This week I was able to go out and explore the city a bit more. I went to Jaffa with friends and walked around the beautiful ancient streets. We also stopped for some authentic shawarma, which was incredible and probably some of the best I’ve ever had. Growing up in an Israeli family, I have always loved the food in Israel, such as falafel, shawarma, and well-done hummus. I definitely miss having these nostalgic foods while in Boston, and living in Tel Aviv and having these amazing food options on every corner has been a dream.

Tel Aviv food by Maya Zeldich
(Photo: Maya Zeldich)
After work I have been really enjoying spending time with friends and going out around the city together. We go to the beach, find new favorite food spots, and love going on walks to watch the sunset. The sunsets in Israel have been absolutely unreal and a great way to unwind after a day at work. Sometimes I will go out for just a 15-minute walk and catch the best part. In Boston the sunsets are nice, but not nearly as stunning, and watching the sun set over the water here is magical every time.
Maya Zeldich, Boston University ’23, is a speech pathology major interning at the ALUT kindergarten through the Boston Onward Israel program. 125 students from Massachusetts colleges have professional internships in their fields of interest in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa this summer. Visit for more info.

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