Winter Semester: My final research projects


My first semester of Grad School is coming to an end… 2.5 weeks to go! This means buckling down and writing my final research papers for the semester. I am currently taking four courses all of which end with a research paper that accounts for more than half my grade. Crazy, right? Good thing about this program though is I got to choose each topic for my courses. Overall in the program, I will have to write six referat (short,10-15 pages) papers and three seminar papers (25-30 pages). These all are full research papers consisting of primary and secondary sources. Therefore this semester I choose to write three referat papers and one seminar paper. Best and worse part, deadline are not always deadlines… We are supposed to write these papers in our month long break of February.

Below you will see a very short intro to my papers. All of which are very exciting endeavors for me and I’m learning so so so much by doing this research. Its a bit overwhelming, but I’m sure they will turn out great. I hope that some might even be publishable. :) P.S. I would love your feedback, if you want to contribute.

Research Papers:

Course: 1948 War – Field Course
Topic: Defining Israel’s Borders
Question: TBD
*This course just started and will consist of three full days in the field. I’ll have lots of picture for you all!

Course: The Holocaust and the Israeli Society
Topic: Motivation, Patriotism, and Morality in the Israeli Defense Force
Question: How does the IDF Education Corps use the Holocaust as a tool to promote motivation, patriotism, and morality in it’s soldiers?

Course: Zionism, Ideology, and Gender
Topic: Chabad Ideology and Zionism
Question: Can the Hadisdic Jewish Movement, Chabad, be considered Zionist even though the movement did not support Zionism (Political and Religious) before the creation of the modern State of Israel?
– I will show how Chabad over time has come to accept and embrace Israel today and in today’s terms can be considered Zionist.

Course: The Social History of the Palestinians, 1900-1948
Topic: A comparison of the formation of a “New Palestinian Women” and a “New Hebrew Women”
Questions: How was a “New Palestinian Women” and a “New Hebrew Women” formed during the first half of the 20th Century in Eretz Yisrael/Palestine? What are the similarities and differences between the two?
-I will be analysing these formations in the context of Motherhood, Rights/Suffrage, and representation in Public sphere.

Side Note: I’m now doing some freelance work on the Israel Studies Website. I will be improving and updating it in the coming weeks, so check it out.

Chanukah and Miluim


Happy Holidays Readers!

Usually during the Holidays you get time off, hangout with friends and family, eat great food and get presents. This year I just got to hang with a few friends and got two presents. Thanks Grandma Mil and Aunt Nip! This is mostly because I got called to do my first reserve duty (Miluim מילואים) in the IDF. They are supposed to give you a very advanced notice if it is for routine/training purposes, but I only got a week notice. No clue why, but I had a few days off from school because of Chanukah and Christmas. Therefore I didn’t try to get out of it and plus I have been waiting to go play soldier for awhile. One of the reasons I came back to Israel. I was very excited to go back to my old base for a few days and help out. Best part would be that I could see old friends and catch up with them…. Turns out though that I’m old and there wasn’t a big call up of my friends for this week.

The weekend before I went to Tzfat for a Chanukah Retreat at my favorite place in Israel, Ascent. I have recently become one of their ambassadors for Haifa. Its a kabbalistic hostel on the edge of the old city of Tzfat, with the most beautiful view. *This is where I spent very Yom Kippur in Israel* The weekend was full of social events, praying, food, and spiritual classes. I highly recommend anyone to spend some time there when in Israel. I always leave spiritually and physically refreshed. Part of that could be the very cold dips in the 800 year old Ari Mikvah. We even got to go to a kosher winery and goat cheese farm, Adir.

