I was given the Hebrew name Chaya, which means life and/or wild animal. I like both translations.
One of my close friends is an Israeli currently living in the U.S. for college. Living in the U.S. has helped them excel financially, as the field they are in is not as easy to be successful in in Israel. I learned that while Israel is a great country it's not always easy to be as successful as it is in the U.S.
I attended the Celebrate Israel parade in New York this past June and every year before that. I chose to attend as it's an event where Jews from all around the tri-state area come together in support for Israel.
Washing my hands prior to eating bread elevates the experience from a mundane task to something greater.
Living in New York has given me the opportunity to visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage multiple times. Every time I visit I learn a different part of history during World War II I hadn't known before. I became aware of relatives that had perished during the Holocaust as well.
I was 12 when I had my bat mitzvah ceremony. I spoke about the parsha for that week. I enjoyed my bat mitzvah as it was a time to spend with friends and family.
A few years ago I ran into my great aunt by complete chance and we had a great conversation about my Jewish ancestry: mostly from Russia, but parts of my family are from Austria/Hungary as well.
I attended a Shabbat meal in West Orange, NJ with family friends. They invited me for a long time and I finally took them up on their offer, best decision I made - it was lots of fun and I learned a lot.
The service I attended was at Chabad in Teaneck, NJ. I would definitely go back during the holidays for the energy and atmosphere.
I visited Carlos & Gabby's in Lawrence, NY and got fries. It was good.
One of the most meaningful moments for me was visiting Har Herzl and hearing the testimonials and stories from the soldiers that were on the trip with us. Having siblings who will one day also serve in the IDF made it all the more memorable. I think it's important for Jews to go on Birthright to see the place which Jewish people can consider home.
One of the most incredible Israeli companies that I have researched is Pepticom. While it might not be widely known, their mission of providing more accurate and efficient ways of discovering new drugs for various illnesses and diseases through the use of artificial intelligence not only interested me because of the science behind it, but because of the amount of progress that they have made since its inception in 2011. This kind of technology paves the way for a revolution in drug discovery worldwide and has the potential to help millions of people, at a reduced cost.
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AboutThe 100 Point Challenge is an opportunity for returning Taglit-Birthright participants to TRY a variety of Jewish activities, find those activities that they LOVE and want to continue to LIVE. Bring Israel Home participants can choose to complete any Jewish activity that speaks to them to earn 100 points. 50% or more of the American participants in a participating Taglit-Birthright bus must earn 100 points on the Bring Israel Home website within three months after returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience to earn a Bring Israel Home reunion. The Bring Israel Home 100 Point Challenge is divided into two milestones. Participants must earn 50 points within the first month of returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience to qualify for the following milestone. After achieving the first milestone, participants have two months to earn their final 50 points of Jewish activity. The milestones are clearly outlines below:MilestonesMilestone 1: 50% of a Taglit-Birthright bus must complete 50 points of Jewish activity in the first month after returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience. Milestone 2: 50% of a Taglit-Birthright bus must complete 100 points of Jewish activity in the two months after achieving Milestone 1. Travel Stipends*:
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Masa Israel Journey is the leader in immersive international experiences in Israel for young adults (18-30). Masa's diverse portfolio of study abroad, internship, service learning, or Jewish studies programs help you grow—as a person, a professional, and a leader— while also developing a robust global professional network. Since its founding in 2004, over 120,000 young people from more than 60 countries have participated in Masa Israel programs.Earn 10 bonus points by completing this badge. Note: Masa Israel Journey is intended for North American participants only. Unfortunately, Israeli participants are not eligible for Masa.
At The Maimonides Fellowship, you will have the opportunity to meet with like-minded peers with a choice of over 100 locations nationwide. The program meets 1x a week for 10 weeks and includes an exciting Shabbaton Weekend Retreat. The weekly meetings include FREE food, along with dynamic discussion on HOT topics relating to Israel and Judaism. Upon completion, Fellowship participants typically receive $300-$500 CASH or a FREE/Highly subsidized trip!
Take part in interactive classes from the comfort of your own home with the JU Max online learning program. Classes are all live, online, and interactive with top notch presenters. Participants who complete the entire class will be eligible for a FREE TRIP BACK TO ISRAEL and can also receive college credit*. NOTE: JU Max is only available to students and young professionals who do not live near a local Maimonides Class option. To see the list of local options, CLICK HERE.
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