Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 18, 2010
By Flora Cantacuzino Levy and Zara Tobias, Netzer Olami
On Thursday the 28th of October, gap year participants from one American and six British Zionist youth movements gathered in Kiryat Moriah in Jerusalem for the first Keshet Seminar, which was a collaboration beween Masa Israel, Machon, British Youth Movements, and the UJIA and UJF. Coming from all over Israel, 150 participants met for the weekend in order to discuss and explore issues and opinions in a pluralist environment. With representatives from a large range of Jewish backgrounds and perspectives, including Modern Orthodox, Masorti, Progressive and Cultural Judaism, the weekend was full of heated discussion and fascinating debate.
During the weekend we were able to interact in smaller groups catered around our interests, with group titles varying from...
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November 18, 2010
After her Birthright trip to Israel during college, Short Hills, NJ-native Lindsey Rothschild knew she had to return.  “I know it’s cliché, but I just really fell in love with it,” she says.  “While at the Kotel, I ran into a recent Northwestern alum who was on a Masa Israel Journey program and I thought to myself, this has to be me next year.”
With the encouragement of the Hillel Israel Engagement professional at Northwestern, Lindsey enrolled in OTZMA, a ten-month service-oriented program.  “When I bumped into another Northwestern student at the Kotel during my first Shabbat on OTZMA, I was really happy to have come full circle,” she says.
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