Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 08, 2010
By Jake Shillman, WUJS Intern Tel Aviv, Roslyn, NY
 
There is a fitting passage written by Yair Lapid in describing my early thoughts on Israel: “It’s the only country where, if you despise politicians, abhor clerks, hate the situation, are disgusted with the taxes, loathe the standard of service, and detest the weather, it’s a sign that you love it.”
 
My name is Jake Shillman and I was raised in Roslyn, New York. Coming from an active Jewish family in a predominately Jewish town, I attended Hebrew school, had a Bar Mitzvah and frequented synagogue on Shabbat and holidays. I played basketball at the Maccabi games, volunteered at the JCC and lived the stereotypical life of an American Jew. As someone so involved in the American Jewish community, one would be surprised to discover that up until a...
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November 04, 2010
 
By Amy Schmidt, Young Judaea Year Course, Los Angeles, CA
 
Our last two culinary adventures have taken us around the Mediterranean Sea.  Earlier this month, our lesson was Italian-themed, and yes, we did learn to make not only spaghetti, but also gnocchi from scratch. I was partnered with my friend Ben on the tapenade while the others worked on the other sauces, including a fresh pesto and a tomato-garlic-basil sauce. We all came together to learn how to make the pasta and then the gnocchi doughs.
 
Unsurprisingly, everything was delicious, and the lesson made my day: I love gnocchi and have always wanted to learn how to make it. The next week’s lesson was a bit more local. It was supposed to be a chicken lesson, but the butcher didn’t have Tali’s order, so she switched it up and instead...
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