Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 30, 2010
 
With eight whole days of celebration, you’re probably looking for ways to make the most out of the festival of lights—Israeli style! And just like there are countless ways to spell “חנוכה” in English, there are hundreds of ways you can mix and match the events below to spend your eight crazy nights…
 
  1. Take a menorah tour Explore the amazing streets of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak and see the hundreds of lights glowing from every window.
 
  1. Branch out at the Holiday of Holidays Festival in Haifa This year marks the 17th year for the “Holiday of Holidays” Festival celebrating holidays of three faiths: Hannukah, Christmas and Eid al Adja. Throughout the...
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November 29, 2010
 
By Nikki Avershal, OTZMA, Philadelphia, PA
 
OTZMA is more than Americans volunteering in Israel. More than the educational opportunities presented by intensive Hebrew classes and new cultural immersion, OTZMA staff organizes weekly educational days for participants.
 
In these short but intensive one-day trips around the country OTZMA participants (cleverly nicknamed OTZMAnikim) jump from place to place, lecture to lecture absorbing an unbelievable amount of information.
 
Our first education day was spent in the South of Israel in the Negev desert. We began in Be’er Sheva, the largest city in the Negev with an introduction by to the region by LeePerlman,the Director of Programming and Planning for the Israel and Overseas Global Operations of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). He...
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