Masa Israel Journey Blog

June 03, 2011
Here’s what Alex Schonkoff, a Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa 5 month Social Action participant from San Francisco, had to say about her experience with Tel Aviv’s amazing nightlife:
I arrived in Tel Aviv two months ago from San Francisco, a city that thrives on a very colorful nightlife. But as the bar closes in S.F. at 2 a.m., that’s when the party is just getting started on your average Tel Aviv night.
One of the first events that I attended that’s worth mentioning was a concert at the Barbi Club, located on Qibbutz Galyot. ACollective, a local Tel Aviv band, was performing that night, and as I am the photographer for, I was able to get a press pass to go check them out. It was raining, but it didn’t stop a large amount of people, young and old, to go support the band at this cool venue...
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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


When Daniel Rothman traveled to Israel with Birthright, he did not expect that four years later he would be returning for five months in pursuit of networking opportunities.  Back then, he had recently finished his degree at Brown University in Cognitive Neuroscience where he created a “smart” alarm clock that woke users during the right stage of sleep so they would wake up feeling better.
He came to Israel thinking he would just have a fun 10 day adventure but at the cemetery of the Kinneret Daniel heard a David Ben-Gurion quote, which stayed with him long after he returned to the US: “I came to this country to transform the land and by doing so, I will transform my soul.”
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