Masa Israel Journey Blog

December 07, 2010
By Jessica Pinsky, WUJS Israel Arts
 
Where do I come from?
 
When asked by Israelis where in the states I grew up, I reply, “Ohio—do you know it?” Mostly they have heard of it but have no idea where it is. I say “It’s in the middle”. “What goes on in the middle?” Not much.
 
So it is of little surprise that I tried out many major cities in the US over the past 8 years. Cities make sense for some artists, constant stimulation, and incessant, pulsing energy just waiting to be tapped into. I never found the perfect fit. You know, the place you can see yourself living forever.
 
Who am I?
 
I am an artist, I am a Jew.
 
Do people usually write lists in order...
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December 06, 2010
 
By Ayelet Firstenberg, Young Judaea Year Course Jerusalem madricha
 
I have been living in Jerusalem for almost a year now. Something really special about the city, and especially our area of Talpiyot, is the fact that you are always a ten-minute walk or bus ride away from being able to pursue your artistic interests. For music, art, and dance lovers like myself, consider this a brief guide to the arts in Jerusalem.
 
Music
There are no end to concerts in Jerusalem. The Lab (Hama’abeda) is a smaller venue, a twenty minute walk from campus with shows ranging from strange alternative dance shows to big-time performers like Hadag Nachash. Another favorite is the ...
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December 02, 2010
 
By Elana Stern, Young Judaea Year Course, Livingston, NJ
 
Monday of this week was completely hectic. After turning in my Zionism paper and having a morning of classes, we all boarded buses for Jerusalem. Our first stop was the AACI (Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel) memorial service for fallen members of the IDF and victims of terror who were originally American or Canadian citizens. After this year’s ceremony, the memorial wall dedicated by AACI just outside of Jerusalem now lists over 300 names, a staggering number. As Americans living in Israel, this was both depressing and humbling. So many people have moved themselves, their families and their lives to Israel, risking everything, and some have clearly made the ultimate sacrifice.
 
Once the ceremony was over, we took a trip to Mini...
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