Masa Israel Journey Blog

June 30, 2011
Sensei Dror Shalom, founder of Masa Israel’s Krav Maga Israel, was given a name that means both peace and freedom for a reason.  Born during the Six Day War in 1967, his parents prayed that Israel would be able to defend itself.
Not only did their hopes come true within days, but their son, Dror went on to become a martial arts expert, finishing first in karate in Israel’s national competition, and becoming the chief instructor of Krav Maga in the Israeli army.
“Krav Maga is about protecting oneself in any situation,” says Shalom.  “Unlike in traditional martial arts, in which you need to spend at least five years just to build up a small base of knowledge, Krav Maga is for anyone who wants to learn how to defend themselves in real time.”
Shalom, who spent years teaching martial arts in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore,...
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June 17, 2011
When Orange Coast College student Chad Schaeffer was considering his study abroad options, he learned that he could intern at an international marketing firm in Tel Aviv, gain professional experience for his merchandising and marketing major, and earn college credit. He jumped at the opportunity and enrolled in Masa Israel’s Oranim Internship Experience.
Having previously traveled to Israel with Birthright, Chad says that he is, “getting an experience that no one else can give me right now.” At SKS Innovating People, Chad oversees the US/UK market, finding leads and making sales.
“I adapted quickly to the Israeli work culture because it is similar to California’s; people are laid back, but hard working,” says Chad.  “Then again, Israelis are a little more blunt...
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June 17, 2011
By Dori Tenenbaum, Career Israel
Since kindergarten I have always known what was next: elementary school, high school, then university. At the end of my undergraduate degree I was faced, for the first time in my life, with a real choice of what to do.
Did I want to go to graduate school? Did I want to try my luck in the job market? Would I end up volunteering somewhere to gain experience before deciding what was next?
These very real questions hit me the day after convocation. All I kept hearing from everyone around me was, “What are you doing now that you’re done?” I was not sure at all. I have known for a long time my ultimate career goals, but I was never sure of the path I would take to get there. I’m sure many recent graduates, and soon-to-be-graduates, can relate to my situation...
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