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Mazal Tov! The Weddings In Israel


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Rachel Sarafraz made aliya three years ago from New York. She is currently pursuing a degree in political science at Bar-Ilan University and works as her university’s student union program coordinator for campus minorities.

About the Author: Rachel Sarafraz made aliya three years ago from New York. She is currently pursuing a degree in political science at Bar-Ilan University and works as her university's student union program coordinator for campus minorities.


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2 Responses to “Mazal Tov! The Weddings In Israel”

  1. As a mother living in New York, with two daughters (not yet married) who are living in Israel, I found this story written by Rachel Sarafraz very relevant, insightful, bittersweet, and beautifully written.

  2. Congratulations Rachel Sarafraz.

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For Israel’s Anglo olim (immigrants), the name Givat Shmuel conjures up a marriage scene to rival that of New York’s Stern University for Women. Home to hundreds of young English-speakers studying at the adjacent Bar-Ilan University, Givat Shmuel has produced a vibrant, growing community of overseas students – and a reputation for their enthusiastic coupling. Each year, the community watches as many new couples are formed, engagements are announced and weddings are celebrated.

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