Hebrew U. scholarship student joins Jerusalem tent protesters

Sharon Ehrlich at the annual Hebrew University convocationSharon Ehrlich, 25, from Ramat Gan, is studying political science and Latin American studies at the Hebrew University. Ehrlich strongly identifies with the tent protests that have swept through Israel in the past weeks and has temporarily left the rented apartment in French Hill, adjacent to the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, which she shares with two roommates to join the protesters’ campsite in downtown Jerusalem. Despite the almost-festive atmosphere at nights, she is up every morning and makes her way to work.

In an interview on Israel’s Channel 2 evening news, Ehrlich described how she makes ends meet thanks to scholarships and her work at the Hebrew University. Ehrlich is the recipient of an Impact scholarship for former combat soldiers from the Friends of the IDF in return for which she does requisite voluntary work with the elderly, and of a Dean’s Prize scholarship. She works part-time in the University’s Division for Development and Public Relations and hopes to pursue a career in public relations.  

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English transcript of interview with Sharon:

[1:52, Sharon] To the bathroom.

[1:55] Every morning Sharon brushes her teeth in the public bathrooms. After a slight attempt at improving her appearance in front of the mirror, she makes sure to lock up carefully.

[2:05, Sharon]: I left a sleeping bag and some equipment. If anybody breaks in, you know — just keep an eye out.

[2:10]: And she makes her way to work at the [Hebrew] University where she's been studying for the last three years

[2:14, Sharon] I have two jobs and a scholarship; I don’t have a lot of financial backing from my family. And it's hard to make ends meet. I'm between an overdraft and a very small ‘plus’. I couldn’t just ignore what’s going on. I came. I came with my sleeping bag and hopped into a tent. It’s tiring, I won't say otherwise, but I hope to keep going for as long as possible.

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