Back to the Army… Getting to my base from Haifa isn’t the easiest thing and takes almost three hours on public transportation. Three buses and the train. I don’t have a car so this was what I had to do early Sunday morning…oh and I forgot that Sunday morning is the worst time to take the train…. sardines. Due to this trip being so long and exhausting I decided to stay on base for the five days. This isn’t something that most miluimnikim (reservists) do. They can go home if they are not doing an operation. When I arrived to base I find out that I’m only one of ten miluimnikim that have been called up for this week. Our mission: Restore order to emergency vehicles, storage (ימ״ח), and hangers. Dang, I didn’t get the position I wanted in the reserves, driver. Though this is a very important duty and someone needs to do it. I rolled up my sleeves and got to work, while plotting my change in assignment. I slept two nights on base, but I was so bored and felt awkward in other’s rooms. I decided to call up bestie Camille and Ellinor in Tel Aviv and hangout with them for the next few nights. Best idea I had all week. The work wasn’t so bad and we got a lot of breaks. We had a 20 year old soldier telling us what to do and she wasn’t always paying attention to us. She was very respectful to us, but I kinda wanted to do more. In my free time I did get a chance to seek out old friends that still were in the unit. Kaslasi, Gadi, Or, Neta, and Vaisvol were all around, but very busy. Vaisvol, my old commander was very helpful finding me a bed and getting my reserve position changed. There were a few others still on the base, but they were very “young (tzyiar)” when I left, so we weren’t so close. I ended up only knowing two other miluimnikim from the repair squad. The whole week went few quickly and it was in no time I was back in civilian clothes paying for transportation. Now I just got to take my completion papers to bituach lumni to get paid!

Chanukah used to be my favorite time in the army and I have many great memories celebrating with my friends in the field. Have you ever made Latkes in a dark forest? Well, these last days of chanukah in the army were very dull, at least I got to Tel Aviv on the last night to have a nice Sufganiot.

Check out some pics. Sorry, not a lot from reserves…you all know why.

Zionism, Shoah, Palestine and Winter

Last post I promised that I would talk a little about what I’m studying, so here we go.

I’m taking three very interesting classes currently.
1. Zionism, Ideology, and Gender with Dr. Esther Carmel-Hakim
2. The Holocaust and Israeli Society with Dr. Ronit Fisher
3. The social history of the Palestinian Society (1900-1948) with Dr. Na’ama Ben Ze’ev

The first few weeks were pretty boring to be honest. I did study these subjects broadly for my BA at CU, so the first few classes were a lot of review. My classmates come from all different backgrounds, ages, countries, religions, and focuses of study. Its very interesting to hear why everyone choose to do a MA in Israel Studies. Its even a few people’s first time in Israel. I’m really liking the professors as well. They really are passionate about what they are teaching and not doing it just as a job. They really want to challenge us and guide us to learn and research what interests us. Its nice having a lot of advocates for a subject that I’m passionate about. No more learning things I don’t care about…Grad school is cool like that.

One of the best parts of this program is that we take a field trip ever few weeks for each of the classes. Last week we had our first one where we spend the day at יד ושם Yad VaShem (National Holocaust Museum/Memorial). We started by getting on a bus at 7am from Haifa to join all the morning traffic. On the way we didn’t get to sleep much as we had to present one-by-one our research paper topics to the professor. I hadn’t done any research yet and had a very loose idea of looking at the Shoah (Holocaust) education in the IDF. I spent a lot of the drive trying to pin a research question down for my meeting. Finally I was ready as we were going up the Judean Hills to Jerusalem. After talking with my professor and discussing the subject with her, I came up with a more specific research question; What is the purpose of IDF Shoah education, how has it changed in the last ten years, and is it making the desired impact on soldiers? (or something like that, I’m sure it will change as soon as I start reading the many sources I already have). I might even focus on the Witnesses in Uniform program for commanders. Interesting yeah?

I also start doing class presentations soon. My first one is on the next field trip in my Zionism class (Zichron Ya’akov). I will be making an oral presentation in the field about the N.I.L.I Spy Organization. Very exciting stuff, as I will be doing it at the Aaronsohn House/Museum. The rest of my Zionism class is going very well. Doing a lot of reviews of proto-zionists now and about to move to all the names you already have heard of…Herzl, Jabotinsky, etc. A lot I have learned before, but now going in depth and best part, learning about the women zionists. Best part of our last class was watching Haim Herzog’s UN speech in 1975 at the Zionism=Racism proceedings. Watch it as it is very relevant today!

