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Posted December 27, 2012
By Rebecca Crystal, Dance Journey   I didn’t panic. Not until I boarded my El Al flight from JFK to Tel Aviv and fully realized that I was about to leave my home for five months.   A concerned flight attendant noticed my anxiety and asked me where I was heading. When I told her Kibbutz Ga’aton, she said brightly, “Oh! That’s the kibbutz where everyone goes to dance!”   I breathed freely...
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Posted December 24, 2012
By Mike Schwartz, Young Judea Year Course, Hebrew University   Like most American Jews of my generation, my first encounters with Israel were cultural.    I saw pictures of people reading the newspaper while floating in the Dead Sea.    I wrote notes to be placed in the Western Wall.    I ate hummus and falafel at Israeli Independence Day parties.    My “Israel is Good...
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Posted December 20, 2012
By Becki Levant, University of Haifa   When I decided to study abroad, I knew I wanted an experience that was more exotic than the usual study abroad options Europe offered.    So, I chose Israel.    After a long flight and an adventurous taxi ride, I arrived at the Masa Israel-accredited University of Haifa.    Tired and jet-lagged, I entered my apartment to find three students...
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Posted December 18, 2012
By Abigail Winard, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa   The opportunity to live, study, and volunteer in the heart of Jaffa, for five months through Masa Israel’s Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa program, was an unforgettable and life-changing experience.   Since Jaffa is home to a diverse population of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, I was surrounded by a multicultural prism.   I lived within a five minute walk...
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