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  • Filling the gap: The case for a post-high school year in Israel

    By Elyse Glickman

    November 11, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Although the notion of taking a year’s break between high school and college appeals to many young people, parents often think a year abroad is a luxury of the privileged. However, counselor Phyllis Folb argues that a gap year can be an essential component of a young Jewish adult’s...

  • Letters to the editor: Barack Obama, Guy Davidi, happy Chanukah and more

    December 17, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    Backing Barack

    Yes, finally a prominent voice from the Jewish community has spoken truth to fact (“Why Jews Still Back Obama,” Dec. 12). Kudos to Rob Eshman for stating facts, and not falling for the loud, anti-Obama voices on the right.

    Allan Kretchman via email

    Nice article...

  • Bali Bargains? (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    July 24, 2012 | 4:18 am

    Bali Bargains?

    While in the town of Kuta in Bali, we stayed for two nights at Bakung Sari Hotel, booked online at Asiarooms.com. On our last trip in 2008, we did not carry much electronics with us—only a digital camera, new Kindle (they came out in 2008) and an iTouch. We had no...

  • Our Year Adventure Begins!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    July 17, 2012 | 9:42 pm

    July 3, 2012 in Los Angeles at 6:31pm, July 4th, 2012 9:31am in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

    Our Year Adventure Begins: Three Flights to Bali, Indonesia from Los Angeles, California

    What a trip! Three flights from Los Angeles to Bali; with the help of modern chemistry we slept through...

  • Teaching English Underground: My Gap Year in Southern Israel

    December 6, 2011 | 7:52 am

    “Your classroom is just down these stairs,” the principal of Amereem Elementary School in Be’er Sheva, Israel told me. I smiled and briskly walked downstairs. The time it took me to reach the final step was well coordinated with how long it took me to translate the sign posted...

  • Striving for a New Israel Education

    October 17, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    Like most American Jews of my generation, my first encounters with Israel were cultural. I saw pictures of people reading the newspaper while floating in the Dead Sea. I wrote notes to be placed in the Western Wall. I ate hummus and falafel at Israeli Independence Day parties. My...

  • ‘Gap year’ entices seniors to live in Israel before college

    By Celia Soudry

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Before embarking on a nine-month trip to Israel, Molly Keene made a promise to her grandmother. Nervous about the violence she'd seen reported on the nightly news, Keene's grandmother made her vow not to take public busses. But upon arriving in Tel Aviv, Keene soon realized that this...
  • What a Difference a ‘Gap Year’ Makes

    By Jane Ulman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After high school graduation last year, as his friends went off to college, Ari Feinstein headed to Israel. He taught English to 10-year-olds in Upper Nazareth, worked on a camel farm near Dimona, studied in Jerusalem and participated in simulated basic training on an Israeli army...