My class on the Palestinians is one of the best I’ve taken. The whole class is deviating from the “normal” discourse of history. We are looking at the social history (which means we aren’t talking about politics or national narratives), which most of our classes have focused on until this point.  The first subject we are discussing is land ownership, disposition, and immigration. All I can say is it is very complicated issue and blame everything on the british imperialists. One of the best parts of the class is that we have people outside our Israel studies program. The class is very diverse and everyone has an interesting perspective to offer, just waiting for some more lively discussions.

Well thats it for now. Its getting pretty cold in the study room. Time for a week of rain, travel, and THANKSGIVING! Check out this picture I saw on facebook, not sure of the credits, but I didn’t take it.

Haifa Lighting

Grad School in Israel

Its official! I’m in Grad school at the University of Haifa and I have started classes. This is all very exciting, minus all the BS that I have had to go through in the past two weeks. As this blog is not only about my life for friends and family, I will go into a bit of the details on how to be an Oleh Hadash Student.

I have been in Haifa now for almost two weeks and I’m just getting settled. I discovered a major problem before I left for Israel and that was that I did not have a room in the dorms reserved like promised. So when I arrived in Israel, I did not have a place to live. BH that I have amazing friends, which hosted me for a few days while I got everything in order with the University. It took a lot of emails and phone calls, in which I got in contact with a staff member at the University that helps Olim Hadashim (new immigrants) He pulled some strings and got me moved to the top of the waiting list for the dorm rooms. It didn’t take very long until I had conformation that I have a room in a three bedroom apartment for master’s students. I have my own bathroom and room! My friend from the army, Roni became a major asset for me moving in and getting setup, he has a car. We went fooDorm Roomd shopping and a nice trip to Ikea.

Check out my room –>

I am still working on getting internet in my room, but other than that, all is good. I have two flatmates, only one I have met…

Government Bureaucracy: Minhal Hastudentim
One of the main reasons I choose to come back to Israel and study is the face the Olim Hadashim get a free degree from a public institution. Click here for who is eligible. And check out this awesome promo video.

Anyways, I had to complete my application for the government grants and have an interview at their office. For anyone that has had to go to a government in Israel you know it is hell. No signs, long lines, many languages, rude people, and endless bureaucracy. I have a bit of experience in the Haifa offices so I thought I knew my way around… Well I spent 30 mins trying to find the Minhal Hastudentim (Student Authority). No one knew what I was talking about and where their office is located in this very large building. Finally I went to the Immigrant Absorption Center to ask them. Well I got to the right place. There was someone there that could help me do everything I need even though it wasn’t the student authority offices. I got there at the perfect time and didn’t have to wait in a line. I had a very nice young lady get all my documents online, link my bank account, and finished my application. I then had to wait in line for one of her supervisors to give me the final approval. I asked how exactly I receive the money and found out that I’m a bit screwed. They don’t give you the money upfront…only reimburse you after each payment to the University. I can now only guess how long it will take for me to get all my money back. Another issue is that my program is one year and 26,000 shekels. They only pay 13,000 shekels a year, so I can get the whole 26,000. I just have to wait to get the second half after I graduate. AHAHAHA, now I need a job not only to live, but to make up front payments to the University. BH that I have some money from the Army (Picadon) that can only be used for my education, so that will help for a bit.

