Sophie Samuels, NY, Barnard and Kayla Ka

"Rimon has given me an amazing opportunity to foster new friendships. The students on this program are all growth-oriented, academically and religiously, and are always looking to have a great time as well. The community that has been created on this program is remarkable and unbreakable."

— Jacob Korman, Yeshiva University

"The community and social life back at my home university completely shut down. Even a few months after the pandemic hit, activities and classes still did not resume as usual, which has taken a toll on my overall university experience and social life. Being in Israel with Rimon has allowed me to rebuild the social connections and community that I have been longing for for the past few months. The opportunities in Israel are endless, and it’s inspiring to be with a group of students who are willing to challenge themselves, grow, learn, and lead during such an unprecedented time. Everyone here leads with passion and purpose. There is never a job or idea that is deemed impossible with a group of active and passionate students like those on Rimon, which is definitely a mindset I hope to implement back at my campus."

— Lexi Shafa, UCLA

"A semester of online courses and life off-campus seems like a recipe for loneliness and boredom. As much as I love my hometown (ask anyone, they know I think Philly is the best), I wasn't looking forward to spending the semester there alone. Instead, Rimon provided me with the opportunity not just to spend my semester in Israel, but to spend it with old and new friends. Zooming into a seminar sitting next to my friends from school who are taking the same course tangibly enhances the community in the virtual classroom. And even with my friends who are in other universities, working together on problem sets and papers simulates (and even intensifies) the same feeling I had on my own college campus.”

— Daniel Meadvin, Columbia University

— Jacob Korman, Yeshiva University

"What makes my semester so different and so amazing being in Israel as opposed to America, is being able to go to different places all over Israel and not only being in one place. In Israel, it’s so easy to get everywhere, and I have an opportunity to explore the whole country. Some things that have made this semester so amazing and exciting: being here for chagim and experiencing all of Israel celebrate the chagim together, having the opportunity to daven at the kotel, seeing family in Israel, and still being able to graduate from my American university."

— Ilana Hafner, Barnard College

Jake Bzowsky NY Priencton Uni Katie Irel

"If you would’ve heard Carlie’s voice message from this past Shabbos, you would’ve had a smile from ear to ear like we had. She said it was the best Shabbos of her life and the excitement in her voice made us actually believe her. She loved all the shiurim, your wife’s cooking, and she really appreciated all the effort you put into making Shabbos so special for all of them. We want to thank you for all your hard work and effort you made for this amazing Rimon Fellows program. It should not go unnoticed how organized and professional this program has been running and what attention to detail you achieved to insure that these kids had the time of their lives!! Carlie had so many memorable experiences these past few months, and we thank you for making that happen for her!! You definitely made lemonade out of lemons!!"

— Daniel Meadvin, Columbia University

— Mother of Carlie Frucher, Stern College

“I am so grateful to you and your wonderful staff for providing an outstanding program.

Sarah is having a marvelous time. She is happy, learning, growing and safe! What more can we ask for. I actually am hoping that you can extend the program for those who are interested!”

— Lexi Shafa, UCLA

— Mother of Sarah Bolnick, Harvard University