Masa Israel Journey Blog

December 30, 2010
 
By Adi Raz, Because We Care
 
After graduating from Santa Clara University I was faced with the challenge of figuring out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I had studied psychology, but was a bit wary of the counseling profession and didn’t know if it was for me. I decided that I needed a change of scene to clear my head before I made any life altering decisions. I didn’t want to just take a vacation and be lazy for a while, I wanted to do something that would give back to the community. I decided to return to my place of birth, Israel.
 
A friend of mine turned me onto the Masa Israel website and I spent several hours reading through the myriad different programs available. When I read the description for Masa Israel’s Because We Care five-month-long...
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December 24, 2010
 
Growing up in Atlanta, Scott Berger first became involved in Judaism as a teenager through Bnai Brith Youth Organization. But, it was not until he was a freshman at Tulane University that he first traveled to Israel with Birthright.
 
“I had no idea what to expect and it was thrilling for me to be in a country filled with other people like me,” says Scott. “I knew I wanted to spend more time there.”
 
During his fourth year at Tulane, Scott decided to study in Israel. But, as an architecture student at a university that discouraged study abroad in Israel, the process was not simple. “My study abroad advisor encouraged me to take a semester off and look into university programs where other Tulane students had studied,” says Scott. “I...
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December 23, 2010
 
Andrew Apt and Becca Pohl
 
What Masa Israel program were you both participating in when you met?
I was in my second year of Graduate School at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Rebecca was in her first year in Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, which last year had their first years attend the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and also take some courses at the Hebrew Union College also in Jerusalem.
 
How did you meet?
We actually met on JDate, and had our first official date on New Year’s eve at River...
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