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A  Year  In  Israel   A  psychological  journey  of  discovery.       Kenneth  Sinensky      

  Photo  Credit:  Kenneth  Sinensky    


Table  of  Contents  

1: Ethnicity

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2: Nationality

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3: Adolescence

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4: Quotes

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5: Map

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6: Final thoughts

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Ethnicity   “In  essence,  an  ethnic  group  is  a  named  social   category  of  people  based  on  perceptions  of  shared   social  experience  or  ancestry.”     (Bailey,  Garick,  An  Humanity:  Introduction  to  Cultural   Anthropology  pp.  389)              

     

 

 

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Ethnicity     The  biggest  way  I  connected  to  my  ethnicity  while   I  was  in  the  Middle  East  was  through  music.  I   listened  to  a  lot  of  music  that  can  be  easily   identified  as  “American  music”.  A  lot  of  this  music   pertained  to  things  I  felt  I  connected  to  (and  still   do).  Music  really  helped  me  connect  to  things  that   I  felt  disconnected  from  6,000  miles  away  from   home.  I  found  it  very  difficult  to  connect  to  the   Israeli  culture  and  way  of  life  and  therefore   needed  something  American  to  connect  with  and   refer  to.                              

 

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Ethnicity      

 

 

These  are  pictures,  logo  and  album  covers  from   some  of  my  favorite  artists.  These  include:  Phish,   Grateful  Dead,  Pink  Floyd,  Bob  Dylan  and  Neil   Young      

 

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Nationality  

 

“The  nation  is  conceived  as  a  deep,  horizontal   comradeship.  Ultimately,  it  is  this  fraternity  that   makes  it  possible,  over  the  past  two  centuries  for   so  many  millions  of  people,  not  so  much  to  kill,  as   willing  to  die  for  such  limited  imaginings.”   (Benedict  Anderson,  Imagined  Communities,   pp.  6)    

 

     

 

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Nationality    

I  would  love  to  record  all  the  ways  in  which  I   began  to  connect  to  this  new  nation  and  how  I   overcame  my  sense  of  American  nationality,  but  I   did  that  I  would  be  lying.  The  truth  is,  I  never   really  found  a  balance  and  never  related  to  the   strong  sense  of  Israeli  pride  that  many  of  my   friends  did.  I  would  love  to  tell  you  that  I  went  to   Tel-­‐Aviva  and  fully  embraced  Israeli  culture,  but  I   didn’t.  I  stayed  in  my  homogeneous  bubble  of   American  friends  and  institutions,  I  was  never   able  to  appreciate  or  embrace  Israeli  culture  and   nationalism.  If  I  were  to  pinpoint  one  thing  I  did   connect  to  it  would  be  the  nature  in  Israel.  I   enjoyed  hiking  and  experiencing  the  different   terrains  that  Israel  offers.    

 

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Nationality

There  are  pictures  from  my  personal  albums  that   were  taken  from  hikes  all  over  Israel.  These  all   show  different  hikes  from  different  parts  of  Israel.    

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Adolescence   According  to  Erik  Erikson  adolescents  are   concerned  with  who  they  are  and  how  they  are   represented  to  others.  This  is  the  stage  where  one   begins  to  think  about  and  establish  their  identity.   Erikson  uses  the  term  “identity  crisis”  to  describe   what  an  adolescent  goes  through.     (Gross,  1987,  Introducing  Erik  Erikson:  An   Invitation  to  His  Thinking,  pg.  39)          

   

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Adolescence    

During  my  time  in  Israel  I  spent  hours  reading,   writing  and  just  thinking  about  who  I  am,  what   things  define  me,  and  who  I  can  be.  One  of  the   most  important  things  that  really  enabled  me  to   find  myself  was  writing  in  my  notebook.  I  would   spend  a  lot  of  time  at  night,  sitting  in  my  bed,   writing  in  my  notebook  by  the  lamplight.  I  could   write  just  about  anything.  But  those  journal   entries  weren’t  things  that  were  important  for  me   at  that  time.  I  often  look  back  at  them  to  see  how   much  I’ve  grown  and  how  I  got  the  where  I  am   now.                                

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Adolescence            

 

   

When  going  abroad  or  facing  new  experiences  I   find  it  important  to  write  in  a  journal  so  that  one   has  the  opportunity  to  look  back  and  reflect  on   their  experiences.  These  are  a  few  pages  from  my   personal  Israel  journal.      

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Quotes   These  are  some  of  my  favorite  quotes  that  I   discovered  last  year.  Some  are  from  famous  people   and  others  are  simply  from  friends.      

   

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The  “A”  shows  the  area  in  which  I  lived.  This  area   is  called  Beit  Shemesh.    It’s  an  American   community  filled  with  people  who  have  moved  to   Israel  from  America.  This  is  referred  to  in  Hebrew   as  “aliyah”.    

 

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Final  Thoughts   In  the  end  this  yearlong  Israel  experience  was  one   that  I  will  never  forget.  As  I  have  portrayed  in  this   Zine  it  was  filled  with  things  such  as  identification,   self-­‐reflection  and  belonging.  Going  out  on  one’s   own  to  new  places  and  nations  is  the  type  of   experience  that  one  should  not  want  to  miss  out   on.  It  is  a  time  for  real  self-­‐discovery  and   exploration.  You  get  the  opportunity  to  go  to   places  you  would  not  have  otherwise  and  connect   with  people  you  never  thought  you  would  be  able   to.                            

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A Year In Israel