Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : December 31, 2013
We’ve come to that time in the (Gregorian) calendar when we take a moment to stop, reflect on the previous 365 days, and make promises to ourselves to become better people in the year to come. Though these promises are made with the best of intentions, New Year’s resolutions are notoriously easy to break--research shows that just 8% of us actually succeed in achieving our New Year’s Resolutions. 
Want to finally join that elite 8% this year? Here are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions and some ideas on how to keep them this year. 
1. Get into shape
Losing weight and getting healthy top many people’s...
Published : December 27, 2013
I initially wanted to attend the fall Masa Israel Leadership Summit for a few superficial reasons, the comfortable beds, nice shower and abundance of free food.  Spending the last four months in a cramped apartment in Ashdod made the summit impossible to pass up.  Most of what I expected to gain was a full belly, a few good nights' rest and clean hair. But I ended up getting a lot more than I bargained for.  
Due to the worst storm in Israel's collective memory, the summit was delayed by a day. I hadn't gotten the message until I was on my way to the meeting place in Tel Aviv.  When I arrived there was a lot of chaos and misinformation about where we could go and what was going on in Jerusalem.  People from other programs were...

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