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Posted February 10, 2012
By Billie Hirsch, OTZMA    Shalom from Haifa! My name is Billie Hirsch, and I am a participant of OTZMA, a ten-month leadership development and volunteer-oriented program sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America as well as CJP.   Since late August of last year, I have been awarded the bragging rights of calling Israel my current home. Although I can never expunge or replace the memories of my past four years...
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Posted February 06, 2012
  By Rebecca Crystal, Dance Journey   Exactly a year ago, I arrived in Israel and began a journey....the Masa Dance Journey to study with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel.  Here, I became inspired in unthinkable ways and worked harder than ever before. Keeping this journey and the people I met in mind as I continue along, in dance and in life.   I distinctly remember panicking as the cabin doors closed...
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Posted February 06, 2012
  By Becca Feldman, Huntingdon Valley, PA, Young Judaea Year Course   The question is always asked:  what is there to do in Arad?  Truthfully, Arad is a small town with a limited amount of activities but a lot of spirit and opportunity. A few weeks ago my friends and I decided we wanted to go on a hike to the Dead Sea. We met with Eli, the coordinator of Arad for Year Course, and received a map. Then on Friday morning...
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Posted February 04, 2012
By Sarah Samole, Midreshet Harova   Many people visit Israel and often return home with the notion that they will one day return to this beautiful country again—as tourists.   As such, I considered ditching the “year in Israel” plan in favour of starting university, but I was steered forward by the unusual (and accidental) deferral of admission I received from my specialized university program coupled with...
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