Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 01, 2010
 
By Rebecca Stern, Australia, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa
 
My name is Rebecca Stern and I recently participated in Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, a volunteer program which helps underprivileged populations in South Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Under the auspices of this program, I volunteered in four community organisations, the African Refugee Development Centre, Mesila Aid and Information Centre, Shapira Community Centre and Holland Centre. I had very meaningful placements in each of these four organisations.
 
I’ll expand on one of the organisations I volunteered at: The African Refugee Development Centre. The ARDC provides humanitarian aid, psychosocial assistance and education for refugees and asylum-seekers and community development programs.
 
I was a teacher and...
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October 28, 2010
 
It was while working as a youth director at Temple Beth Sholom in Florida that Miami Beach-native Josh Laurence decided to spend a year studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
 
“After first traveling to Israel with Birthright, I definitely wanted to return,” says Josh.  “Then the opportunity presented itself in the form of Pardes’ year program—my mentor, Rabbi Robert Davis encouraged me to do it, my friend Miriam Farber registered, and the financial support from Masa Israel made it possible.”
 
Living in Jerusalem, Josh spent his days taking courses in Talmud, Torah, Social Action, Rambam, and Jewish Law.  “I’d never taken part in such intense text study and the...
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