The Med-Connections program was both a fun and informative trip rolled into one week long program! During the trip I had the opportunity to tour world-class facilities such as NIH and The Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. I had the opportunity of meeting Jewish medical professionals who are highly renowned in their respective fields in both research and trauma. Rabbi Schwartz is a seasoned and down to earth rabbi who is able to provide both an unparalleled array of speakers who lead discussions concerning Jewish Medical Ethics, Biblical learning, and much more. During the trip we stayed with welcoming host families and met other Jewish professionals in the Greater Baltimore community. I personally found the experience very enlightening both in Medical Ethics and Jewish learning, which I will continue to learn about during my future career as a physician and my goal of personal self-fulfillment."
University of Missouri
I have to say that my weeklong Med-Connections trip was exceptional in all regards. The connections that I made with doctors were valuable, and would like to use during the summer for shadowing. We heard talks from various business experts and Rabbis filled with juicy ideas that we could apply to our lives. I also made some lasting friendships with a good group of guys. This is a weeklong opportunity filled with worthwhile experiences.
University of Maryland
The Jewish Experience Pre-med week in Baltimore was an incredible experience and I highly recommend to anyone who is considering the medical field. I went on the program with my brother and friend but did not know anyone else. At first it was a bit awkward meeting everyone, but as the days passed we all came closer together. At the end of the week, I could confidently say that all the guys on the trip were my good friends. From the Maryland shock trauma center, Baltimore City police ride along, to the NIH and everything in the middle it was an amazing experience. What I enjoyed the most was the little things throughout the trip that just sparked laughter and good talks throughout the gang. I would definitely do this program again!!!
St Louis University
My experience on Jewish Experience Week (J.E.W) was unlike any other organized trip I’ve been on. Just information that was made available. I made a decision on this trip to actualize on some goals in my Jewish practice.
The experiences of the week were amazing, I made new friends, and reconnected with old ones. The Star-K meeting was hilarious; something dry turned into an amazing and entertaining meeting. Laser tag was great even though I lost twice. I must say, congratulations to you on organizing such a successful and inspirational week of adventure and discovery. I know we will keep in touch.
I think one of the most inspiring elements of the program was the concept of community. Many of the participants surely were pondering what Jewish community means, and what it means to be a part of that community. Community is one of the most import aspects of Judaism, and is one of the key elements to our survival across time and continents. This also provides an opportunity to learn about our heritage, language, and homeland. Obviously, as Rabbi Frand mentioned, Torah is one of the things that connected the various otherwise disconnected Jewish communities together. I know that none of this would have been possible without the incredible hospitality and loving-kindness of all of our host families. Thank you again for the trip Rabbi, it was incredible!
Jinternship Medical program was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I made lifelong friends, learned about my culture, and worked with amazing people. The program director Rabbi Zvi Schwartz organized and provided everyone in the program with a tailored and absolutely amazing internship and awesome study partners at ner Israel and the various Shuls we visited. On shabbos we went to the homes of the most welcoming people I ever met and had many great conversations about life, religion, politics, and what it means to be Jewish. I always felt that I had lost out a great deal in my life for not being more connected with my fellow Jewish brothers and this program truly allowed me to experience the community that I was missing.
Long Island University
I didn't know what to expect from Jinternship. I had originally intended on spending the summer in Israel doing a medical ethics program but when that program failed to come to fruition, I was referred to Jinternship. When I saw that Jinternship had positions for the summer at Johns Hopkins the academic part of me was very excited. But then I saw that there was Jewish learning as part of the curriculum and I was a bit hesitant, but I still couldn't pass up the opportunity to have Hopkins on my resume.
I was very pleased with my internship at Hopkins, but it was the Jewish learning that really made my summer. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with so many interesting Jewish community members. At first I really only enjoyed meeting people that were in the medical field, but at some point in the summer that changed and I started to really enjoy everyone. I certainly feel more connected to my Judaism as a result of this summer.
I also loved being with a host family and living within a Jewish community. A community that truly exemplifies the meaning of community in every aspect. For quite some time I've been searching for the cohesiveness and camaraderie among a group of people and I definitely found that in Park Heights.
Campbell University of North Carolina
Thank you again for all of your time and effort in organizing such an amazing program.
The jInternship Medical program was an amazing opportunity that allowed me to grow both spiritually and professionally as a Jew. Since the moment I arrived to Baltimore, I was welcomed with open arms and felt an immediate connection to the community. People opened their houses to us and while sharing their life experience, enlightened us with teachings of the Torah. It was truly gratifying to meet people from different paths of life and hear how Judaism impacted their professional and family life. The majority of the people that participated in the program didn’t come from an orthodox background, so I though Rabbi Schwartz did an exceptional job in maintaining the program’s agenda relevant and motivating to our group. Overall, jInternship was an unforgettable experience that altered my paradigm on the role the Torah plays on a Jew’s professional and spiritual life.
University of Florida
This summer, I have been fortunate enough to participate in the Jinternship Baltimore 2016 and had an incredible and inspiring summer. During this internship I shadowed Dr. Sandy Fang, a colorectal surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At my time there I learned many different medical terminologies, met incredible doctors, and was able to shadow in many different surgeries. My time at Johns Hopkins was inspiring and has reaffirmed my dream to one day become a doctor.
Yet, what makes this program unique and different from any other medical internship is that the program helped me grow religiously. From twice a week learning sessions, and various shabbatons I learned so much about Judaism. Religiously, I have grown and learned so much about who I want to be and how I want to raise my future Jewish family. This program also showed me that it is possible to be an orthodox Jew and a leader in the community. I cannot thank this program enough for this summer and would highly recommend every Jewish college student apply to Jinternship.
University of Maryland
I spent 8 weeks in Baltimore this summer in the Jinternship Medical program. The program was amazing and I really enjoyed the whole thing. I loved spending time with the jewish community and learning more about the culture. Rabbi Schwartz was an amazing person to meet and made the whole 8 weeks amazing. I had a lot of fun and hope to return one day
- Jared Hinson
St Michael's College of Vermont