Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : April 25, 2012

Do you have friends or family you think should go to Israel? Masa Israel wants to help you get them there (and give you a flight to visit them)!

Here's how:

Email Annie Lascoe, Masa Israel's West Coast Regional Director at with the name, email, and phone number of anyone interested in learning more about Masa programs. For each prospective participant you send Annie, your name will be entered into a raffle for a free round trip flight to Israel.

Only valid entries will be counted.


  • To qualify for the contest, you must be a Masa Israel alum/na from the LA-area or currently living in the LA-area.
  • The prospective participant must between the ages of 18-30 years old, have not previously participated in a Masa Israel program, and know that you are sharing their information.
  • All entries must be directly submitted to

The drawing will be held on Yom Ha'atzmaut, Tuesday, May 6, and the deadline to enter is Monday, May 5. It's really that easy!

Published : April 23, 2012
Sitting in Café B’Gina on Beit Lechem I feel the need to do a review. Fist of all the café is very close to Pardes, located on 74 Derech Beit Lechem it is a 10 minute walk from Pardes.
I first heard of this little small nature loving café from my favorite show Srugim. They go there on multiple occasions in the show and I have always thought it looked adorable. The cafe has the options to sit inside, outside with sun or shade. The chairs are comfortable and the tables are very well spaced so you feel relaxed with your amazing food and good book or friends. Today I am here with my computer and haggadah preparing for Pesach and enjoying some chametz because my kitchen is already Passover ready. The wifi is strong and the waiter is sweet.
After intense studying of the all around amazing menu I went with the Israeli Breakfast. It was eggs, salad, cheeses, fresh roll, sundried tomatoes coffee and fresh orange juice. As it all came out to me I had to push aside my computer to make room for this vibrant fresh looking feast. I would recommend sharing the salads because they are enormous! Everything tasted even better than it looked. I sat for over an hour slowly enjoying it and reading my book. I even ordered a glass of water and it came out less than a minute later.
A variety of people were relaxing in the garden area today. They played fun upbeat background music. One little boy was even moved to get up from his plate of French fries to dance to the music!
I have to say that this is going to be one of my favorite café’s in Israel from this day on. It is a MUST check out in my opinion!
Prices are reasonable but not cheap, expect to spend about 45-60 NIS for a full meal.

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