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Posted January 15, 2013
By Jenn Handel, Israel Teaching Fellows   So what does a young American Jew with a bachelor’s degree in education and a Master’s degree in liberal arts do after the endless battle of job hunting?    Well move to Israel, of course!    Now that might sound a little crazy, but that’s exactly what I did—though it was never part of my life plan.   Growing up in a New York suburb...
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Posted January 14, 2013
  By Shae Selix, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies   Through my Masa scholarship, I have had the privilege to work for the past three and a half months at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Kibbutz Ketura.  Like many Masa students, I have been able to see the beauty of Israel, from the acacia trees in the Negev, to the mystical waters in the Dead Sea, to the Jerusalem stone in the capital.  I...
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Posted January 14, 2013
By Danielle Longo, Israel Teaching Fellows   Growing up as a Conservative Jew in a suburb of Detroit, I knew the basics about Judaism and Israel.     I attended Hillel Day School, celebrated holidays, went to shul, and believed in God.     But at 17, my dad passed away and I pushed my religion aside.     Ten years later, the economic crisis hit and I found myself with a Masters degree but no...
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Posted January 08, 2013
By Ahuva Dachs, Bnos Chava   The gift I brought home from Israel, A Jerusalem stone engraved with “Im Eshkacheich Yerushalayim Tishkach Yimini” “If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let me forget my right hand" - Psalm: 137, rests above the fireplace in my house and serves as a constant reminder of how my year in Israel transformed my view of Israel as being the Jewish homeland into it being “my” homeland....
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