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May 22, 1998 Southeastern Virginia Jewish News 17 Tidewater college students ready for Israel experience By Rachel Zoberman This summer, four college students from Tidewater will travel to our sister city in israel, Pardes Katz, and participate in the Kefiada program. The Kefiada program sends college age students to communi- ty centers throughout Israel to conduct a day camp for sixth and seventh graders to improve their English speaking skills. The chil- dren from underprivileged homes have historically benefited from this program. Because of our relationship with the Pardes Katz community, Tidewater provides the college students as coun- selors for their Kefiada camp. Jodi Sacks, Youth and Virginia Beach Director, emphasizes the importance of Israeli students learning the English language to be successful in life. She says, " The kids' English skills will improve just by being around American students." 150 students will attend the Pardes Katz Kefi- ada, making it the largest Kefia- da program in Israel. The UJFT provides scholarships for chil- dren who cannot afford the tuition. Sacks visited various college campuses, including UVA and VCU, to recruit students for this program. The students that were selected are Scan Philip Cohen, Jesse Alan Lepow, Michelle Proser, and Nachama Sternlicht. The Pardes Katz Kefiada direc- tot, Limor Tal, will lead an orien- tation and training session at the JCC with these four students, and on June 21 the students travel to Israel to attend a national orien- tation with all the counselors involved from around the coun- try. The Kefiada program will last for a month, and the students will immerse themselves in Israeli life by living in their own apartment and spending time with their adopted families. Sean Cohen grew up in Vir- ginia Beach, and is a graduate of Kempsville High School and a member of Temple Emanuel. While growing up, he was active in soccer, baseball, football and wrestling. Sean will graduate in May from Virginia Common- wealth University in Richmond with a bachelors in psychology. He plans to further his studies in the education department where he will receive a masters in ele- mentary education. In his free time, Sean enjoys surfing, snow boarding, and most other outdoor activities. This is Sean's first trip to Israel, and he is looking for- ward to having a great time. Jesse Lepow graduated from high school in Charlotte, NC. He spent 10th grade at the American Israeli High School at Kibbutz Beit Hashita in the Jezreel Valley just outside of Afula in north central Israel. After high school, Jesse returned to Israel on the Young Judea course program. Beginning with an ulpan to learn Hebrew at Kibbutz Ramat Yochanan in the north, followed by university courses in Jerusalem, he finished the year at an archeological dig on the top of Masada while living in the desert city of Arad. While living in New Jersey, Jesse was active in Young Judea and attended Young Judea Camp at Sprout Lake outside of Poughkepsie, NY, and Camp Tel Yehuda in Barryville, NY. When the family moved to Charlotte, Jesse joined BBYO eventually becoming the chapter Godel. He is now AIPAC representative for Western North Carolina. Jesse is finishing his sopho- more year at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and is on his way to completing his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jesse enjoys playing soccer and golf, as well as playing bass gui- tar with several bands. He is the son of Susan Lepow, Educational Director of Synagogue Beth El, and Daniel Lepow, Assistant Director of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Michelle Proser is a rising senior at The George Washington University, majoring in Interna- tional Affairs with a double minor in Judaic Studies and Political Science. She is current- ly spending the semester study- ing in the Rothberg School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At GW, Michelle has been very active in Hillel. She served on the execu- tive board for two years, founded the Hillel AIDS Awareness Com- mittee, was the financial officer for GW Friends of Israel, and was active in a number of other Hillel groups. Michelle has also been very active in other aspects of GW campus life. Recently, she was the Public Relations Chair for the 1997 GW AIDS Walk Washington Team Committee, and received the 1997 GW Excellence in Student Life Award and Scholarship. Michelle plans to pursue a career in public health policy. Nachama Sternlicht is a sec- ond year student at the Universi- ty of Virginia. She is studying to be a pediatric nurse practitioner and would like to receive a MBA. Nachama is very involved in a wide range of activities on campus. She is currently the Vice President for External Relations for Hillel, United Jewish Appeal Co-chair, a transfer student peer advisor, an assistant direclor/ membership coordinator of Best Buddies where she works with mentally retarded adults, a mem- ber of Operation Smile, a sister of Chi-Omega, and a member of University Dance Club. Nachama's other interests include tennis, beach volleyball, and playing piano. Sacks concludes, "This pro- gram will give these students a chance to get the Israeli experi- ence." Ruby & Company 124 First Colonial Road Va. 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