Masa Israel Journey Blog

March 03, 2011
By Rebecca Crystal, Dance Journey
This past week was only a half-week of dancing, and then we went on a trip to Jerusalem for Wednesday and Thursday.  Though I’ve been there six or seven times before, I never fail to be struck with awe at the beauty and complexity of this amazing city.  The day we went to the Western Wall, it was sunny and beautiful.  I really enjoyed being there with some of my non-Jewish friends here–it seemed like they were really moved and interested, and their experience informed my own. 
We also went to some holy Christian sites that I have never been to before, like the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which was so magnificent and had many different cathedrals, alcoves, and holy objects. Candles burned all over, and I had this feeling like I really traveled back in time...
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March 02, 2011
By Tamar Friedman, Huntingdon Valley, PA, Nativ
The past few weeks have been jam-packed. First, we had Israel today seminar, which was three days where we could choose what aspects of Israeli society to learn about. The first day I was in the group that went to see Gush Etzion, learned about its history, and talked to “Settler Bob” about what it is like and what is the significance of living in a settlement. The second day I chose the Israeli society option. We went to Meah Shearim to talk about the Chareidi community in Israel, then went up to Lod to learn about an organization that helps the local community know and obtain their rights, and then we listened to a speaker who helped to start a political and social organization in Jerusalem.
My favorite part of the day was going to Lod because we met with someone...
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February 28, 2011
Seth Engelbourg, Sharon, MA, Young Judaea Year Course
Week 1
For those who don’t know part of the kibbutz track on Year Course is hiking for three weeks on different segments of Shvil Israel (The Israel National Trail). We were assisted all three weeks by our very adept, knowledgeable and all-around great guide Yoash, who provided us with a vast array of geological, historical, zoological, and botanical facts and stories. We were also accompanied by our logistics person Harel for the 1st and 3rd weeks, and Reuven for the 2nd week.  Quick vocabulary to make reading this easier, a “har” is a mountain, a “nachal” is a river canyon, an “ein” is a spring, a “maale” is an ascent, a “givah” is a hill, and a...
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