Masa Israel Journey Blog

February 20, 2015

By Allie Bernstein, Career Israel Intern  


This is Part 3 of a three-part blog series. Read Part 1 and Part 2


So, by now you’ve convinced yourself that you want to go on a Masa Israel program. But what practical steps do you have to take to make it all happen?


I won’t lie; spending a long period of time in a foreign country requires a lot of paperwork. But get yourself a list app (I recommend Wunderlist) and make sure you get a few pieces done every week in the months before you leave.


How To Make It Happen:


• Schedule all of your doctor’s appointments in advance. While...

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February 18, 2015

By Chloe Newman, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Ashdod


My first [few] months here seemed a flurry of realizing how many small, everyday items I had taken for granted in Pittsburgh. Many small kitchen-wares (a proper spice collection being one very important one), some nicer clothing items, art supplies, some school supplies, and general household items were purchased before my first stipend arrived, halfway through the month. My bike was the most significant, and perhaps my best, purchase, and when I started exploring the country, I noticed I was again dishing out cash for travel expenses.

Although my spending was not so extravagant in retrospect, I was discouraged at the time, having to dip into my savings so much. I vowed that once the madness had normalized, I would have a plan, to live comfortably and reasonably on my stipend. Now that I feel I’m establishing my flow, the idea...

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