I remember when I first fell in love with Israel. It was December 2005 and, as the wheels of the plane kissed the runway, the travelers around me broke out into applause.
“I’m here,” I thought, “I’ve arrived.”
I first traveled to Israel with Aish Birthright and then extended my stay for a week to study at the She’arim College for Women. During two winter breaks from the University of Miami, I again made the trip to She’arim. But, these were pilot trips for the ultimate goal - a year in Israel. Masa Israel made that goal a reality.
For the 2008-2009 academic year, I lived and breathed Israel, mostly in the heights of western Jerusalem...