Raised in Kibbutz Gesher Haziv in northern Israel, Meital Machulsky and her family moved to California three years ago. Today, Meital studies economics and international relations at UC Davis, and is also an IAC Mishelanu Fellow. Meital shared with us her favorite beach in Israel, what she says surprises people most about Israel, and more!
Why did you decide to become an IAC Mishelanu Fellow?
When I came to campus, I knew that I wanted to get involved in something that reminded me of my Israeli identity and felt familiar. Mishelanu has given me a little family on campus and a home away from home. Now, as a Mishelanu Fellow, I get to plan events that celebrate Israeli culture while connecting with people who have similar interests.
What do you love most about being an Israeli in the US?
I love having my hands in both cultures, understanding different points of view, and sharing Israel with my new friends.
What's your favorite spot in Israel?
Achziv, the beach near my home. It’s a five-minute walk from where I grew up, and it’s very natural — not urbanized at all -- with the most beautiful sunsets. I love hanging out there with my family and friends.
What's the most delicious Israeli food?
I love Aroma iced coffee, krembo, and all Israeli street food.
What are a few things that surprise people about Israel?
People are surprised to learn that Israel has so many cultural and historical landmarks that truly make it a unique melting pot.
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