A Bit of History

Last Thursday I received a double dose of History, bridging the gap from the Second Temple to the modern state of Israel. We started in the town of Zikhron Ya’akov which lies at the southern end...

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Solidarity

Israeli Flag

Today, all six of my French classmates and a few of the Americans went to a memorial service for those who were killed in the terror attacks last week. Thankfully, no one in my program...

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The Carmel Mountains

View from the monastery

On a recent weekend excursion I hiked up the Carmel Mountains to a Druze village named Usafiya. The Druze are a 1000 year old offshoot of Shi’ite Islam and, though considered heretics by...

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My Family in Israel

I waited far too long to visit my cousin Frieda and her husband Mandy, who live a short hour and a half bus ride away. Frieda and Mandy made Aliyah years ago leaving behind friends, family, and work, including Mandy’s...

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Rockets

Gaza

The danger of rockets hitting Tel Aviv makes my parents a bit uneasy. Fortunately, the current situation from Gaza is calm and there hasn’t been a single rocket in over 40 days. However, on Friday I...

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Jerusalem!

We started with the complete 4000 year history of Israel, covered in one hour. Our lecturer was Ben Reis from Kol Voice Seminars, a group that provides Israeli History lectures to young Jews. Most of the...

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Silicon Wadi

We finished our first week as Israel Tech Challenge Fellows and I have a better picture of what the next five months look like. On Sunday and Monday we toured around with Startup Nation Central, a business development organization which...

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Jews, Startups, Cooking

On Sunday, we launched into the history and culture of the Startup Nation. The day began with a tour of the old city of Tel Aviv. Our guide, Asher, covered the history of Tel Aviv through the lens of modern...

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Masada and the Dead Sea

Yesterday we began The Israel Tech Fellowship – a 10 month intensive program focusing on Big Data and Cyber Security. Most of us had already been in Israel a few days, but we filled our time by shopping for the...

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Back to the Dorms

I arrived in Tel Aviv almost fully intact. My large green backpack didn’t make the flight and spent the night in Instanbul; it should be delivered by Turkish Air today. This is not the first time my bag missed a...

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Moving to Tel Aviv

It’s official: the Israel Tech Challenge accepted me as a fellow in a 10 month intensive programming fellowship to be held in Tel Aviv. The program is partially funded by the Israeli government – which wants to recruit Diaspora Jews...

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