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Eli Chanoff

Eli is passionate about health care and epidemiology. He volunteers in a first grade classroom, with the San Francisco food bank, and with a medical research foundation. He hopes to gain experience with health care NGOs and learn how to live a life of service.

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Only Jew For Miles

March 5, 2014

“Come, Eli, we schhk the xar now,” my host brother said, sliding a finger across his throat at the schhk sound. We communicate quite effectively through a combination of English, French, Wolof and hand motions. Xar (the ‘x’ is pronounced like the ‘ch’ in Channuka) is the Wolof word for sheep, and it has been one of the words I’ve used most often...

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On Being Helpless

March 5, 2014

My first night living in the small Senegalese town of Pire Goureye I wandered through the sandy streets for several hours with my brothers acting as tour guides. They showed me the market which, closed for the day, was a series of empty stalls erected from tree branches, plywood and corrugated tin. We visited my...

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