Masa Israel Journey Blog

September 01, 2010
 
By Gabi Gordon, Chicago, IL, Nativ
 
Having been raised in a Conservative home in Chicago, Judaism was always a part of my life.  I attended Solomon Schechter for elementary school and then got involved in USY.  While a Junior in high school, I took part in the Alexander Muss semester program in Israel.  It was then that I decided I needed to return for another extended period of time.
 
My chance to do so came soon enough.  After graduation, I enrolled in Masa Israel’s Nativ, the Conservative movement’s gap year program in Israel.  During that year, I had the opportunity to get to know the areas where I lived.  While taking courses in Arabic, Jewish studies and Hebrew at ...
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August 30, 2010
 
By Hannah Heller, Career Israel, West Windsor, NJ
 
After graduating from Wellesley College last June with a double major in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Jewish Studies, I knew I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in the arts, but I also knew I needed some work experience to help me define my specific path. I enrolled in Career Israel, where I would be able to gain professional experience in the arts with a five-month long internship, practice my Hebrew, and live in Tel Aviv, getting the opportunity to experience Israel like an Israeli.
 
Having grown up in a Jewish environment in West Windsor, New Jersey, I’d visited Israel a few times before, but never for this long. For my internship I was placed with a start-up organization called Omanoot:...
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August 28, 2010
 
By Joel Portman, St. Louis, MO, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Year Program
 
In 2005, I traveled to Poland and Israel with United Synagogue Youth (USY).  The five weeks I spent in Israel were some of the best of my life.  But the experience I’d had wasn’t enough:  I wanted more, and I knew I would have to return. So, in 2008, I spent a semester studying at Masa Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev. And I loved every minute of it.
 
I was a student at the University of Denver when I decided to spend my Junior year abroad in Israel. Seventy percent of the undergraduate students there study abroad – so I knew I would be spending part of Junior year in another country. And choosing where to go was easy for me – I knew I had to be in...
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