Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : December 11, 2012
By Aliza Gans, ArtJerusalem
Sitting at the cluttered desk in my dorm at Brandeis University, my year in Israel with Masa Israel’s Bezalel Experience (now ArtJerusalem) seems like another world away.  
My new campus is not inlayed with white Jerusalem stone, there is no Muslim call to prayer several times a day, and the supermarket down the street is frigid with tight aisles of cans and packages—nothing like the open markets of Machaneh Yehudah.  
I leaf through the pages of my journal from that year, festooned with ticket stubs from Israeli concerts, pressed, dried lavender from street corners in Jerusalem, and my nude sketches from life drawing classes at Bezalel Art Academy.
I am instantly bombarded by the sights, scents, and sounds of the...
Published : December 10, 2012

By Nathalie Gleitman, IDC Herzliya Bachelors in Business Administration, Germany 

Why study in Israel? That’s the question people always ask me when I tell them that I moved to Tel Aviv a year ago to study business administration at the Masa Israel-accredited  Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. 
 Still, out of all the countries in the world, why did I choose Israel?
What is it about this small country that makes it such a special and fulfilling place to live? New York, London, Paris, Madrid, Singapore…
It’s like the world is filled with different doors offering all sorts of opportunities, but from all of these doors, I chose to enter the one that offered a home.
Before arriving in Israel, I spent...

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