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Posted July 31, 2015
After arriving in Asheklon in September 2009, Allison Wolkin Samis and Max Samis met during the Hebrew immersion placement exam for their Masa Israel Journey volunteer experience. Neither of the two strangers knew much Hebrew. They didn’t even have to wait for their test results to find out that they were placed in kita aleph, the beginners’ class. So, they left the exam and headed to their first volunteer project. The new...
Posted July 30, 2015
Benjamin Winik and Samantha Sisisky in Tel Aviv   Just weeks into her Masa Israel Journey, Samantha Sisisky, 25, found herself lost in a new city in a new country. Little did she know she was about to find her future husband, Ben Winik, 24.   A participant of then Gedera-based Yahel Social Change Program, Samantha had traveled to Rishon LeZion, to visit a friend who was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in the city.   “My friend...
Posted July 29, 2015
Jessica Band and Jonathan Gerafi in northern Israel   In September 2011, WUJS Israel participants Jessica Band, 26, and Jonathan Gerafi, 28, lived in the same city, in the same building, just one floor apart. Yet, they never spoke to one another during their first month in Tel Aviv. A month later, their friends went out on the town and the two strangers, who both happened to stay in for the night, met by chance and have been together ever...
Posted July 08, 2015
By Tanya Loss, Destination Israel   If you had asked me years ago where I saw myself in the future, I would have never thought my answer would be Israel.   My journey to Israel began about a year and a half ago, when a friend told me to check out the Masa Israel Journey website for potential post-college plans. Little did I know that clicking a few buttons on the homepage, along with a few convincing phone calls, would change my life...