University Bureaucracy: You’re not in the US anymore toto…
I have had a very large headache for the past few weeks due to the University being very organized with a very old computer network. Most of the issues arose because I was in the system twice. First as an international student and second as an Israeli student taking international classes. This has caused so much problems that still haven’t all been worked out. The internal system of the university is very bad at talking between departments and offices. Everytime I fix a problem I have to wait two days before I can move on to solving the next. I still am not able to use the course websites with all the assignments and readings. I’m hoping that my two student profiles will be consolidated in the next few days. Its crazy to me that the Registrar, Financial aid, bursar, and my academic department are so disconnected. Lines at all these offices are very long as well, with no order. Have you ever stood in a line in Israel? BH that I speak Hebrew and have some Hutzpa. I know have a student ID, apartment, wifi access, up-to-date on payment, and registered for classes. Crazy that it took me two weeks to get it all done. I still need a student bus pass and access to the library/course websites (D2L/Moodle).  I also now need to figure out how to get internet in my apartment. I’m in two of nine buildings with no Wifi, just hard lines. But of course I have a MacBook Air, so I can’t directly connect to the ethernet w/o an adaptor. Crazy Israel…

Well thats about it for this update. I’m really enjoying classes and Uni life. Just need to get to see more Israeli friends and I’ll be all set. This week I’m going to a Leadership conference for IsraeLinks alumni. It should be a great time!

Next time: What I’m learning… for now check out the view from my room.

North ViewSunset

Aliyah 2.0

Tzvi in Rocky Mtn National Park

Wow! It has been awhile since I wrote a post. A lot has been going on in the past few months, but now I thought I would update the world on what I’m doing.

I finished my year in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps in July! I can’t believe I made it to the end. It was a bit of a challenge, but I’m glad I made it through. I won’t go on about it here…there was a lot of ups and downs, but now I kinda miss my 9 crazy housemates, supervisor, and co-workers. I did have it good, DC just wasn’t the place for me. I don’t like talking about American politics or going to museums, so I moved back to Colorado.

Past three months

Yes, I moved back to Colorado in August. I came back to Boulder to work temporarily with Chabad @ CU and Rabbi Wilhelm.  I really needed to make some money and reset my life. The first day back in Boulder, I just drove all day through the mountains. It was an amazing detox from city life, something I really needed. My job at Chabad has been perfect as well. I’m currently running programs and engaging students daily. This is something that I’m very good at and enjoy. I truly feel alive again! Plus I love being back with Rabbi Wilhelm and his wonderful family for Shabbatot and Holidays. We have had major success this semester getting new and old students to events, services, and classes. Jewish Festival Night had over 400+ students, Rosh Hashana 250+ students, and Yom Kippur 150+ students. I love it! I’ve also been doing a lot of graphic design and website development, which I also love. Over the next two weeks, I have 20 programs/meals for Sukkot. Ending my short time here with a big bang. This is all gearing up for Chabad @ CU to open the new Schaeffer Chabad House at 909 14th Street. I’m sad I won’t be here for the opening and finalizations. It is going to be very big and beautiful, check out the pictures here.

Aliyah 2.0 and Grad School

Here I go again…moving back to the Holy Land. Two weeks from today, Oct 19th I will be flying back to Israel. I have been trying to figure out my return ever since I left in 2012. Finally I figured out the next step in my journey, Grad School. In three weeks, I start classes at the University of Haifa to get a MA in Israel Studies. This is a three semester program with amazing classes. My first semester I will be taking; Religion, Science and Politics in the Cartography of Israel from the Middle Ages to Our Time, The Holocaust and the Israeli Society, The Zionist Ideology and Gender, and A Social History of Palestinian Society. All very exciting, no?

I’m excited to be back in Israel. I’m having a lot of normal troubles though with the details. I don’t know if I have a dorm room, no one will get back to me. I don’t have money in my Israeli account to pay the deposit…hope they will wait until I get there to pay with dollars. I’m glad Israel is a little bit less formal than the US, so I think I will be good. I should have a full amount of grants and scholarships to cover all the costs, but no conformations yet. Gotta love Israel. The best part of going back though is to see and have lots of time with my Israeli friends. Plus I get to do some reserve duty finally. Hopefully I’ll even get a position/job in my new unit.

Well, its been real everyone. I hope you enjoyed the update. For now enjoy some pictures from the last few months, especially my great beard.

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What I’ve been up to

I’ve now been in Washington DC for three months, so what have I been doing?

