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May 10, 2017, 1:40 AM
A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance
The background on my phone shows a picture of a gray sky, people in pink hats, and signs reading slogans such as “A woman’s place is in the resistance!” The people in the photograph are clearly cold – most...
Dec 11, 2016, 3:10 AM
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Christmas music has started its annual takeover of the radio airwaves. While driving around with my mom, I was able to catch a few songs, including the carol, "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas." I agree; I am also dreaming...
May 22, 2016, 11:47 PM
Not for you, Harvard
As I'm finishing up my junior year, I'm hearing more and more about college - "Hey, Shari, what schools are you looking at?" "SAT or ACT?" "Which SAT subject tests are you taking?" "What'd you get on the SAT?"...
Feb 26, 2016, 12:57 AM
Get With the (Political) Program!
Teenagers are infamous for being nonchalant, careless, and recalcitrant (that was one of my SAT words!). Sure, some of that is true. There are things that I, as a 16 year old, could care less about, but one of those...
Jan 19, 2016, 10:36 PM
A Letter to My Sister
Dear Gabrielle, I am so excited for you, my little sister, to be going on the experience of a lifetime with Tichon Ramah Yerushaliyim (TRY). Honestly, TRY is what you make of it. The next few months are going to be...
Dec 23, 2015, 6:42 AM
The Kinship of Being Human
There is a Palestinian boy in my gym class. His gym clothes consist of an endless cycle of “free Gaza” and “free Palestine” shirts. This irks me. I always tell my friends that I’m going to go up and...
Oct 26, 2015, 6:57 AM
An act of kindness on the edge of Ofakim
I work at the Religious School at my synagogue, Temple Beth Sholom, in Cherry Hill, NJ, twice a week. This past Sunday, I was with a class as they learned about gemilut hasadim, or acts of loving-kindness, something they...
Oct 12, 2015, 6:23 AM
Around 260 days ago, I left my house in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, for JFK airport in New York. I met up with teenagers that I had never met before, bid my family and friends farewell, and took off...
Jun 4, 2015, 7:30 PM
I woke up with a fright, as olive green army uniform clad women climbed onto our bus and started yelling. Because I had woken up so quickly, I was in a bit of a daze, and they yelled at us...
May 10, 2015, 4:34 PM
Before I came to Israel, I had never seen a “shtriemel.” I had seen ultra-orthodox men wearing black hats, but not the cylindrical, brown fur ones. I have a deep interest in Hasidism and ultra-orthodox Judaism. I believe that their...
Shari is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. From January until June of 2015, she studied abroad in Israel on the Tichon Ramah Yerushaliyim (TRY) program.