The Giving Circle – Year Course Kedma 2017

Giving Circle is the concept of a group of philanthropists coming together and creating a pool of money, which is later given as a grant to an individual or organization. First, we decided what our causes would be — Children, Poverty, Education, and Science. We then had applicants apply to our grant, and we set up meetings with those we …


Meet Your Year Course Social Media Ambassadors!

This year on Year Course we’re changing things up a bit, and giving you the opportunity to experience Year Course from a first person perspective. Between the different classes and trips, the community, and diversity of the participants, our Ambassadors are going to be the new lenses of Year Course. With half of them starting in Kedma and half of them …


Living Like a Local In Jerusalem

Traveling allows you to experience and become a part of a different culture, and interning in Israel a great opportunity to immerse yourself! Dana Lidsky and Dorit Bodnick have spent the last 5 weeks living and interning in Jerusalem through the Onward Camp Counselor Program, hosted by Young Judaea. They were more than just tourists- they lived in Israel as …


It Was A Culture Exchange

By: Hannah Ableman I spent my volunteering semester at The Jaffa School in Tel Aviv. Even though the school itself is a Jewish school they recognized that their community has a big Arab population because of its location. A main focus of the school is to teach both sides of things- they don’t just have Hebrew classes, they also have …


Making The Most Of Everyday Moments

By: Rebecca Tauber, Recent Year Course Alumna If you spot me wearing headphones on a bus ride to a tiyul or seminar, chances are I’m listening to a podcast. Israel Story is a show that seeks to tell the everyday stories of Israel. This idea is what kept coming to mind when reflecting on this year. I realized that the …


My Year in Israel

By  Year Course 14-15 participant, Sarah Silverstein  Do the things you believe in. Because what we believe in makes up who we are. We often underestimate the extent to which the choices we make today affect us tomorrow. We don’t immediately realize how the people we meet and friends we make inspire and teach us. Conversations I have had this …


My Year in Israel: Charlie Spiegel

There’s this theory in quantum physics that our universe is just a small fraction of the entire cosmic picture; That the dimension we live in is just one of an infinite number of narratives that trace their way through the sands of time, each slightly different than the rest.  There is no limit to what these differences could be. It …





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