November 10, 2017

The Journey of Moreh Ido

Danielle Hodes ‘20


Since obtaining his B.A. at Hebrew University, Moreh Ido Naor has traveled 5,756 miles to the life he never envisioned living.
Naor embarked on his lengthy journey to Golda Och Academy when he first met his wife in Israel. Four years ago, Naor and his wife moved to America, allowing his wife to be closer to her family. Since then, Naor has had two children and developed a stable life.
Upon moving to America, Moreh Ido has faced some unexpected challenges adapting to society. The most apparent culture shock for him was the strikingly different behaviors between Americans and Israelis.
Naor has come to realize that Americans appear to be more polite, but he feels more at ease with Israelis and their outgoing disposition. Making new friends in America has become a challenge with which Naor has been learning to cope.
“This is a little personal,” he said, “but I just find that Americans are not as [outgoing] and it’s been harder to make friends here.”
Naor ‘s impeccable English speaking skills have greatly aided him in transitioning to the American lifestyle. He was taught English at the day school he attended in Haifa. Watching movies and listening to music had also vastly improved his dialect. He utilized this method of practice to enhance his Spanish and German, as well.
“I used to memorize English song lyrics without even knowing what they meant,” Naor said.  
Despite his love for languages, Naor did not intend on becoming a Hebrew teacher. He was never an exceptional student, but always loved the atmosphere throughout school. Participating in drama clubs and spending time with friends made school a more pleasant escape. It was only after serving in the army that Naor realized he wanted to pursue teaching.
After graduating from Hebrew University, Naor’s studies in education continued at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev where he studied Biblical Studies and ancient languages. During his first few years as a teacher in Israel, he specialized in teaching Tanach and Rabbinics. After moving to America, Naor diverted his focus on becoming a Hebrew teacher and worked in New York for a few years, but the lengthy commute led to his search for a more local workplace. He had been familiar with GOA and decided to transition, which he said has been a success, thus far – a sentiment with which his students agree.
“He’s a really personable teacher,” junior Nina Robins said. “His class is really interesting and not at all boring. We have a lot of exciting conversations in Hebrew while sitting in a semicircle.”
Sophomore Tamar Bitran agreed with Robins.
“Moreh Ido is really funny and has a lot of charisma,” she said.
Naor believes he made the right choice in coming to America and deciding to join GOA, but noted he intends to move back to Israel sometime in the future. He deeply misses his family and friends from home.
“It’s been complicated trying to keep in touch with everyone from home, especially with the time differences,” he said. “I don’t want to be like those Israelis who say that they will return to Israel but then never do. I really hope I can go back.”

Future plans aside, Moreh Ido has been leaving a lasting impression on his students since the first day of the school year. While he remains a part of the GOA community, his students are lucky to have this fresh face at the front of their classrooms.

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