Masa Israel Journey Blog

March 23, 2015

 

By Tami Wolf, Masa Israel Alumni Fellow

 

In early March, I had the privilege of attending AIPAC’s annual Policy Conference for the first time. I went as a Masa Israel Alumni Fellow and part of the Masa Israel Journey delegation. We were  a group of about 30 Masa Israel program alumni who attended the conference to reconnect with Israel, learn more about the current political situation, and encourage others to spend a significant period of time in Israel. I was familiar with AIPAC, due to my involvement with the organization as an undergrad, but Policy Conference was something else altogether.

 

Attendance at this year’s PC was estimated at 16,000 people. It was...

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March 06, 2015

By Desiree Eslamboly, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Petach Tikvah

 

Say what you want about Israelis- they’re brash, they’re pushy, and they’re bluntly honest – sure. But there is a reason why, when visiting, it only takes a few short days to fall in love with their country. And I’m not convinced that it’s solely the land that captivates people. After living here for only 4 short months, I have landed on 5 different elements of Israeli culture and mentality that I will be bringing back with me when I return to the United States.

 

1. Israeli Hospitality


Time and time again I am floored by the hospitality and generosity of Israelis. If I got even just an agorot (the Israeli equivalent of a dime) for every time I received an invite from an Israeli to join them for a meal...

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