Zak Krooks

Why did you do MITF?

I’d been to Israel a few times, but never for this long. I took Hebrew in college and wanted the chance to really immerse myself in the language and Israeli society. I picked Jerusalem because I wanted to be where everything is happening. Jerusalem had everything. It had night-life, it had amazing restaurants, and amazing cultural events throughout the year.

 How was your experience?

It was an incredible experience. I celebrated Jewish holidays that growing up, I had never observed, including Shavuot and Purim. My absolute favorite moments were celebrating Purim and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) in which the entire city of Jerusalem (and the country) stops their normal life in order to celebrate. Volunteering in the school was an incredible opportunity. By the end of the year, I developed such strong connections with my students and the other teachers in the school. The students were always so excited to see me and my teaching partner and worked hard to speak English with us.

 What do you do now?

I am currently in law school in New York City.



Hometown: Chappaqua, New York

College: University of Virginia

Major: Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies

City in Israel: Jerusalem

Fellowship Year: 2017-2018

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