Several KU Hillel students interned and studied throughout Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Two KU Hillel students, Sydney Aaranson and Jillian Ward, are participating in the Onward Israel program. Onward Israel offers an immersive summer experience and provides students with exciting resume building opportunities including internships, service learning, academic study and fellowships. Most importantly, however, Onward Israel helps strengthen Jewish students’ connection to Israel and their Israeli peers.
Ward has been spending her summer working at The Hatzori Extended School Day-Care Center in Tel Aviv. The mission of the school is to integrate children and youth between the ages of six and 21 with moderate to moderate/low intellectual developmental disabilities into its program.
This has been a great experience for Ward who has loved learning from both her working peers and the students with whom she interacts.
Aaranson has been living in Jerusalem since June working alongside her peers in the Arts and Culture program of Onward Israel. Aaranson, along with 24 other Jewish students, have taken on internships ranging from Yad Vashem’s educational unit, to Israeli promotional photography, to marketing for start-ups. Aaranson’s internship placed her at the Alexia Aflalo Design Studio where she works on branding and advertising for a variety of big-name brands.
“Being a part of the Israeli workforce has really taught me a lot more about Israel as a whole,” Aaranson said. “I am learning about the social norms, trends and a bit of Hebrew as I improve as a designer.”
Both Aaranson and Ward are sad to leave Israel in the next few weeks but are excited to bring their passions back to KU Hillel.
“I want to help plan Israel week to educate others on Israel from more than just a Birthright perspective,” Aaranson said.
KU Hillel works with many students to help them find the right Israel program. To learn more about our Israel and Overseas opportunities, CLICK HERE.