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Insider-Outsider and Still Learning

Updated: Apr 2

Gary Opolsky is participating in the Canadian Friends for Hebrew University program – Learn! Experience!  Volunteer!  Gary has a unique perspective and he took a few moments to share his experience.

From Gary:

Bottom line -great experience!

Please note that I’m basically half Israeli given that I speak the language so my perception may be different from the rest of my fellow travelers.

Notwithstanding I have been learning a lot from my new friends, the Hebrew University Business students we are working with in English.

I have to tell you that the level of proficiency is very high. Sometimes I don’t even know why they need the help but if they feel it is worth while then great.

For me the best part has been seeing a slice of life different from my own.

One discussion I had with a student was about the haredi (ultra-orthodox) and the government and the games they play and the student gave me an explanation of how things work, why the religious want the yeshivas to get the $ etc.

Another PhD told me about his work using actuarial tables to calculate pensions and we had a long discussion.   Because I am in the insurance world I even connected him to an actuary in Israel to discuss his paper. He was very pleased.  This student is giving a talk soon in English on the topic and I will help him prepare.

This experience is all very rewarding for me. The psychic pleasure is high.

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