Raised in Ness Ziona, Israel, Noya Dolev and her family moved to Washington when she was 12. Today, Noya studies Industrial Design at the University of Washington, where she is also an IAC Mishelanu Fellow. Noya shared what she loves most about being Israeli American and her favorite Israeli food.
Why did you decide to become a Mishelanu Fellow?
My Israeli identity is really important to me. When we relocated to Washington, my family members were the only Israelis in our new city. So, when I moved to Seattle for college, I met many Israelis and suddenly felt like I’d found a home away from home. Mishelanu gives me a place to share my love of Israel on campus. I also love attending Mishelanu conferences and retreats and meeting other Israeli-American students from all over the country.
What do you love most about being Israeli American?
I love that it makes me unique. I have knowledge about Israel and Judaism that the majority of people don’t have. I also enjoy knowing another language.
What's your favorite spot in Israel?
The Kotel. Every time I visit, I feel so emotional and happy to be there.
What's the most delicious Israeli food?
Shawarma. I don’t care whether it’s in a laffa or a pita. Either way, it’s amazing.
What are a few things that surprise people about Israel?
People are often surprised that so much of the world’s technology comes from Israel. They also think that Israel is unsafe. They don’t realize that people live and enjoy their lives the same way that we do here.
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