Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : April 18, 2012
By Sarah Orlik, Young Judaea Year Course
In coming out of the desert and moving to Jerusalem, I knew that music would have a much stronger presence in my life.
As much peace and quiet as Arad had to offer, I was more than looking forward to enhanced opportunities to get out there and really see what Israeli music is about. And I have. I’ve tried my best to become a part of city music as an audience member, a student and a performer.
In my experience, a musical atmosphere can be made or broken by a social environment. When I first began to venture into the unknown territory of Jerusalem music, any uncertainty I had about how new participants would be received was easily erased.
When a few of us decided to play a set of three songs at an open mic night, one...
Published : April 17, 2012
So much has occurred since arriving at the Akko train station on February 20 that it is hard to know where to begin. In that case, I shall begin at the beginning...
The first week was orientation week in the true sense of the phrase. It began with a 9:48am arrival at the Akko train station and a round of energetic, yet sleepy, introductions, followed by a quick ride to our new home.
Tzipi’s Place is large two story home with studio apartments on the ground floor and a house on the second, where Tzipi lives. Her large garden is a unique place in Akko (and maybe the world) with lots of planters converted from all sorts of items - from tea kettles to toilets.
There are benches for enjoying the sun, a multi-color picket fence, peace lilies everywhere...

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