Posted by Maya
On our fifth day in Israel, we met Noga Yanai. Noga is our tour guide Itzik’s ten year old daughter and she came up to K’far Blum with us, the Katzs and her father. Noga is Israeli- she has lived in Israel for almost her entire life. However, she spent her toddler years living in New York, so she speaks English very well. Almost better than I do. On the bus up north, we started talking. It surprised me how much she is like a ten year old American girl. She is in fifth grade in a public school, goes to summer camp, and listens to Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift. Noga told us that her family doesn’t have a T.V. at home, but when she goes to her grandparent’s house, she watches Disney Channel. Of course, there are a few distinct differences- she speaks Hebrew at school and most of the time at home, and her family is moving to a Kibbutz, although they won’t be members of it.
I found this to be true with many of the other Israeli kids we met. Amitai Roseshine, also ten, loves to play sports, especially soccer and gymnastics, and he watches American t.v, like iCarly. He seems like every boy that had been in my fifth grade class.
Yasmin Zetland, the grandchild of my parent’s good friends Frannie and Danny Zetland, is only three, but she already seems like an American kid. She doesn’t speak English, but she does understand it. Yasmin loves princesses and horses, and only wears dresses and skirts. If that doesn’t sound like an American three year old, what does?
I guess that this isn’t so shocking- Israel is a very western country. I’m excited to see though, if kids are the same (or similar) in countries like China and Argentina. I am kind of hoping that they won’t be. It’s good to have a distinct culture. But, it is very fun for us if they are similar, because then we can identify with each other. We’ll just have to wait and see!