Masa Israel Journey Blog

April 05, 2011
By Jennifer Perchonok, Otzma
One summer when working at camp, I was sitting with an older staff who I had grown up with and always admired for his outgoing personality and strong connection to the Jewish World. It was the beginning of the summer and we were catching up about our lives outside of camp. I’m not sure what I was telling him, but he started telling me about the life changing year he had just had abroad on a program called OTZMA. At the time I just kind of thought it was cool that he had such an amazing year. I didn’t think much more of it as I knew my path…graduate college, get my masters, get my PhD, go work in Industry, go work as a Professor, and of course raise a family along the way.
However when I later realized that I wanted to take a year off to make sure I didn’t burn myself out as a student in what...
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March 31, 2011
Here are some words from Lisa Heller, a recent WUJS graduate who returned earlier this month to chaperone a Birthright program.
In the fall of 2009, after being laid off in the bad economy, I decided to return to Israel for an extended program through Masa Israel Journey, the umbrella organization for long-term programs in Israel. As a Young Judaea alumna who missed out on Year Course, it seemed only natural to choose WUJS, Hadassah’s Israel program for post-college graduates.
I selected the Jerusalem Learning track because I was looking to learn as much as possible about my Jewish roots and Israeli culture while living in the most unique city in...
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