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November 24, 2010
By Sarah Hindman, Career Israel
Sarah Hindman is a senior at the University of Southern California studying film. This article was originally published by New Voices Magazine.
The chapel at my Episcopalian boarding school was shaped like a crucifix.
I always tried to find a seat in the back corner so no one would see me when the reverend asked us to bow our heads. Instead, when the prayers mentioned Jesus, I would look at the ceiling and say the she’hecheyanu. It was the only blessing I remembered.
One summer in college, I again found myself looking at the ceiling. This time, instead of being the only Jew in the room, I was the only one going to Sderot...
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November 23, 2010
By Cara Frazin, Masa Israel Campus Intern, University of Illinois at Chicago
On September 15, 2010, I had the rare opportunity to meet Natan Sharansky before the annual Jewish Federation Annual Meeting Luncheon where he was the main speaker.
As an active participant with the Levine Hillel at the University of Illinois at Chicago and as the Masa Israel intern for my campus, I spend a lot of time educating people about Israel and promoting Israel advocacy. When I was invited by The Hillels of Illinois to a private meeting with Sharansky before the luncheon, I was ecstatic.
I told all my professors I could not make it to class that day because I had to go meet the former refusenik, former Deputy Prime Minister of Israel and now the Chairman of the Jewish Agency.
My Jewish and non-Jewish friends alike were amazed at the...
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November 20, 2010

This weekend marks the first Israel Security Issues Shabbaton from the Masa Israel Community. Here is a taste of what participants will be doing and learning:

Tour: Conflict Valley – The Security Fence
Lecture: The IDF Ethical Code and Fighting Terrorism- Bentzi Gruber, