Masa Israel Journey Blog

December 20, 2010
California-native Jessica Hertz remembers listening to the Career Israel participants’ introductions. “There was someone from Boston, someone from Los Angeles, and then there was this guy, Henrik from Denmark,” says Jessica. “I don’t even remember when we started dating, just that he kept sitting next to me on the bus and that we couldn’t stop talking to one another.”
After finishing her term as a program director at Hillel and applying to law school, Jessica enrolled in Career Israel to spend some time with her brother’s family and gain international work experience at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
“Finding a boyfriend was the last thing on my mind,” says Jessica. “I went to camp and was involved in Bnai Brith Youth Organization but I never met...
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December 17, 2010
By Lauren Goldstein, Career Israel, Washington DC
I moved to Tel Aviv, Israel a month ago from the suburbs of Washington, DC to work with I decided to work with the organization after reading the founders bios on the website. We seemed to be kindred spirits in our love of food and finding new and unique places to eat. After hearing about the success of the Taste TLV events I became even more excited to work for them. Though really it all comes down to my love of food and exploring new cities. Upon my arrival to Israel, I was of course filled with a craving for hummus, shwarma, and shakshuka. But Tel Aviv is a diverse city and I was excited to try still undiscovered cuisines that I knew were waiting for me. I was overjoyed to discover that I could find an array of restaurants just going up and down my street.
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December 14, 2010
Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) is one of many URJ camps and communities in the United States and was one of the most important parts of my childhood. I started at GUCI when I was 9 years old, eager and ready to experience the joys of camp that I had heard so much about from my older brother and many friends from my Jewish community in Dayton, Ohio. My time at GUCI was filled with cabin bonding activities, musical services in the outdoor Beit T’filah, Jewish study under the Eitz Chaim, and a feeling of community that cannot be replicated. My connection with GUCI continued after my years as a camper with the NFTY Israel trip, Avodah Work/Study year, and as a counselor. All of my time and experiences at GUCI greatly shaped me into the independent, fulfilled, and Jewish person that I...
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