Masa Israel Journey Blog

March 29, 2011
Four Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa participants recently attended Masa’s Building Future Leadership conference in Jerusalem. Here’s what Katie, a 10 month Coexistence track volunteer, had to say about the experience:
I recently spent a week with five hundred young Jews who are committed to improving the global Jewish community. From Tikkun Olam, I was joined by Nate Kemphues, Lisa Tankanow and Jodie Suckle at the Building Future Leadership conference in Jerusalem. We participated in workshops ranging from public speaking, tikkun olam, Israel advocacy, team building skills, social entrepreneurship, to Jewish leadership during the Holocaust.
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March 28, 2011
By Lee Frankel-Goldwater, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Studying abroad can change your life – I know this, I’ve been trying to spend as much time living in different places around the globe ever since I got my first taste out of the US as a teenager.  Each new culture, each mountain is an augmentation of my soul.  But, I’ll also say this, in the desert of Israel at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies more opportunities to learn and grow have culminated in one spot than I have ever seen or heard of.
In this semester or year long academic program offered to both grads and undergrads it’s all there: a thorough environmental education combined with peace studies, living together with Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians, and other...
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March 07, 2011
Yahel is a new and exciting addition to the world of Jewish service (and also a Repair the World grantee). Founded by Dana Talmi, the organization, which is less than a year old, is already making huge strides in promoting service in Israel. Their programs work to create a society where “people to work side by side in order to bring about personal and social change.”
Yahel’s Social Change Program invites young adults for a 5-month program where they live and work with the Ethiopian community in Gedera, Israel, combining hands-on volunteer work with learning and cultural immersion. The first Yahel cohort just finished up their first session, and five of the six volunteers decided to stay on for another session. (They were recently joined by three new participants.)
One of those participants, Shoshana...
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