Went up to the Tel Aviv University campus yesterday to go to the Jewish Diaspora museum. It was in interesting place. It was basically a history of the jews and didnt have artifacts or anything, it was more about how the jews ended up where they did and where we all have come from. Lots of pictures and reproductions of things such as synogogues around the world which was really cool--who knew there was a shul in china?? and it looks like a traditional chinese building! There were about 15 models of shuls from around the world which were cool to look at. There were also little videos on different jewish communities throughout europe and africa and how they came to be and how everyone left. There was a computer area where you could log into this geneology program but i put in a handful of my family's names and nothing came up...a bit disappointing!
I then wandered around the campus a bit--its very pretty! I didnt really go in any of the buildings but its interesting that almost everyone was named after a philanthropist, often from the US (i.e the Mr. and Mrs. X of San Diego building of life sciences, that kind of thing). I really cant imagine what it would have been like to go to medical school here--it would have been an AMAZING experience. Unfortunately for me (but probably fortunately for my parents!) it wasnt even on my radar 4 years ago when I was applying. Ive met quite a few of the american medical students here and they seem to LOVE it, and I am sure I would have too!
Now its thursday evening which means its the WEEKEND in israel woohoo! No big plans--its hard to arrange travels when you come alone, if anybody has suggestions email me!