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April 2011 Archives

WUJS Student Profile- Alex Rosen

Name: Alex Rosen, 21
Hometown: Skompton, IL
WUJS Track: Jerusalem Learning at the Pardes Institute
College: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Major: Psychology and Chemistry

Why did you decide to take 6 months and come to Israel?
I grew up with Israel and Judaism very close to me, going to a Jewish day school and high school. To me Judaism always meant family, community gathering, and connection; However, it wasn't until college that Judaism became a way for me to think. Judaism is not what I experience only on Shabbat or holidays, it's something I feel everyday. I find it important for me to live in Israel for 7 months and experience the epicenter of our religion.

What are you doing while on WUJS?

I am excited to begin learning at The Pardes Institute on their summer program. Until then, the learning track participants have been enjoying seminars and classes centered around text, torah study and Jerusalem.

What are you looking forward to the most?
I am looking forward to being not only in Israel, but feeling a connection to Jerusalem through text and study that this track will provide me. While at the same time, learning Hebrew and experiencing and seeing Israel first hand.

What are you nervous about?
Being in Israel is a little nerve racking to me. The difference in culture and everyday life is something to get used to.

Where else have you traveled in the world?
Canada, Italy, India

What Israeli food are you hoping to eat a lot of during your time in Israel?
I'm excited to have shabbat dinner with my fellow WUJS participants in our apartment building!

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WUJS Student Profile- Sophie Katz

Name: Sophie Katz, 25
Hometown: Antwerp, Belgium
WUJS Track: Intern Tel Aviv
College: Cass Business School London & University of Manchester
Major: Politics & Modern History

Why did you decide to take 6 months and come to Israel?

I'm debating whether or not I would like to make Alyiah and WUJS is a perfect opportunity for me check out if it's the right decision for me.

What are you doing while on WUJS?

Interning at Israel Tennis Center

What are you looking forward to the most?
I am looking forward to interning and seeing what day to day work life will be like in Tel Aviv.

What are you nervous about?
I'm nervous that I may not like Tel Aviv and Israeli living. There are so many differences culturally.

Where else have you traveled in the world?
All around Europe, Australia, China, Thailand, Mexico, United States, Morocco...

What Israeli food are you hoping to eat a lot of during your time in Israel?
Za'atar is delicious, it goes with everything!



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WUJS Student Profile- Amy Levy

Name: Amy Levy, 24
Hometown: London
WUJS Track: Tel Aviv Internship

Why did you decide to take 6 months and come to Israel?

I love Israel and have always felt a real connection with it. I'm considering making Aliyah, so this seemed a perfect opportunity to test it out!

What are you doing while on WUJS?
I am working for SACH (Save a Child's Heart) and Telalivit (an online guide to life in Tel Aviv).


What are you looking forward to the most?
Learning Hebrew, connecting with Israel, experiencing Israeli culture, meeting new people etc etc.

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WUJS Student Profile- Dina Silberstein

Name: Dina Silberstein, 27
Hometown: Little Neck, NY
WUJS Track: Internship- Tel Aviv


Why did you decide to take 6 months and come to Israel?
I just finished my MBA in Real Estate and I was looking to gain experience in the real estate development field however because of the economy not much was happening in New York so I thought what better place to try than Tel Aviv.

What are you doing while on WUJS?

I am working at a Real Estate Development company. I am working on projects at various stages of completion.

What are you looking forward to the most?

To travel around Israel and get to know Israel as a resident. To fluently speak hebrew and to meet many new people in the process.


What are you nervous about?
Not having enough time to do and see everything I would like to while I am in Israel.


Where else have you traveled in the world?
London, Paris, all over the USA. I am hoping to travel to Greece, Italy, Sweden, Copenhagen, and Norway after my internship program is over.


What Israeli food are you hoping to eat a lot of during your time in Israel?
Fruits, vegetables, cheeses, falafel, hummus and desserts.

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Want to follow Dina's time on WUJS? Check out her blog! http://nycgirlsguidetoisrael.blogspot.com/

 

Abbie1.jpgAbbie Silber is a singer and songwriter from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Following her graduation from the University of Indiana, Abbie was a participant on the WUJS Arts Track and today is an up and coming artist with her own album.

Abbie was recently interviewed by her university alumni association.  Check it out at http://alumni.indiana.edu/singinghoosiers/docs/sh-spring11.pdf

You can also check out Abbie's own site at http://abbiesilber.com/default.aspx