Masa Israel Journey Blog

May 01, 2011
Not so long ago, I was walking along Pierre Koenig Street near my house, and got to a red light at the intersection across from Pardes.  It was pretty deserted at that time of night, with only a few cars and pedestrians out.  While I was waiting, a van pulled up next to me, completely covered in spray paint, blasting some Jewish dance song (I think this one, or another like it).  They stopped at the red light, and five or six Breslovers (members of a Jewish hasidic sect), jumped out and started dancing in the intersection and on the roof of the van.  They danced around for about thirty seconds until the...
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April 26, 2011
By Devin Lee, Eco-Israel
I have a lot of questions. These are not new questions; in fact, I’m sure they have been asked in every possible permutation, in every possible language. They are almost as common as ‘מה נשמע’? I’m talking about the questions like ‘What does it mean to be Jewish?’ ‘Where does Israel fit in the life of a Diaspora Jew?’
These questions don’t have simple answers. If they did, they could be taught, like physics; tested, like chemistry. Instead, every single person undergoes their own inculcation of meaning through the repeated call-and-response we experience as part of our daily lives. “Why are you in Israel” is no longer a simple question. For me, “to learn about permaculture design” is only a half-truth; I certainly am here for that, but the...
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April 26, 2011
By Alexandra Lebovitz
How about really getting to know Israel—beyond the Dead Sea, Masada and the Kotel?
Have you ever had the chance to breathe in the aromas of Middle Eastern spices in an open-air market? What about maneuvering your way through the alleyways in the Old City?
Whether you are transitioning into a new career, need to take a break, trying to meet new people or just want to travel with a sense purpose, Masa Israel can help connect you to internship, volunteer, and study abroad programs in Israel. And while you’re at it, you’ll get a chance to see Israel like the locals do.
Take time to sit at the local café, and savor each sip of your...
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