Jonathan, from Germany and Israel, said that while he grew up in both places, he didn’t feel that he belonged in either. At GHIS, he could connect to people who felt like him–between worlds–and that gave him a sense of belonging.

Now and next steps: Jonathan is currently in the IDF, but he’s already thinking ahead to what comes next. This thinker hopes to attend a good university–for a long time–because he wants to get a PhD and eventually become a professor. He’s still thinking about the field, but his interest in philosophy and politics will certainly guide his decisions. 

The people at GHIS: At GHIS, Jonathan was pleased to have “interacted with so many types of people. Through them I learned about the world and how people experience it, about different cultures and how they communicate with each other, and even the tensions between them.” With all that learning from each other, it’s no surprise that he says his friendships at GHIS were intense. 

Reason for attending GHIS: He was unhappy at his school in Germany, so he looked for something international where he could delve into his studies, explore a range of topics, and meet new people. It’s a decision he’s glad he made!

Summing up 2 years at GHIS: Jonathan says that while it could be difficult to live far from home in a boarding school and to meet the rigors of his classes, it was an experience he was happy he had. In fact, he “recommends it to anyone: for them to experience and understand people’s differing views on life.”

David Zehavi

Hebrew Literature

David joined GHIS because he was looking for the right educational establishment to develop personally and professionally. As soon as he heard about GHIS, he realized that it suits his values.

“As someone who has always been committed to coexistence in Israel, I see GHIS as a great vehicle to bring young people together in an accepting and non-prejudicial way.”

As well as being a teacher, David is also trained in special needs education at all school levels.

David holds a joint Honors B.Ed.  in Special Education ages 6 to 21, and BA in Literature at Oranim College