Masa Israel Journey Blog

June 02, 2011
By Joe Hakimian, Career Israel
 
Since the early years of high school, when most young adults are scrambling to comprehend all the choices around them, to select their university and to outline a path in life, I have had it easy. My mind has always been set on working in the fascinating world of diamonds.
 
In 2007 I started working at my father’s Jewelry Store in Chicago’s Jewelers Row during the summers, while studying at the University of Wisconsin Business School during the year. This past summer after I graduated from University and after I finished my fourth summer of working at my father’s store, I decided I wanted something new.
 
I contemplated what my next move should be. An important part of my life had always been my Jewish identity and my proud support and love for my homeland, Israel...
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May 27, 2011
In April 2011, Deborah Bertan, Citigroup’s Director of Campus Strategy and Diversity Recruitment, joined 12 other representatives from Fortune 500 companies to participate in Masa Israel Journey’s Employer Thought Leader Summit.  
 
In one week, the companies traveled throughout Israel, meeting recent college graduates interning and volunteering, and Israeli companies hosting Masa Israel interns.  Bertan was so excited about what she discovered in Israel that she graciously agreed to share her experiences:
 
Q: What were your impressions of Israel?
DB: Because I had previously visited the historic sites, this time I was much more focused on getting a feel for the...
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