Elyse Schunkewitz

May 1, 2011

I Never Want This To End

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Last night as I was on the train back from Haifa, I came across something absolutely fabulous: a study cited from our own wonderful Lafayette College in Glamour Magazine’s May Issue!  WHOWA!  Of course, I cannot purchase my beloved Glamour here in Israel, but I did find it for the pricey cost (for a magazine, […]

April 27, 2011

Cheerio! (apparently, to my disappointment, this is not said in London)

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So, I’m currently sitting in the Paddington Station in London, awaiting the arrival of my dear friend Carolyn to pick me up!  My five and a half hour plane ride from Israel was pleasant.  Not much more to say than that—the kosher for Passover meal was decent and the couple sitting next to me were […]

April 17, 2011

This Too Shall Pass

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This week has definitely been a mish-mash of emotions for me and I’m not exactly sure why. But I might just need to reflect on the past couple of days in order to feel a little more at ease. Okay, so right now I’m currently dying of boredom…I mean, sitting and very studiously paying attention…in […]

April 4, 2011

A Response to Campus Affairs from Abroad

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As someone currently living in Israel and studying the behaviors and results of anti-Semitism that is deeply rooted in the existence of Jewish culture, I am concerned and upset by these discrimination acts that have been occurring on campus at Lafayette College.  And not just the anit-Jewish ones, but all of them.  Whatever religion, nationality, […]

March 28, 2011

We Cannot Forget

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Rainy days in Tel Aviv are few and far between, but they tend to be dreary.  Especially when the day before there was a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem and earlier that day rockets were being shot from Gaza into Ashdod, not even an hour drive from Tel Aviv. I’m currently living in a country in […]

March 21, 2011

Shalom L’Israel!

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Every time my Hebrew professor teaches us a new grammar rule, she concludes by roaring “Shalom L’Israel!”  My friend Roy and I contemplate this term, constantly coming up with new ideas as to what she means by this statement.  I personally believe she is saying, “Welcome to Israel,” (exact translation for this would be “Hello […]

March 11, 2011

It’s Just Part of Life

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For those of you who aren’t aware, all Israelis must go to the army when they complete high school, around the age of eighteen.  It really does make a world of difference in their lives.  For instance, children like Orit’s grow up saying, “After the army, I plan to…”  Going to the army is so […]

March 4, 2011

The Struggle for Identity

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You would think that coming to the “Holy Land” would strengthen and assist my spiritual and religious identity. However, I think that it does just the opposite. I’m confused. I’m in the midst of a religious identity crisis. As I sit in my Contemporary Jewish Issues class, my professor argues back and forth between what […]

February 25, 2011

A Week To Remember

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This week was absolutely epic. I personally dislike when people use the term “epic” to describe some sort of event, but the experiences I had and the people I spent time with made it one of the most enjoyable weeks thus far on my study abroad adventures. I welcomed my week in by attending my […]

February 17, 2011

31 Days After Takeoff

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This past summer I made the decision that it was time to explore the world outside of the home of the Crayola Factory and Larry Holmes, not to mention the greater tri-state area that I live in.  As someone who has only left the country once and lives an hour drive away from the fabulous […]