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  • 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... More.

  • 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... More.

  • 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. ... More.

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  • 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... More.

  • Putting My Learning Into Practice: Tikkun Olam in Jerusalem

    by Michal Meyers, alumna of Masa Israel’s Midreshet Harova

    November 23, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    We learned from the wee hours of the morning until late at night, but Torah study is incomplete without chessed, or acts of kindness. This was a lesson I... More.

  • Healing Hearts in Tel Aviv: How One California Woman Spent Her Post-Grad Months

    by Ashley Berns, alumna of Masa Israel's Oranim Tel Aviv Internship Experience

    November 16, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    “Ashley, if you weren’t here with me today I would have spent the day in the shower, crying.” These words, uttered through tears of relief, have... More.

  • 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... More.

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