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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... read on

  • 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... read on

  • 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... read on

  • 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.... read on

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  • The JDRC arrives Alabama

    By Elie Lowenfeld, Jewish Disaster Response Corps

    May 2, 2011 | 10:00 pm

    This morning we went to Pleasant Grove, Alabama, a town outside of Birmingham that was devastated by the recent tornadoes.

    There are no words to describe what we saw.

    As far as we could see in every direction there was devastation and destruction.  Houses destroyed, trees down,... read on

  • Discovering Life Lessons in Ancient Texts

    By Masa Israel Journey

    April 28, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    by Louis Sachs, student at Masa Israel’s Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

    I have spent the past nine months, living in Jerusalem and absorbed in the history of the Jewish people. Through Masa Israel Journey, I am a student at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where I engage... read on

  • 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... read on

  • Reactions to the Jerusalem bombing

    Merav Ceren, Masa Israel Journey Participant

    March 25, 2011 | 1:14 am

    We heard the news over the radio at my office in the West Bank. The initial reports were more detailed in Hebrew, but more confusing for it – a suicide attack in Jerusalem turned out to be an unattended bomb outside a bus stop across the street from the Central Bus Station. Two... read on

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