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Shana Bet at Yeshivat HaKotel
Aaron graduated from Yavneh Boys King David High School in Manchester and has recently completed a year of study at Yeshivat HaKotel. He so enjoyed his year that he he will be returning to Israel to spend a second year studying at Yeshivat HaKotel. Aaron chose to spend a year in Israel to learn about his faith and what it means to him on both a practical and philosophical level. He joined Core18 to complement this learning with exposure to practical leadership. Aaron volunteered for three years in his local Bnei Akiva branch every Shabbat afternoon leading informal Jewish activities for youth aged 11-14. As head boy of his school, he planned a weekend bonding trip for the older students with a focus on reconciling Judaism and the modern world for the younger students. He ran a term of basic Israel advocacy sessions as well. In his spare time, he enjoys teaching himself how to play the piano and origami.
Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College
Adina graduated from SAR High School and studied at Midreshet Torah V’Avoda. She will be attending Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in the Fall to learn veterinary studies. In high school Adina was a student director of SAR's acapella group, a captain of the soccer and tennis teams, and a trainer of seeing-eye dogs. As well, she spent time teaching English in Mexico under the auspices of the Israeli Agency.
Arianna graduated from Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy and continued on to study at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim. In the Fall she will be attending Stern College to focus on public relations. After much consideration, she decided to spend this year studying in Israel in order to strengthen her Jewish values and beliefs, grow in her Torah knowledge, and really understand what it means to live in Israel. These same values and her passion for Israel advocacy and leadership training are what inspired her to join Core18.
Bella graduated from Yeshivat Kadimah High School and went on to study at Midreshet Torah V’Avodah. She will be attending Stern College in the Fall. During her high school years, she took part in several organizations involved in interfaith work. Bella was a StandWithUs MZTeen Intern where she was taught how to educate others about the importance of the State of Israel and how to handle controversial issues. Furthermore, Bella served as the NCSY St. Louis chapter board secretary and a Ready Readers volunteer. Bella is grateful to Core18 and their entire staff for giving her the opportunity to be exposed to so many new parts of Israeli culture. She knows this will only help her as she continues on in her studies.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
Ben graduated from Scheck Hillel Community School and spent his gap year at Yeshivat Ashreinu. He spent part of his year as a volunteer EMT for Magen David Adom and has spent countless nights saving lives. Ben decided during this year that he is going to make aliyah and become a combat medic in the IDF. Once he completes the army, he hopes to attend Tel Aviv University and pursue a career in medicine. In high school Ben was extremely active in Israel activism both in the school’s AIPAC club and on his own time. Ben has lobbied regularly for the US - Israel relationship and been involved in other forms of political activism. In addition to having his own website, he currently blogs for the Times of Israel and the Jerusalem Post.
IDC Herzliya, Israel
Binyamin studied at Yeshivat Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion. He will be attending IDC Herzliya where he will study business administration and economics. For the past five years, Binyamin volunteered at Friendship Circle of New Jersey serving as president and representing FCNJ at the Miami Marathon for the past two years. Additionally, he served as a delegate on the Students Against Destructive Decisions committee and participated in Kushner's science Olympiad team. Through being a part of Core18, he was given the tools to prepare himself for college campus life to advocate and defend Israel.
Sy Syms School for Business
Dahlia graduated from Bais Yaakov of Baltimore and went on to study at Sha’alvim for Women. She will be attending Sy Syms School of Business and will major in business and computer science. In her spare time, Dahlia volunteered at local hospitals and old-age homes. Through taking part in Core18, she was given invaluable life skills and new outlooks. Core18 was an experience like no other!
