Masa Israel Journey Blog

July 19, 2011
By Caylee Talpert
The sun has not yet fully risen, yet there is a buzz in the usually quiet desert landscape. It’s 5:30 a.m. and students are slowly beginning to emerge from the caravans and tents where they slept the night before. They sleepily spread chocolate spread onto their Matzot, while sipping Turkish coffee as they prepare themselves  for another day of hard work in the hot desert sun. Despite the fact that most only made it to bed a few hours before, they wake up voluntarily, ready to spend another day “getting their hands  dirty” in the true sense of the word as they lay the bricks for a new set of  houses.
If the unsuspecting visitor were to happen upon this scene, it would not be surprising if he began to wonder whether he was witnessing a desert mirage. Perhaps he will pinch himself and wonder whether he has traveled back in time and...
Read More  |  Comments (0)
July 11, 2011
After graduating from Lehigh University with a degree in political science and mass communications, Alex Kadis knew he wanted to spend the year volunteering before entering the work world.
“Even though I’ve never been that involved in the Jewish community, I’ve always believed that Judaism is about community activism,” says Alex. “When I found out that I could volunteer in Israel, I thought it would be a nice opportunity to further explore my Judaism.”
Alex enrolled in Masa Israel’s Otzma, a year-long service oriented program for college graduates. For the first three months, Alex lived in an immigrant absorption center in Ashkelon and spent his mornings studying Hebrew in an intensive ulpan course.  Then, Alex moved to Beit She’an, his hometown of  Cleveland’s...
Read More  |  Comments (0)

See what programs & funding we have for you:



Explore The Blog