Lots! I’m working three jobs, living with ten people, and in a program with 23 people. Its a bit much, but you know me…always busy. I’m kinda getting tired of people asking me how I like DC, but I’ll tell you. DC is a very nice city, lots to do and so much to see. I haven’t done any touristy things yet, but I’m sure when one of you comes and visit we will do that. I don’t want to get burned out and not tour around with friends. I’m meeting a ton of new people and having a great time. My jobs are all perfect for me.

My AVODAH job is most of what I have been doing. Its really rewarding work and I’m learning so much. The part I enjoy the most is that I help so many people each week. The largest part of my job is matching volunteer groups with places/people that need help. Just a few of my projects have been; Installing quality windows in a homeless shelter for women, fixing a furnace for a senior that hasn’t had central heating in his house for two years, painting a medical clinic for low-income families, and making food for the homeless. I have two very big days of service coming up. They are starting to take up most of my time. Next Monday and Tuesday night we are hosting EBTT (Everything but the Turkey) at the DCJCC. We will have 500+ volunteers making thousands of meals for homeless shelters for Thanksgiving. On December 25th is a service project we call D25, where we will coordinate 1,000 volunteers to help 50+ social service organizations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Its a lot of work, but I’m very excited to be a part of this work.

I’m also working a lot in the theatre. I have been house managing and running the box office a few times a week. Its a side of the theatre that I hadn’t had much experience, so I’m becoming more rounded in the in and out of theatre. Plus I get to see really cutting edge theatre. If you ever are in DC, come to TheaterJ at the DCJCC. My other job in the theater is sound/light technician. Its pretty simple and I don’t do much, but I get to see lots of cool events. Last week there was a Jewish Turkish band. Super cool.

My home life is crazy. Lots of together time, meetings, and dinners. I am a very independent person, so its been a challenge. Our house is almost a full blown co-op. Everything has to be consense and talked about. We share all our food and each person has a house duty. Plus we have dinners four days a week. Nice to come home to food after a long day at work. We take turns and sign up for meals and dishes. I just did almost all my duty last week. I can say that I’m getting good at cooking awesome food. Shakshuka and Baba-ganoush were big hits.

I’m looking at my future now and starting to plan my next move. I have many options and I’m really being pulled in different directions. My major focus now is getting my application for a Masters in Israel Studies at the University of Haifa. It is a perfect fit for me and I know will help me get back to starting a life in Israel. I miss Israel and my friends there so much. I think about it every day, so if this program accepts me, fingers crossed, I’ll be back in Israel in September 2014! If that doesn’t work out, I could apply to other MA programs (Israel and US), move back to Colorado, or stay in DC. Who knows?

Sweet, nice chatting with you all. Enjoy this picture of me eating the AVODAH sign. Peace and Love

Oh! How do you like the new look of my blog?


New Chapter, New Year, New City, New Focus

This last week I begin a new chapter in life. I finished my undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and had an amazing summer. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival ended with a bang and I made so many friends and gained a ton of experience in the Theatre. I am sad to leave my family, friends, roommates, Chabad, and Boulder. I never could have made it through this past year with out some of the most amazing and supportive people. Special Shout out to Joshua Hooper, Josh Umland, Nadav Rosen, Avi Gross, Zilla Goodman, Rabbi Yisroel and Leah Wilhelm, Yitzi, Asher, Levi, and Yocheved. 


I am now living in Washington DC (Columbia Heights). I have decided to kickstart my career in Jewish Non-profits with a year of service in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. My placement for the year is at the DC Jewish Community Center and Behrend Builders as the Community Service Associate. I start working this Tuesday! I am living with 9 other Avodahnicks, with all different placements in DC. Our house is in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, just NW of downtown. The neighborhood is definitely the most diverse place I have ever lived and a whole new adventure. All these new places, work, and passion of mine are all right inline with the Jewish New Year, Rosh HaShanah. I am nervous to be away from any familiar families for meals and services, but I’m sure it won’t take me long to find a home and service.

