Masa Israel Journey Blog

October 04, 2010
 
By Max Gelb, New York, NY, Kibbutz Ulpan
 
My first glimpse of the flourishing green olive groves amid the dry and sandy Negev confirmed exactly why I wanted to live on Kibbutz Revivim.  Growing up in bustling Manhattan, I was always interested in experiencing life in a more tranquil and geologically different environment.  When I learned that Masa Israel’s Kibbutz Ulpan program would allow me to accomplish this while simultaneously pursuing my interests in Israel and Hebrew, I decided that the Kibbutz Ulpan at Revivim was right for me.
 
Prior to my participation in the Kibbutz Ulpan during the winter of 2009, my only experience in Israel had been my Birthright trip two years before.  After Birthright, I...
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September 28, 2010
 
By Marla Davis, Hebrew University, Columbus, OH
 
Throughout my life, my family concluded our Passover Seder in Youngstown, Ohio with the traditional words “Next year in Jerusalem!”  It took me twenty years, but finally I found my way to Jerusalem and studied at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School.
 
After taking the course Culture and Contemporary Israel my freshman year at The Ohio State University, I changed my academic career and began studying the Hebrew language.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that the best way to fully grasp the language was to study in Israel.  Although all the university programs in Israel have their unique benefits, I felt that Jerusalem was the heart of the land I loved, and I yearned to spend time...
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September 22, 2010
By Ana Harmon, Austin, TX, Dance Journey
 
It all began with a small sign posted at the University of Texas Hillel’s bulletin board, “Dance in Israel.”
 
At the time, I had been dancing for a ballet company in Austin while simultaneously trying enrich my life with college courses and Jewish involvement. A program so ideal, combining artistic and cultural desires of mine in Israel on a Kibbutz, sounded like a scam.
 
I was there for 10 months, it’s real.
 
First, the environment—you will wake up each morning surrounded by vegetation and the green rolling hills of the Galilee.  The studios are tucked beautifully in the Kibbutz, many with wide, open windows exposing you to the natural setting. I loved exploring new ways of moving and digging in to...
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