Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : September 01, 2010
By Arielle Miller, Teach and Study Program (TASP), Los Angeles
 
After graduating from UC Berkeley and traveling to Israel with Birthright Israel, I knew that while I needed more time in Israel, I also needed to start developing my career.   On the Masa Israel Journey-accredited Teach and Study Program (TASP), I not only earned a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and gained competitive skills for the job market, but I also became a contributing member of Israeli society. I stayed in Israel after the program ended and today I work at an educational publishing house in Israel.
 
Though my father is Israeli, I did not grow up speaking Hebrew and I first arrived in Israel as a tourist. Upon returning to the...
Published : September 01, 2010
 
By Gabi Gordon, Chicago, IL, Nativ
 
Having been raised in a Conservative home in Chicago, Judaism was always a part of my life.  I attended Solomon Schechter for elementary school and then got involved in USY.  While a Junior in high school, I took part in the Alexander Muss semester program in Israel.  It was then that I decided I needed to return for another extended period of time.
 
My chance to do so came soon enough.  After graduation, I enrolled in Masa Israel’s Nativ, the Conservative movement’s gap year program in Israel.  During that year, I had the opportunity to get to know the areas where I lived.  While taking courses in Arabic, Jewish studies and Hebrew at ...

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