Well, I’m just about all moved in and orientation is over. My housemates and I are going to be figuring out the next few days on how to live communally. Yes, I am going to have to share…. Well, I did get my own room and bathroom. I just need to figure out food sharing. I’m the only gluten, soy, dairy, egg free housemate.  

Thats it for now. I do plan to update my blog more often now that I’m doing something new and exciting. So stay tuned for more. Next week I will be able to talk about the work I’m going to be doing. 


l’shana tova/Happy New Year everyone! 


Life’s New Chapter: I got a Job!

Wow, now its really been a long time since my last post. I have been asked a lot about my blog and if I’ll keep it going, well I guess so. I really didn’t have too many things to talk about the past year. I have almost finished my Undergraduate eduction though. I graduate from the University of Colorado, Boulder next week.

I’ll be the first Jewish Studies only graduate from CU.  Everyone else has had two majors. At least I have a minor in Theatre. I successful completed my Jewish studies capstone project last weekend with my own production of A Dybbuk, adapted by Tony Kushner. I had an amazing time directing, designing, and stage managing this full length drama with a 16 member cast. It was very successful, minus that I went  $200 over budget and the fog didn’t work. I just have a few online classes now to finish up over the summer and then I’ve got a degree!

Let’s get to the main reason though I decided to write a blog post, I got a Job!

Well, I got three jobs.

1. I was hired as the Assistant production manager of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for the summer. This is a dream job for Theatre people and I got it right out of college. I’ll be working on all this seasons shows and helping to manage most of the festival’s operations. I hope to see anyone in the area at the shows, Check them out here. This is just for the summer and I’m doing it for credits mostly.

2. I will be leading another Mayanot Taglit-Birthright Israel trip at the end of May. This will be my fourth Birthright trip from the states, this is addition to my 15 that I supervised while in Israel. I will now of interacted with 760 participants, 152 Israeli Soldiers/Students, 76 Israeli staff members, and 17 Chabad Leaders. Thats over 1,000 people, a lot of which read this blog. I am very sad to report though that I won’t be able to extend my trip due to my first summer job. :( I’ll be back soon though.

3. The biggest news to report is that I have been accepted in to the program  Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. I will be living in a house with other young adults all with different social justice jobs around Washington DC. My placement is with the DC Jewish Community Center as their Behrend Builders and Community Service Associate. I am very excited for my big move to DC and the JCC. This program is a great jump start into my future as a social justice advocate in the Jewish community. I’ll miss Israel, a lot, but I plan to move back there after this year of service to go to Grad School.


Well thats it for now. I’ve got so many papers to finish to graduate. Peace and Shalom

Jewish Buff Graduates


Mayanot 99, The trip of a lifetime.

Mayanot 99!

Your one of the best Mayanot Birthright-Israel groups I have had the pleasure to come across. We just finished an amazing 10 trip of a lifetime. These past 10 days just seem like a wonderful dream that could never happen, but it did. This trip was an emotional roller coaster for me as you all know. I’m sure my brother, Travis, would have loved sharing this experience with you all. Your hugs, smiles, tears, and dancing just made this very hard trip a truly rewarding time. I love you all and hope to see you in the near future. 567147_10101252089734033_1347715821_o

If you would please make a small donation to Travis’s Torah Fund that would really touch me. Here is the link. Torah

I told you all that I would try my hardest to help you find programs and opportunities to come back or just support Israel. So here are just a few out of many.

I talked a lot about recruiting for Mayanot, so here is the link MAYANOT RECRUITING. Do it all over again and here is  Mayanot’s Institute of Jewish Learning, which offers many different programs.

Also I talked about the post birthright program that I did, IsraeLinks. 3 Weeks for $499

Here is a whole list of things from Israel on Campus Coalition, Israel Study/Travel. Various Prices and Durations

This is one of the biggest databases of Israel programs, MASA, Costs money but many scholarships available.

