Brilliant teachers- Alex Sinclair, Israel Education; Daniel Moses, Israeli-Arab Conflict;
Dave Mendelsson, Israeli History; Michal Ben-Dov (my tutor!); Matan, Ulpan.
With the exception of Matan, who I don't know very much about beyond his ability to teach Hebrew in a fun and engaging way, my teachers this semester are all leading scholars in their field. In addition to being Israel experts, I also found them all to be accessible in a way that allowed me to dig deep into their areas of interest.
The desire to keep learning.
Before I came on Kesher Hadash I had a very limited understand of Israel and its history. This semester has inspired me to want to know more. I have always loved to read and have started to add books about this region by non-Jewish authors to my reading list as a way to continue my education about Israel from multiple perspectives.
A real connection to Israel.
I had been to Israel a few times before on short group trips. I had always felt that I had loved Israel because I loved being Jewish. The two came hand in hand. I still love Israel, but for different reasons. I love Israel because it is a country with a Jewish heart that is confusing, messy and complicated. I see a lot of myself in Israel.