Masa Israel Journey Blog

April 11, 2011
By Matthew Eisenberg, Oranim Internship Experience
 
How do I explain in words who my grandfather was and what he meant to me?  I guess if you took all that is right in the world and mixed it with the biggest heart, you would have my grandfather.  I didn’t know it back then but he is everything I now hope to be.
 
My story begins nine years ago when I was in Israel.  I was on a kibbutz when my grandfather got sick.  At the time, my parents were on a trip in Europe and started making the necessary arrangements to return.  But my grandfather told my father no, he had to continue on his trip.  You see, my father’s trip was supposed to end with a visit to Israel to spend time with me, and that was more important to my grandfather.
 
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April 06, 2011
 
By Alana, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, a 5 month Social Action track participant and University of Connecticut graduate.
 
This weekend marked our first group trip around Israel! Once a month we go on weekend camping trips through various regions. This weekend we drove down to the Negev (A huuuuge desert in southern Israel) for some hiking and farm tours. After a 2+ hour drive into the desert we found ourselves at an Alpaca farm down south. We learned all about the little critters and got to feed them too!
 
After learning about Alpacas (not to be confused with llamas…the farmer made that very clear) we took off for yet another farm tour. This time we found ourselves at a“Lone Farm” a few minutes south of the first farm. A Lone Farm is owned...
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