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... what was the call that Michael heard?
'Come to the Land and live with the People that I have chosen as My Own!'
Psalm 122 (1) I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. (2) Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. (3) Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: (4) Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. (6) Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Psalm 125 (1) They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. (2) As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. KJV

Date: Jun 20, 2007 12:37 PM
Subject: University in Israel

I have just been accepted to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for their summer session. The flight to Israel is scheduled to leave the U.S. on July 30th. I am going so that I can learn Modern Hebrew. If it is God's will, I hope to enter the University's regular degree programs in the area of Computer Science or Computer Engineering. In order to do that I need to finish level three of the Hebrew language program. I am entering level one. I would eventually like to work with the Hebrew Biblical manuscripts using skills that I gain in electronics. Specially to make the words of God available to everyone in compact electronic form. In all these things, I must rely on God and follow where he leads. God Bless, Michael

Preparation for the Journey:
While Michael was in his senior year of high school, the University he was planning to attend had an open house in the Spring of 2006. Between scheduled events, as we were walking from one part of the campus to another, we began walking and talking with a nice lady and a Christian, too, from New York who had home-schooled her children; now she had come with her son for the open house. She hoped we would meet him as we were walking to the same destination ... but we never saw him before we parted ways.

That next fall Michael moved from home to the U of I dorms for the fall semester, then moved to another dorm after second semester began. He enjoyed campus life and made many friends through the fall and spring semesters of his first year at university. As he got to know the other students in his hall, he formed a friendship with a young man who was from New York, who had been home-schooled by his mother. Michael began to put the pieces together to find that this was the nice lady's son, whom we had talked with the Spring before ~ and the two sons who hadn't met then, were now each other's friend!

By Spring Break of 2007, Michael felt drawn to go to Israel and as the idea and desire became stronger, he submitted applications and prepared travel arrangements. His flight from Idaho to New York would arrive at one airport and his group flight with the Hebrew University would depart from another ... making a layover of a day and transport between airports a necessity. How would a young man from a small western city cope in a huge eastern city? The LORD had his travel plans prepared ~ a year and a half in advance! The nice lady from New York whose son had become his friend, offered to provide him with transportation and lodging, as well as a tour of part of the city! The LORD prepares the way for those who hear His voice and follow His leading. So, on July 29th Michael began his journey and arrived on July 31st in the Promised Land of Israel.

Subject: Your Child's Arrival to Hebrew University
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 10:28:18 -0400

Hello! I wanted to e-mail you and thank you for sharing your child with us this semester. I realize that anxiety levels may be high and I wanted to help try and make Michael�s transition to Hebrew University as smooth as possible. I will be flying to Israel this Monday afternoon with the group flight and � I�m very much looking forward to meeting your child. Once I am in Israel on July 31st, I will be available on my Israeli cell phone. I�ll receive that phone number later in the week, and email it to you then, so you�ll be able to contact me in Israel should you have any questions (a quick reminder: Israel is 7 hours ahead of New York, 10 of California).

For information on what he should expect upon arrival and how to proceed with registration, please see the details below. Please note that if you have requested that the cell phone be delivered to your child in Israel, they may not be able to pick it up until they get to campus to register. This may be up to 24 hours after they arrive. This information and more is available on the accepted student website. If they have not already ordered a cell phone, they can order it when they arrive but they may not get the phone for a day or two.

1) Students taking the July 30 group flight from Newark:
I will be on this flight with the students. Students should meet me at the El Al ticket counter no later than 11:45. We arrive in Israel early on July 31st, where we will be met by our Madrihim (program guides). Once all of the students have their luggage, we will be taken to the dorms to register and get the housing assignments. Students will go to the campus to register for the Ulpan, get their student IDs and health insurance and computer access codes after moving into the dorms. Classes begin on August 2nd.

2) Students arriving independently for the Ulpan:
Students not on a group flight should plan to go straight to the Boyar Building (with their luggage) either July 31st or August 1st between the hours of 9-2 to register. There will be a free shuttle to the dorms for the students and their luggage after they register. There are no more late night or weekend arrivals. Students who do not arrive before 2:30 must find alternative arrangements for the night. The dorm check-in is non-negotiable and not up to the Rothberg International School.

3) Students exempt from the Ulpan:
If your child is not coming to the Ulpan because they have been exempt based on their Hebrew Level, please see the information for newly admitted students on the website for information about when they can move into the dorms and register for the semester as the undergraduate students will be registering for their fall classes during the Ulpan.

All the best,
Admissions Officer
Hebrew University
One Battery Park Plaza, 25th Floor
NY, NY 10004

Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 2:46 PM
Subject: Safe Arrival at Hebrew University

Shalom! If you haven't already heard from your child, I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that the group flight arrived safely and the transfer to the dorms on Mount Scopus went smoothly. After what I hope will be a good night's sleep, students will begin the Ulpan on Thursday. They will also have an orientation where they will meet the staff of the Rothberg International School, get information on health insurance and security recommendations, and get an introduction to the campus and to the extracurricular activities that have been planned for them.

The beginning of the Ulpan is traditionally an emotional one (for students and parents alike), and sometimes students need some time to adjust to their new surroundings. Rest assured that such an adjustment period, should it occur, is generally short-lived.

Best wishes,
Office of Academic Affairs
Rothberg International School
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
One Battery Park Plaza, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Mt Scopus.Hebrew University Campus.Jerusalem Israel

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