Masa Israel Journey Blog

December 13, 2010
 
By Christina Healy, University of Haifa
 
It was just another Thursday. After my Hebrew class ended at noon, I met up with another researcher from the Sign Language Research Lab and we headed to lunch. Usually we automatically angle toward the cafeteria, but today we were in the mood for a baked potato, so we headed downstairs to the coffee shop. After paying, I turned toward the dining area and stopped short, staring out the window. With my arm outstretched, “smoke…fire” was all I could utter. The Carmel forest was alight.
 
An hour after the fire began, the flames were already high enough to see from campus, and the smoke towered over the university.
 
Having grown up in southern California, I have seen more than my fair share of...
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December 10, 2010
By Ari Rockni, Career Israel
 
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business with degrees in Marketing and Risk Management & Insurance, I wasn’t sure what my next step in life would be. Having participated the previous year on the study abroad program, Semester at Sea, and visiting 14 different countries while circumnavigating the globe on a ship, I knew one thing for sure. I wanted to spend more time abroad. However, I wasn’t looking to teach English or do volunteer work. It was very important to me to partake in something worthwhile; something where I can gain useful experience and apply some of the concepts I studied in college.
 
Growing up in a conservative Jewish family which has always been involved in pro-Israel organizations, I became involved with AIPAC, America’s leading pro-Israel...
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