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Welcome back to Candice Nemoff and Arielle Zouela who spent a semester studying in Israel

Posted Jul. 5, 2011

Candice Nemoff

candice nemoff semester at Tel Aviv University

I am currently a Kent State Jewish Studies Minor and a recipient of the Samuel Melton Scholarship. I spent Spring 2011 in Tel Aviv University's School For Overseas program in Tel Aviv, Israel. I took classes on Contemporary Jewish Issues, The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Jewish history in context of Jesus, Israeli Theatre, and of course the Hebrew language. It was an incredible and life changing semester for me. I was able to learn more about myself, Jewish history, Israeli history, and even get closer with my cousins in Jerusalem.

Tel Aviv is definitely the city to be in in Israel since it is always full of life and has something interesting to do at all hours of the day and night. However, it is essential to travel all over Israel and see the amazing country and its historic sites. In Tel Aviv, there were several street parties where they would play music,sell beer and ice cream, and everyone could dance for hours. It was so much fun!  I would highly recommend studying abroad in Israel to anyone, especially at Tel Aviv University. I would like to thank Kent State and the Jewish Studies program for making it possible for me to study at TAU and receive credit for the interesting courses I took.

Arielle Zouela

Arielle Zouela

Hello, my name is Arielle Zouela. I am in my last year at Kent State, with a major in Biology pre-medicine and a minor in Jewish Studies.  Through my Jewish studies minor, I am a recipient of the Melton Scholarship, which enabled me to take various classes in Jewish Studies.

Starting in January 2011, I did a semester abroad at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva.  I took a wide variety of classes ranging from Anthropology and Archeology of the Ancient Negev to courses on Israeli Drama.  While the Negev is not the first place that comes to mind when people think to study abroad in Israel, the atmosphere there is like nowhere else in Israel.  Students at the university come from all over Israel, not just locally, so there is a very active student life for all students, including those in exchange programs.  My time in Beer Sheva gave me a chance to explore many of the things the desert has to offer, not a opportunity everyone gets, while still experiencing all the beauty and magnificence of rest of Israel.