Written by participants of the Ulpan Ha’aretz major.
Ulpan Ha’aretz is one of the ten amazing Majors existing at Kutz and as its name hints, there are mainly two components to this Major: Ulpan – as in Hebrew immersion program, and Ha’aretz, referring to the state of Israel. Sharing their own experience, here are the participants’ words about the Major:
“…In Ulpan Ha’aretz we covered modern Israeli issues from religious segragetion to immigration, expanding our horizon of understanding the issues we face as a Jewish state today. Ulpan Ha’aretz has reinforced my own notion that we can’t advocate for Israel externally without having an understanding of the issues we face internally” (Ben F., Youth Group President. Temple Shalom, MD)
“…Making Turkish coffee under the willows opened our eyes to a new way of hanging out with friends. Through out the session, we learned how to make a variety of Israeli food and we can’t wait to bring the receipts home (Mollie Singer, NFTY SAR & Ayla K., NFTY MAR)
“…In Ulpan Ha’aretz the Hebrew we are taught is mostly modern, so when you go to Israel you would be able to easily start up a conversation. We learn the language through a verity of methods such as listening to Israeli cotemporary songs, watching Israeli movies and playing different games” (Laila G., the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, East Hampton, NY)
“Trip day for Ulpan Ha’aretz major was walk into the international politics and procedures of our world. Suddenly the pictures, articles, personal stories, we had studied in class became real. We embarked into the rooms where the security consul and the general assembly meet, even getting to hear a bit of a session regarding the Armistice treaty… This was an experience of lifetime. As teenagers who are just beginning our Jewish journey, we started to find our Jewish identity by getting a taste of what Israel is like in the real world. (Dani S., Greenwich Reform Synagogue of Greenwich, CT)