Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : April 16, 2012
By Michelle Gorback, alumna of Masa Israel's Oranim Tel Aviv Internship Experience

This post was originally published in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.

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 just devoured and my hands are greasy, but I am nonetheless content. My boyfriend and I have taken the opportunity – after a long morning of pre-Shabbat errands – to purchase this shawarma from this stand and to dig in on this bench because exactly a year ago from this day, it was my first full day in Israel and this was my first foray into a whole new chapter of my life.
Now, blissfully consumed by a post-shawarma coma, I am able to reflect on my past year in Israel.

One year ago, I chose the road less traveled and proceeded to go down it at full speed: upon graduation from college, I moved to Israel having never visited the country (or many others, for that matter). A
gainst the advice of those wiser and more world-weary, I had committed to Masa Israel’s Oranim Tel Aviv Internship Experience in a country I knew nothing about. I would be living and interning in Tel Aviv for five months, knowing only my boyfriend, who had arrived to do a Master’s program two months prior.

Read more in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.
Published : April 05, 2012
This month, more than 400 participants from over 20 countries came together to learn about leadership and social entrepreneurship at our Building Future Leadership conference. But in their free time, they collaborated on a special project, burning the midnight oil to put together this Pesach greeting for our community. Enjoy! 

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