Masa Israel Journey Blog

May 03, 2011
We have been working for about five weeks now in our respective hotels and so I thought I would dedicate this post to how I view Israelis so far solely based on my experiences at work.
I work in the dining room and basically I am at the bottom of the hierarchy. I work split shifts (8am-1pm and then 6pm-10pm, which I hate I might add). We have coaches, who are like managers, and then above them there is the head manager, you can tell what position each one of us has because we all wear different uniforms. We clear plates and deliver coffee and milk in the morning and take drink orders at night.
The work itself doesn’t really bother me; the people are nice (HUGE change from when I was working at a restaurant in Delray Beach) and...
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May 03, 2011
By Carla  Farson, Pardes Year Student 2010–2011
In the spring of 2010 I received a Masa grant to study in the Year Program at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. By the grace of Masa, I was given the opportunity to begin my formal Jewish education and experience a year of life in Eretz Yisrael. My year with Pardes has showered me with innumerable blessings that have changed my life. The challenges and joys I have met as a Pardes student have yielded a momentous expansion of my consciousness.
In the freedom of this time and place, I have embarked on a journey of discovery in the study of Chumash, prominent commentators and their works, Halacha, personal theology, formal and informal prayer, comprehensive texts...
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May 02, 2011
By Rebecca Crystal, Dance Journey
This past week or so has been filled with exciting experiences in and out of dance.  Last weekend I went to Tel Aviv with ten or more fellow dancers; we saw the Batsheva Ensemble (the second company) perform Deca Dance. This is my third time seeing Deca Dance, and every time I see it, it is a new experience (This piece is a collection of sections from other works of Ohad Naharin, and regularly changes). “Echad Mi Yodea,” the most-famous section from Minus 16, might actually hold a permanent spot in Deca Dance, because I have never seen the show without it. To be honest, it wouldn’t be complete without it. 
In this 8-minute event, the dancers sit on chairs in a semi-circle and perform an intricate and extremely athletic accumulation to the a...
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