Meet Sara Tarief from Kav HaZinuk

Sarah Tarief is 22, and wastes no time.  Between studying Electrical Engineering at the Technion, and volunteering in the “Latet” organization, she’s in the 2019 Kav Hazinuk course in Western Galilee.  She splits her time between her life in Haifa and her family in Kfar Julis, and is in the “Future in Industry” Scholar’s Program.  Need to stop for a breather?

Sarah, as a veteran participant in Kav Hazinuk, what has the program given you?

Through Kav Hazinuk I learned not to take things for granted, to constantly doubt and ask the questions.  Wanting to leave my comfort zone and try to learn and familiarize with new things has become part of my day.  I learned to look at life from several viewpoints, to be critical but at the same time to understand that it’s always possible to improve, to change, to give even if that’s in the smallest space around us.  At the personal level, I learned to challenge myself, not to fear, and always to believe that I’m capable, which is why I chose my track.  From a hesitant high schooler who deeply feared math and other science based subjects, I became the student at the Technion who’s studying one of the toughest fields there is, and totally enjoying every minute.

Did you learn to dream?

I learned to never stop dreaming!  My dreams together with the tools and values I gained from Kav Hazinuk are with me every day and lead me towards an busy life, a lot of activism, and constant happiness.

Tell us about your social activism beyond the Kav Hazinuk program?

In the framework of studies I’m on a scholarship in the “Future in Industry” program, in which I’m volunteering with the “Latet” organization for the third year running.  My role is coordinator of food collection drives for needy families before Jewish festivals.  I also really want to get a small personal project up and running, which seeks to encourage girls in general, and girls in the Druze community in particular, to enter academia and especially, the sciences.

So what’s your dream for Israeli society?

That it will become more consolidated, united.  As a Druze living in Israel, my mother tongue is Arabic, my younger brother serves in the army, and I live this schism between two worlds daily.  I’d like to get people understanding that it’s possible to be in both, and together we can turn this into a much better place.

In summary, then: who influenced you the most?

A figure who had great influence on me was my high school literature teacher.  She’s the model of a strong Druze woman, independent and very successful.  She challenged me, and the whole class, every time she taught us.  She made us call things into question rather than accept things by how they seem to appear, just like the literary texts.

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