Masa Israel Journey Blog

April 13, 2011
 
By Seth Felix, WUJS Intern Tel Aviv. Seth is pictured on the left of the picture together with some of his friends from the WUJS program in Tel-Aviv
 
As a California boy, I never thought others would recognize me as anything but American, until this past year. People approach me on a daily basis assuming that I may be Russian, Israeli, French, British, Mexican, and even South African. This can only happen in the diverse city of Tel Aviv. It doesn’t bother me at all and I am flattered to look like such a mutt. I think that means I have adapted quite well since I am no longer mistaken as the typical American tourist.
 
A year ago I came on WUJS (World Union Jewish Students), a 6 month internship program sponsored by Haddasah/Young Judea. The program allows you to pick...
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April 12, 2011
 
I had the pleasure of taking part in the Masa Culture evening at ZOA last week, where I saw a performance by The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. The hour long performance was spellbinding – highly talented dancers mixed with compelling choreography, vibrant costumes and music. The high energy piece confirmed why this company is one of the top contemporary dance groups, touring throughout the world.
 
The event also included a talkback with the artistic director and a number of his dancers (who hail from all over the world including Russia, Netherlands, and Japan) who provided background about the company, spoke about their unique kibbutz dance village in the north of the country, and talked about why so many talented dancers choose to come to Israel to dance with the company. It was great to see such a riveting performance and gain more of an understanding about the vibrant arts and culture scene in Israel.
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