Name: Elisheva Kessel
University and study programme: I just finished my last year of animation studies, in the screen based arts department in Bezalel.
PRAS volunteering work: Elderly. My client Is a wonderful 90+ year old teenager.
Favourite place in Israel: Ein Moda, a spring right next to Beit Shean.
Favorite food: all kinds of chocolate.
What was your favorite experience with your PRAS client this year: This was our fourth year together, and we had a habit of eating lunch together this year, since we were both so busy and we already did a lot of other interesting stuff in our previous years so we just wanted to spend the time together. Those lunches were just pure time of interesting stories from her and relaxed time for me :)
How do you think participating in PRAS changed your outlook? It definiately changed my perspective on life, made me see what's really important during the crazy schedule of Bezalel and understand that some things just not worth getting stressed by, because i decently won't care about them when I'm 90.
Your plans for the future: Anything that will make me happy ;)
Name: Aviv Harkov
Birthplace, and year of Aliyah: New York, 2005
University and study program: Hebrew University, double degree in Business, Asian Studies and Mandarin
PRAS volunteering work: I taught and got to know the two wonderful daughters of a South African family in Modiin
Favourite place in Israel: Jerusalem - I love everything in Jerusalem from the hidden, to the atmosphere, my Hebrew University, the Shuk and of course the Kotel
Favourite food: I've always loved Ice Cream for dessert and as the main course
Your favourite experience with your PRAS client this year: I loved getting to know the girls and the process of bonding and creating a real friendship
How do you think participating in PRAS changed your outlook: I've always loved working with children and every time you're introduced to a new child, you meet a new perspective. Seeing Israel, Aliyah, and life through the girls' eyes helped me widen my own.
Your plans for the future: I'm looking forward to participating in the PRAS Scholarship next year! In addition to that, I look forward to continuing to visit communities and running programs inspired by my book, A Taste of Torah, where the whole family learn and taste the Parsha. (A Taste of Torah helps parents to cook up quality time with their kids and shows you how sweet and simple it is to celebrate Shabbat together as a family. It offers a weekly gourmet recipe and tips for preparing the dish with your sous chefs (children), followed by a dvar Torah for the older children and a bedtime story for the younger ones, based that week's parashah to enjoy with the whole family.)
To read about PRAS Closing Ceremony 2016- Click HERE