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Hi, my name is Owen and I am spending my gap year at Aish Gesher – a Jewish learning institution located next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel.  I will be exploring the history of both Israel and Judaism, studying ancient Hebrew texts and participating in hiking trips and educational travel throughout Israel.  I also plan on traveling to Europe in February to visit Holocaust and World War II sites.  I am very grateful to the Duke Gap Year Program for providing funding to assist with my gap year and for keeping me in the Duke orbit.