Ottawa Jewish Bulletin Article "Steinman Siblings Thrilled With Summer Spent At The Hebrew University Of Jerusalem"

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Noam and Adina SteinmanAdina and Noam Steinman, the children of Ned Steinman and Golda Feig-Steinman of Ottawa, both spent this past summer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Adina participated in the Rothberg International School summer program while Noam was a lab research assistant.

For Adina, 18, one of the highlights of spending the summer studying in Israel was getting out of the classroom.

For Noam, 21, the best part was getting “my feet wet in research and real life in Israel. I loved going to work and not being a tourist.”

The siblings have family history with the Hebrew University. Their grandmother, Carolyn Steinman, was director of the Montreal chapter of Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU) for 25 years.

“I decided to go to the Hebrew University because I had heard such great things about the school from friends and family,” said Adina. “I was also interested in taking courses about Israeli politics and history, and the university provided an enriching program that included coursework, lectures, trips and guest speakers surrounding those topics.”

Adina particularly enjoyed the experiential learning at the Hebrew University.“

Rather than sitting in long lectures, the professors took us out into the streets of Jerusalem to teach us about culture and politics,” she said. “We got to visit the Knesset, Yad Vashem, and even had a day trip to Tel Aviv to enhance our learning experience. These opportunities allowed me to learn about Israel outside the classroom. It was a new and interesting way to learn about the country.”

She was in Israel for two months and spent the first month living in the newly renovated student dorms at the Hebrew University.

“This was an amazing experience,” she said, “since I got to live with students from all over the world, who were also enrolled in the summer program.”

During the second month, she travelled through northern Israel with friends and spent some time with her family. “This worked out perfectly, because I got the perfect blend of family time and having an individual experience in Israel.”

The most memorable part of her summer, Adina said, was attending the Maccabiah Games opening ceremony in Jerusalem. The event brought together Jews from around the world to compete in sporting events.

“Seeing all these different communities come together to appreciate the state of Israel, sports and the Jewish people was truly inspiring.”

Now in her second year at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, Adina plans to major in economics and business and hopes to get an internship in Israel within the next year.

“This was my second summer at the Hebrew University,” said Noam. “I found a great lab to work in, in natural product synthesis, nanoparticles and polymer synthesis or, more simply, chemistry. It was amazing!”

Noam has been to Israel many times and plans to move there once he finishes his own degree at Brandeis. He is now in third-year chemistry and looking at PhD programs in chemistry in Israel.

“It’s always better to get real experiences in Israel by working with Israelis, if you can,” he said. “There’s nothing like getting to know people in your field, where you want to live.”

“I’d strongly encourage young students to attend the Hebrew University,” said Adina. “This school is located in Israel’s capital, which is full of so many religious and cultural activities. The Hebrew University is reputable worldwide and the courses are taught by interesting professors. There is no better place to learn about Israel than inside Israel itself, and my summer at the Hebrew University provided an excellent environment for studies about Israel.”

Founded in 1918, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem opened officially in 1925 as Israel’s premier university and leading research institution. The Hebrew University is ranked among the 100 leading universities in the world and first among Israeli universities. The founding charter declared the institution would be open to every qualified man and woman irrespective of religion, race or nationality.

CFHU facilitates academic and research partnerships between Canada and Israel as well as establishing scholarships, supporting research, cultivating student and faculty exchanges and recruiting Canadian students to attend the Rothberg International School.

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