A cool program I just heard about to Volunteer in Israel, Otzma. Also like I did with Jewish National Fund, Alt Winter/Spring Break

If you want to volunteer in the IDF and be with soldiers like Miki, here is the link to Sar-El.

There are many other programs and trips, here is some ways to pay for them…

  • Your local Jewish Federation sponsors participants in Israel Programs, it should be noted that there are often additional funding sources through the Federation.
  • Your local synagogue: Many synagogues provide funding for Jewish youth to visit Israel. Even if there isn’t a specific fund, many synagogues have a “Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund” where your Rabbi may choose to spend a portion of his/her donated funds. Even if you have not been an active member of the synagogue, it is a good idea to speak with your Rabbi.
  • Hillel: Asking your local campus Hillel is another option when it comes to finding money to get to Israel. On most campuses, Hillel is a place where Jewish students are able to express and develop their Jewish identity. Inquiring through the Hillel Director, Program Director, or JCSC Fellow may help you.
  • The Bureau of Jewish Education: If it is an educational program or Jewish learning experience,  the BJE may be willing to fund your participation on the program.  Most cities have a local BJE.
  • Jewish organizations and agencies in your hometown: Hadassah, B’nai B’rith lodges, Jewish Women International (formerly B’nai B’rith Women), Temple/Synagogue men’s clubs/sisterhoods — all of them care about the Jewish community! They are often able and willing to cover a portion of your costs! Take advantage of their hospitality. Especially look towards agencies where your family or family friends belong. If no one you know belongs, they may still want to help — that’s the beauty of the community.
  • Your Fraternity/Sorority: If you are involved in the Greek system and your Fraternity/Sorority happens to be traditionally Jewish on a national scale, your national offices may be interested in sponsoring you on your trip to Israel.
  • University Study Abroad Office: Study Abroad offices often have information on scholarships that are available through a wide variety of agencies, academic departments, and businesses. It would be in your best interest to set up a meeting with a counselor in the Study Abroad Office to find out what scholarships are available to students traveling to Israel.
  • University Academic Departments: It doesn’t hurt to ask specific academic departments on campus (i.e. Judaic studies, political science, history, religion, business) about potential scholarships for experiential learning programs in Israel. While it depends on the university, many academic departments have money set aside for faculty or students to attend programs.
  • Hebrew Free Loan Society: For interest free loans. You must apply in person while in the U.S. but can often receive significant funds which can be paid back free of interest.
  • Also you all met Jeff Sidel that gave you the free Torah Books and Sidders. Check out his scholarship site.
 I also promised a reading list. So here you are. 

(Take each word of advice from your perspective. I do not necessarily believe/agree with everything I read.)

Jewish Books:: Why Marry Jewish?,  Dear Rabbi, Why Can’t I marry her?How to raise a dog JewishJewish Meditation,  Towards a Meaningful LifeComing Back to Earth,

IDF Books: Brotherhood of WarriorsLonely Soldier.

Israel Books: Son of Hamas, Start-up Nation, Arab-Israel Conflict.

Donate to the Travis Darling Torah Fund

Donate to the Travis Darling Torah Fund

I’m starting to raise money to have a Torah written in Memory of my brother, Travis Darling.

Travis was 16 months younger than me. We grew up together and were the best of childhood friends. We didn’t have the easiest childhood, but we are always there for each other. As we grew older, we sadly grew apart. Travis went on to be a cowboy in the rodeo, and I went the Jewish path and served in the Israel Army.
We were slated to travel to Israel this December on Mayanot Birthright-Israel. This was going to be the trip of a lifetime. Both Travis and I were beyond excited to take an extended trip together; more importantly, I could show my brother why I love Israel and Judaism. Unfortunately we were not able to go on this trip.
On 12, Heshvan 5773, October 28th, 2012. Travis had just moved to Texas for a job training horses. That night he was on his way home and wrecked his truck and died on impact.
To honor his name and soul, I am trying to raise money to write a Torah Scroll. This will be for the students at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where I attend college.
Thank you for your time and money.
Tzvi/Jeremy Darling