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 Omanoot.com, 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
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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