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Thinking About Going on a Gap Year Program?

January 26, 2016
By SSLI Alumni Department

My name is Melanie Eisenberg and I graduated from SSHSLI in 2011. I am currently on my last semester at Binghamton and I am looking forward to graduation this upcoming May!  I want to share my experiences with current Schecter students thinking about going on a gap year program such as Year Course.

When I was a senior at SSHSLI(class of '11), I made a life changing decision to spend a year in Israel before heading off to college. The program I attended, Young Judaea Year Course, gave me an entirely new perspective on the world. I have come to understand a great deal about the culture of my people, and what it is like to truly live in Israel as an Israeli, not as a tourist. I volunteered for three months in a Bedouin tent where I was exposed to a unique group of people and learned so much about coexistence and its realistic possibility. Coming from a small Jewish day school, my eyes were opened to a group of people who had much to teach me about their culture and way of life. In addition to the volunteering component of the program, there is also a rigorous academic course of study. I have not only seen this country with my eyes, but through my feet. I have taken courses in Israeli history, politics, literature, women’s roles in religion and philosophy, as well as attended weekly-guided tours to different parts of the country. I promise you there is a difference between learning about history to actually seeing its legacy. If you or someone you know is intrigued by the opportunity to take a gap year in Israel before college, please do not hesitate to contact me at with any questions/concerns you might have!

Posted in Class of 2011

Mazal Tov to SSLI Alumna Rachel Samuels

September 10, 2015
By SSLI Communication

Originally posted on

Mazal Tov to SSLI Alumna Rachel Samuels (class of 2011), who is a recipient of the  2015 - 2016 Joel Daner Yachad Communal Fellowship.

Rachel Samuels, from Roslyn Heights, New York, is a graduate of Binghamton University. She majored in Human Development and double minored in Education and Judaic Studies and was very involved in campus life including being a peer advisor and active participant with both Binghamton’s Hillel and Chabad.

Rachel applied to the Daner Fellowship because of her passion about inclusion. She ultimately accepted the fellowship because she felt it was the perfect opportunity to weave her Jewish beliefs and values with that passion for advocating and providing resources for people with special needs.

During this year as a Daner Fellow, she hopes to gain the skills to further educate our greater community about individuals with special needs, and teach others to advocate on behalf of families who cannot do so for themselves. Rachel is looking forward to a great year and is excited to be a part of Yachad’s mission in making sure everyone feels a sense of belonging within the community.

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