Trip to Israel Provides Close-Up View of History
Byline: Ann Winzenburg
Few students have ever attended class in an army tank.
Naperville Central High School junior Nimrod Sharon is attending classes not only in tanks, but also in caves, on beaches and on the back of a camel.
Sharon left on Dec. 2 to travel to a school in Israel to learn about the history and culture of the country.
"Israel becomes a living classroom," said Lori Neiberg, director of admissions at Alexander Muss High School, the school where Sharon is studying.
The school's curriculum covers history from 4,000 years ago to the present. This is only one reason why Sharon wanted to attend.
"I've always known that Israel is a holy place, but I've never been there just to learn about it," Sharon said before he left on his adventure.
Sharon has visited Israel before and is aware of many aspects of his heritage. His parents grew up in the country, and he was born there.
At home, he speaks Hebrew to both his parents and his relatives visiting from Israel. Even though he is familiar with the country, his experiences have inspired him to learn even more about Israel.
While absorbing the country's history, Sharon also is traveling with friends from his synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville.
"I'm nervous that they might have culture shock," Sharon said. "I want to make them feel as comfortable and as close to the country as possible. …