Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 30, 2010
 
Last month, four Masa Israel participants joined our Desert Queen team to challenge themselves with a trek through the land of Israel. Three of them share their experiences below.
 
Sarah Goldstein, 29, New York, Career Israel. Sarah has a BA in graphic design and photography, working in Israel as an intern in a graphic design studio:
 
Before departing on the Desert Queen experience my stay in Israel so far had been more challenging than expected. I came to Israel with a very strong idea of my self and my goals but moving to a new place usually forces you to question all of those things about your life. And so I found myself confused and disconnected…until Desert Queen.
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November 29, 2010
 
By Nikki Avershal, OTZMA, Philadelphia, PA
 
OTZMA is more than Americans volunteering in Israel. More than the educational opportunities presented by intensive Hebrew classes and new cultural immersion, OTZMA staff organizes weekly educational days for participants.
 
In these short but intensive one-day trips around the country OTZMA participants (cleverly nicknamed OTZMAnikim) jump from place to place, lecture to lecture absorbing an unbelievable amount of information.
 
Our first education day was spent in the South of Israel in the Negev desert. We began in Be’er Sheva, the largest city in the Negev with an introduction by to the region by LeePerlman,the Director of Programming and Planning for the Israel and Overseas Global Operations of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). He...
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