Enjoying High School in Israel

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 4:14pm

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

Sophie Waldman is a High School Junior who received a Simon Family Passport to Israel Grant to spend the semester in Israel attending the Union for Reform Judaism’s Heller High School. She wanted to go to Israel to experience Jewish culture there, and she feels more connected to Judaism through the secular activities in Israel. One thing that has surprised Sophie about Israel is the food. “There are no salad dressings, and it’s super easy to find vegan ice cream. Ice cream is everywhere but it’s harder to find falafel then I thought. I’ve been here for 3 weeks and I’ve only had it once. Hummus here is so much better too and so is tahina.”

Sophie is enjoying her time in Israel so far, and encourages all teens to go to Israel “as soon as you can and for as long as you can. Israel is amazing because the food is good, but the culture and history is remarkable. It’s interesting to learn about king David when you are seeing the city of David.”

Tidewater Jewish Foundation offers needs-blind grants through the Simon Family Passport to Israel program to help teens go to Israel. As a recipient of the grant, Sophie said that she was very fortunate and it made the financial aspects much easier. For more information and to apply, visit http://jewishva.org/tjf-passport-to-israel or contact Barb Gelb at bgelb@ujft.org. Applications are due by April 1, 2018.

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