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What main languages are spoken here?:

The main language I heard being spoken at the kibbutz was Hebrew, but given that the kibbutz is home to a multicultural community, I could also hear English and Russian when I walked around. I could see all three languages on the food brands available at the local store, as well as in general announcements posted on bulletin boards across common spaces in the larger kibbutz area. Arabic was also spoken by many of the students in my program. When travelling outside of the kibbutz, signs would be in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.

What type of money is used here?:

In the kibbutz and in the cities I visited, they use Israel’s currency, the Israeli shekel. More or less an equivalent to the American cent is the agora or, if more than one, agorot. 100 agorot makes 1 shekel—similar to the way in which 100 cents makes 1 dollar. 

How much does a bottle of water cost?:

A bottle of water cost around 5 shekels, which would is around 1.50 US dollars.

What was the best meal this week?:

I really enjoyed tasting bourekas for the first time. They were a baked pastry made from either a cheese or potato filling—sprinkled with sesame seeds.