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  • The true value of Birthright Israel

    2 weeks ago

    Sitting in a circle in coastal northern Israel, listening to a group of 46 American and Israeli Jews share their coming-out stories — stories of anxiety and relief, shame and pride, heartbreak and celebration — I realized that this trip was going to be different. 

    It was my...

  • Masa screening and the shooting in Eilat

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 7, 2012 | 8:03 am

    It is yet another holiday eve – the last one of this season – so time is short. But I still want to make three brief comments about an event that took place last week: the shooting of a hotel worker in Eilat by an American participant of the Masa Israel Journey  program (the...

  • Leaving a Career in Television for Israel

    Joseph Shamash, student at Masa Israel’s Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

    May 7, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    Born to immigrant parents from Iran, I spent my early childhood in Dallas before my family decided to relocate to Los Angeles. As a student at Hillel Academy, an Orthodox day school, Judaism was a central part of my life, though meticulous religious observance was not. I did not like...

  • Reflections from a Year in Tel Aviv

    by Michelle Gorback, Masa Israel's Oranim Tel Aviv Internship Experience alumna

    April 16, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    I am sitting on a bench in Jaffa, overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean to the west and the Tel Aviv skyline stretching to the north. The oppressive heat of summer has finally relented, and a cool breeze sweeps across. My stomach is too full from the large shawarma sandwich I have...

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  • A Kibbutz State of Mind

    Shoshana Rosen, Masa Israel's Kibbutz Ulpan alumna

    January 26, 2012 | 7:56 am

    Do me a favor. Take a quick trip with me. Our first stop is a lively bus station with people talking loudly and grazing your shoulder as they pass.  Breathe in the smell of exhaust and fresh fruit. Feel the sweat trickling down the small of your back. It’s 90 degrees outside and...

  • Teaching English Underground: My Gap Year in Southern Israel

    Michal Shany, alumna of a Masa Israel gap year program

    December 6, 2011 | 7:52 am

    “Your classroom is just down these stairs,” the principal of Amereem Elementary School in Be’er Sheva, Israel told me. I smiled and briskly walked downstairs. The time it took me to reach the final step was well coordinated with how long it took me to translate the sign posted...

  • Achieving Progress Through Friendship: An Experience of a Lifetime at Tel Aviv University

    Daniel Dokhanian, alumnus of the Masa Israel-accredited Tel Aviv University

    November 9, 2011 | 10:32 am

    “Do not go where the path may lead.
    Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Jewish day school. Jewish high school. Jewish summer camp. Jewish family. Jewish friends. Jewish student groups in college. Jewish Studies 10. Jewish fraternity. It...

  • No Such Thing as a Regular Routine: My Experience at Hebrew University

    Leeor Brahms, alumna of the Masa Israel-accredited Hebrew University of Jerusalem's International School

    November 1, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Eight months is a very long time to be away from home, and it seems even longer when you’re in country like Israel. Most of what I remember are mere flashes of images or sounds shuffled together like the Mizrachit music on my ipod. Like many students studying abroad at the Masa...

  • Striving for a New Israel Education

    by Mike Schwartz, alumnus of Masa Israel's Young Judaea Year Course and Hebrew University of Jerusalem's International School

    October 17, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    Like most American Jews of my generation, my first encounters with Israel were cultural. I saw pictures of people reading the newspaper while floating in the Dead Sea. I wrote notes to be placed in the Western Wall. I ate hummus and falafel at Israeli Independence Day parties. My...

  • 24 Hours in Tel Aviv

    Sharona Rosen, alumna of Masa Israel's Young Judaea Year Course

    September 20, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    It is the 3rd of April around 10 P.M. and the city of Tel Aviv is more alive than ever. People are walking the streets, laughing and talking. Then suddenly a siren sounds, and the city freezes. It is Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of...

  • Standing Up for Women’s Rights in Israel

    By Masa Israel Journey

    May 12, 2011 | 10:55 am

    by Ravid Tilles, student at Masa Israel’s Schechter Rabbinical Seminary Overseas program

    On Rosh Hodesh, the first day of the month of the Jewish calendar, brave women, known as the Women of the Wall, enter the female section of the Kotel praying area and conduct a morning service....

  • Bringing Joy to Families Touched by Pain: Volunteering with Terror Victims in Israel

    By Masa Israel Journey

    March 31, 2011 | 11:54 am

    by Chaya Cunin, participant in Masa Israel’s Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim

    Throughout the world and in Israel, terror is a horrific reality. Fortunately, being in Israel this year on a Masa Israel program has presented me with many opportunities to think, speak and most...

  • A Brief Encounter: Finding My Grandfather in Israel

    By Masa Israel Journey

    March 17, 2011 | 10:59 am

    by Matthew Eisenberg, participant in Masa Israel’s Oranim Internship Experience

    How do I explain in words who my grandfather was and what he meant to me?  I guess if you took all that is right in the world and mixed it with the biggest heart, you would have my grandfather.  I...

  • The Machlis Experience: Learning the True Meaning of Hospitality

    By Masa Israel Journey

    March 11, 2011 | 8:34 am

    by Gabriella Davidson, alumna of Masa Israel’s Bar Ilan Israel Experience

    It was a Friday night and I was sitting in a home in Jerusalem surrounded by over two hundred different kinds of people.  There were seminary girls, Asian men, hippies, black hatters, Christians, Israelis,...

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