Masa Israel Journey Blog

May 15, 2011
By Michael Shamah, London, England – Saving the Stones
My name is Michael Shamah, and I am a Saving The Stones intern from London, England, pursuing a BA degree in Archaeology. The Saving The Stones Programme is an international training/ internship in historical and archaeological conservation. As an on and off the field archaeologist in training, this internship has enabled me not only with the unique opportunity of residing in one of the most captivating countries in the world, but it has also equipped me with the right tools necessary nowadays to more effectively deal with issues of conservation in ancient sites.
It seems like it was only yesterday when we, the Saving The Stones group, had our first meeting at the Old Acre Development Center. In...
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May 11, 2011
Yesterday, we reported on the two days earlier this week, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut.  While the days will definitely stick in everyones’ collective memories for a long, long time, for one particular chanicha, it will stay in her memory for even longer.
When Masa Israel Journey approached us and asked for a lucky participant to play a special role during the official tekes on Har Herzl, Helene Zinckgraf of New Jersey was the big winner, chosen to represent Year Course (as the largest Israel program) and therefore all of Masa.
At 8:30 in the morning, Helene arrived to Har Herzl accompanied by a Masa employee, in time to go through all the security checks (a lot but not unexpected).  Helene’s job?  To escort Jewish Agency chairman and...
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