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WUJS Student Profile- Shoshana Gottesman

Name: Shoshana Gottesman, 23
Hometown: Houston, Texas
WUJS Track: Jerusalem Internship & Arts
College: University of Miami Frost School of Music
Major: Music, International Studies & Public Relations

Why did you decide to take 6 months and come to Israel?
Since my sophomore year in university, I knew that I wanted to spend time in Israel after graduation. The only question was, which program was the right one for me. Luckily, I found WUJS and so far, so good!

What are you doing while on WUJS?

I am interning for Heartbeat Jerusalem, an international community of musicians, teachers, and students that are transforming conflict and creating mutual understanding through the power of music. In other words, Heartbeat brings together Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli youth to make music together and engage in peacemaking activities. As well, I plan on giving a recital at the end of the program on the viola.

What are you looking forward to the most?
It is hard to say what I'm necessarily looking forward to the most as I'm already living the dream. It will be exciting to see how my internship with Heartbeat Jerusalem progresses over the next few months.

Where else have you traveled in the world?
I am very lucky to have been brought in a family that loves traveling. In fact, many say that I have caught the "travel bug". I have visited countries in South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. My most recent adventures were to Tunisia this past summer to run a music festival for Tunisian youth and to Damascus, Syria on a George Mason University course about Reflection & Practice in the fields of conflict resolution and citizen diplomacy.


What Israeli food are you hoping to eat a lot of during your time in Israel?
The hardest question of them all! There is a specific restaurant in the Old City that has the best hummus ever, so hopefully I'll become a frequent visitor.

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WUJS Student Profile- Vardit Lightsone

Name: Vardit Lightsone, 23
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
WUJS Track: Jerusalem Arts


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

I wanted to take a small break from school and see what it's like to live a daily routine in Jerusalem.

What are you doing while on WUJS?

I'm currently exploring my creative writing. I'm looking forward to seeing how the historic land and rich culture impacts my writing. While I'm not writing I'm enjoying the Art's Track classes and field trips around the country. I'm experiencing first hand how other artists like me have been inspired by the land and culture of the Jewish People!


What are you looking forward to the most?
I find it interesting how so many different Jewish cultures have formed in one small country. I love spending my time wandering the numerous neighborhoods of Jerusalem and seeing just this. Jews that have gathered from all over the world all practicing the same customs and traditions. I look forward to traveling around the country in the coming months and getting to know even more different cultures that span across this small country.

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WUJS Student Profile- Jacob Singer

Name: Jacob Singer, 23
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
WUJS Track: Jerusalem Arts
College: Stevenson University
Major: Interdisciplinary


Why did you decide to take 6 months and come to Israel?
In order to find more about the Jewish culture, traditions, anthropology and to feel as part of a humongous Jewish population. In addition, in order to grow as an individual.

What are you doing while on WUJS?

I am planning on writing a play, and directing, producing, publicizing and starring in it.

What are you looking forward to the most?
Meeting Jewish people from all around the world and making new friendships.

What are you nervous about?
Adapting to a new way of life.

Where else have you traveled in the world?

I have traveled to Canada and the Bahamas.

What Israeli food are you hoping to eat a lot of during your time in Israel?
I hope to eat lot of Falafel.

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