Claire's Journey to Israel

Current Location

Bethlehem, West Bank, Israel-Palestine

Hello! My name is Claire Messina and I am studying Hebrew, Arabic and international relations at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. I am excited to share my journey with you all!


Jerusalem has a lot of great places to eat at and adventure to. Slowly I have been making my way to new areas of the city to visit! I have eaten a lot of good food and seen a lot of beautiful things! 


There are a lot of environmental problems and issues to face and discuss here in Israel, and they all come with a complex and intense background. It's been very different from my studies back home! 

Field Notes

I recently had the opportunity to attend a conference about the intersection of religion and ecology and the environment. It opened my eyes to the effects religion can have on the environment!


I visited Avner Ashkenazy, my Citi Local Host, last week in Tel Aviv! I had a fabulous time learning about him and his global career while also learning about Citigroup and touring their offices.