Evan Brown ’08 spent 10 days experiencing as much as he could of Israel at the beginning of the summer, from floating in the Dead Sea and standing atop Mount Masada, to praying at the Western wall and dipping in the Mediterranean.
Brown traveled through Israel with the Taglit-Birthright Israel Program, a program that provides first-time, peer group educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults; the founders created the program in order to reduce the growing divide between Israel and Jewish communities around the world.
“I had always wanted to go to Israel, ever since I was in Hebrew school in the third grade,” Brown said. “After watching many of my friends at both HWS and other schools, I knew I was going to go eventually and finally I was able to fit it in my schedule.”
Although he saw many cities and sites, Brown recalls Jerusalem as his favorite place. “Jerusalem was very meaningful because I’ve spent my entire Jewish life talking about it,” he explained. “It is such a spiritual and historical place, and the biblical stories that discuss Jerusalem seemed to come alive when I was there.”
At HWS, Brown was highly involved with Hillel, serving as treasurer for his first two years and president for his final two years. In May of 2006, he traveled to Poland for the March of Remembrance and Hope. In his senior year, he was the house manager for the Abbe Center for Jewish Life. While at HWS, Brown studied geoscience and environmental studies and spent a semester studying abroad in Australia and New Zealand. Brown was also involved with Project Eye-to-Eye. His future plans include working in the environmental consulting industry and eventually attending graduate school for a degree in environmental management.