Zev Forman '03 was one of the former students I [Rebecca Lesses] wanted to make sure
I got together with during my summer visit to Israel (June/July 2006). During his years studying at IC
Zev was very enthusiastic about Israel (see this article Zev
wrote in the Ithacan in January 2003 about a recent visit to Israel). Zev has moved to Israel
and is currently living in Jerusalem, where he is studying at a two-year program to become an Israeli
tour guide. He has just finished working, for the time being, at the Jerusalem restaurant, Tmol Shilshom.
Zev and I got together at Cafe Hillel, on Emek Refaim St. in Jerusalem, one of Jerusalem's trendier
locations, and talked about his life in Jerusalem and hopes for the future. Even though he's still in
the tour guide course, he's already started to guide visitors around the country, including in
Jerusalem and hikes in the countryside; this summer he has been guiding the Ramah Seminar. We talked about the current political
situation (this was before fighting broke out with Hizbollah in mid-July).
He writes in a recent e-mail to Barbara Johnson: "I just hope that for the people of Northern Israel
and the innocent civilians of Lebanon, that all of this comes to an end quickly."