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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 Academy, an Orthodox day school, Judaism was a central part of my life, though meticulous religious observance was not. I did not like... read on

  • 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... read on

  • 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... read on

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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 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... read on

  • 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 learned while a student at Midreshet Harova, a Masa Israel-accredited seminary in the Old City of Jerusalem.

    Coming from LA,... read on

  • 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 remained with me during the last two years.

    Four weeks after graduating from the University of Southern California, I was on an El... read on

  • 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... read on

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