  “Can you please turn up the music!?” 
“Mah?” the bus driver asked.

Onion Peels

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By Ittai Eres, Young Judaea Year Course
I hate onions. I really do. 
They sit on my tongue like coarse gravel, and biting down on them irks my teeth.

Loads of Laundry at Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael

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By Isabel Atkinson, Kibbutz Ulpan
It wasn't what I’d bargained for. 
When I decided to spend five months in Israel living, working and studying on a kibbutz, I imagined myself amongst a shining, earthy community.
I pictured early mornings, rising with the rooster to greet the soil. In my daydreams, my body was toughened and brown from hours of labor in the sun.

24 Hours in Tel Aviv

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by Sharona Rosen, Young Judaea Year Course
It is the 3rd of April around 10 P.M.

Enduring Love: What I Learned During my Year in Israel

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By Shlomo Klapper, Yeshivat Har Etzion


Ah!  What a romance! The times we had.  Nothing could go wrong.  Visiting her was Seventh Heaven. All the wonderful places and memories – the Israel Museum, the Kotel, Machaneh Yehudah – imbued with excitement, culture, history and mystery.



First Week of School

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By Lauren Rosenblum, Israel Teeaching Fellows
I finally started teaching last week, and it's been a great learning experience so far. I am working with Noa and Keren (our Israeli peer who joins us once a week) at the Ramat Alon School, an elementary school in the neighborhood of Sharona in Rehovot.

Hikes, concerts and classes!

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After months of putting it off, I finally made it down to Ein Gedi last Friday. I went with some friends from college park, and we left at 4:30 am to drive down to the hike.

A Semester of Surprises

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When I told people I was going to study abroad in Jerusalem, they inevitably made a face. 
“Why don’t you go to Europe? You spent all that time learning French,” some said. Or, “Oh I’ve heard of Semester at Sea.

Basketball in Karmi'el