Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : January 16, 2014
By Alisa Wills, on Masa Israel's SEE Galilee program
Before having ever stepped foot in Israel, I signed up for a long-term program without a second thought. I wish I could say I knew about the culture, had family and friends here, and new what I was getting myself into. But the truth is, I didn’t know or have any of these: just an overwhelming feeling that since it was Israel, everything would be alright.
I can’t say exactly what I expected, because my knowledge of the country was so limited. I definitely thought we would be going to a remote area and helping an impoverished population, which I think also speaks to my lack of understanding of the country. For SEE Galilee, I had a vision for...
Published : January 14, 2014
By Deborah Malheiro, Yahel Social Change Program
The first time I came to Israel was almost four years ago. I arrived in the house of an Israeli guy that I had met in Argentina who would eventually become my boyfriend. I remember it as if it were yesterday: after two days, he asked me, “Do you like hummus?”
I said, “You know, I think we have this thing in Brazil but I have never tasted it.”
He replied, “It’s the national food of Israel, you must like it.” I tried a small bite, really skeptical, because at that time I was really picky with food, and I saw no purpose at all to like the “Israeli national food”  I didn’t like it and my opinion wouldn’t change for three more years.
At the beginning of this year, I...

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