I didn't learn much but its really nice to see that there are programs out there that are helping Olim integrate so quickly into Israeli society.
The phone interview went well. We talked about what I can get from it and we discussed different talking point that I can learn about. I personally was interested in the Jewish Philosophy.
I knew most of the information but not why things are they way they are today. It gave me more information to use in conversations about Israel.
I gained some knowledge about how the media works and gave me a new perspective on how I process the information I see and hear.
I also know that I can leverage some platforms to back up the stories that I believe in.
I gained another profound respect for the first settlers in Israel. How they took a Barren land and made it to the beautiful and green nation we know today.
It is amazing to see how the determination of a few can transform a whole generation in the world. I have gained a deeper realization and appreciation for individuals who worked to make Israel the Israel of today. Especially being on memorial day I find it very fitting to think about what the IDF has done for the countries survival.
I studied with my friend Seth Wasserman. We learned about the meaning of Yom Hashoah why we do it in the manner that we do, what are we trying to remember and what do we want to get out of it. At first glance we said we already knew the answers to these questions. But we tried to take a step back and get to the conclusions again.
The two takeaways I had is that 1)The gap of relevance from a holocaust survivor and or someone who knew a survivor personally the younger generations is getting bigger and it will be a problem in 100 years or so. Therefore, we need to change the way we choose to remember and use technology to commemorate those lives.
2) Our remembering should give us tools in our conversations about Israel. When having negative talks about Israel and its geopolitical stance we need to remember where we come from to fully understand where we have gotten.
It was interesting to read about how Waze was started because I use it everyday.
I decided to research Max Brenner. It started in Ra'anana in 1996. Now it has locations World wide and has over 1,100 employees.
I find it inspiring that someone took their love of chocolate and found a way to share it with the world.
I interviewed a high school friend originally from West Orange New Jersey now living in Tel Aviv.
He originally moved to Israel as a lone soldier but he decided to stay and make Aliyah because he fell in love with Israel and can't see himself living anywhere else.
I can see him finishing his degree and getting a job in the next 5 years, and I believe they will be surprised how to live and work in Israel and about living their and the difference from the US.
"Just make the leap". You would always be in a limbo on unsure until you make the leap.
I had my Bar Mitzvah when I was 13.
For Rosh Hashana I joined a local service near my university. It was located at Bais Abraham by Washington University.
The service was really appealing to me there was a good mix of college students and individuals from the community and it was very welcoming.
I would definitely go back for another service.
It is really interesting to know that more advanced cities are accommodating more and more English speaking immigrants
I am an Israeli living in America but to get a new perspective I decided to interview an international student from a near by university named Gal. I met him through Chabad.
It was tough for Gal to assimilate because he came to the university as a college athlete and due to the very busy schedule these athletes have; He said it would have been easier if they would have respected more Jewish Holidays, and would have had more Israelis.
The biggest take away was that the little things can make a difference in making someone feel accepted.
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