Hana graduated from John Jay High School and went on to study at Nativ. She will be attending McGill University and hopes to make aliyah after completing university. Hana was the youth president of her temple and held numerous other leadership positions. She was an active member in numerous clubs including the Sustainability Club. She was president of the Students Against Destructive Decisions at her school. She was also in charge of social action and tikkun olam for her USY chapter. In her spare time, Hana enjoys photography, hiking, soccer, and art. Core18 has taught her more than she could have ever imagined, and she intends on spreading her new knowledge throughout her upcoming journey.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ilan graduated from Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton. He studied at Yeshivat Lev Hatorah and will be attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the Fall. lan founded and headed his high school’s geography club. In this role, he led the club to victory at the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) Geography Bee. Ilan was a volunteer tour guide at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. He was also a member of his high school’s student council for two years. Following high school, Ilan chose to spend a year in Israel in order to truly experience the beauty of the Jewish homeland and to grow as a person throughout the year. Ilan joined Core18 because he wanted to gain the necessary skills to help him be an effective leader on his campus and in all his future endeavors.
Jordana graduated from The Frisch School and went on to study at Midreshet Torah V’Avoda. She will be studying political science at McGill University in the Fall. Jordana decided to spend her gap year in Israel to enhance her spiritual growth and knowledge and to form a connection to the land of Israel. She understands the great anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism she will encounter on her college campus and most likely the rest of her life. She believes it is her responsibility, as a member of the Jewish community, to help combat these struggles and aspires to be a strong advocate for the State of Israel for the rest of her life. Jordana chose to participate in Core18 to help her acquire the tools she will need in order to accomplish the mission she has set for herself.
New York University
Molly graduated from SAR High School and went on to study at Midreshet Torah V’Avoda. She will be attending NYU in the fall to study politics and computer science. In high school Molly founded the “SAR Girls Who Code” club. She was Model Congress team captain and part of the Entrepreneurs In Training Program. She was captain of the the dance competition team. She was also involved with the SAR Acheinu club (Israel Activism). Molly plans on taking an active role in Israel advocacy on her campus, using the leadership skills Core18 has helped her develop and refine. She is so grateful for the guidance Core18 has provided her with and can’t wait to put those tools into full effect next year!
Shana Bet at Yeshivat Sha'arei Mevaseret Zion
Natan graduated from RTMA-JEC and studied at Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion. He will staying for a second year of studies in the Fall. He came to Israel to grow in his learning, but also to increase his connection to the land of Israel. He chose to participate in Core18 to improve his ability to advocate for Israel and to hone his leadership skills. During high school he was his NCSY chapter president. He was the captain of the wrestling team for two years. He was also captain of the soccer team, college bowl and the math team. As well, he was the head of Israel action on SGO.
Noa studied at Migdal Oz and will be attending Stern College to study political science and international relations. She graduated from Shalhevet High School for Girls and came to Israel to develop a deeper understanding of Torah studies, Jewish history and Israeli culture. By participating in Core18, she enhanced her year of study in Israel. She learned how to cultivate her leadership skills and is prepared to take responsibility for the Jewish people and the Jewish homeland wherever she goes. In high school she was the captain of the basketball team, captain of the stock market club and captain of Model UN. She also served as the president of the Israel advocacy club and the class president.
Mira Costa College
Rachel graduated from San Dieguito Academy and went on to spend her gap year studying at Midreshet Emunah V’Omanut. She will be studying at Mira Costa College this Fall. In high school Rachel played an active role in the International Thespian Society, American Sign Language National Honor Society and National Honor Society. With the help of Core 18, she was able to gain the confidence and skills to become an advocate for Israel for the rest of her life. She looks forward to implementing all that she learned with Core18 on her campus as she pursues a degree in vocal performance.
New York University
Shoshana graduated from Maimonides High school and went on to study at Midreshet HaRova. She will be studying film and television in the Tisch program at NYU. In high school, Shoshana served as the student council president, and captain of the varsity basketball, soccer and softball teams. Furthermore, she was a member of the Yachad board, and a volunteer for Tenacity in Boston.
Tova graduated from Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls and studied at Midreshet Emunah V’Omanut. She will be attending Hunter College in the Fall where she will study film as a Hunter Muse Scholar. She hopes to pursue a career as a screenwriter and stand-up comedian. She was the head of the Israel Action Committee and attended AIPAC’s teen summit. Furthermore, she participated in Model Congress, College Bowl and Poetry Slam.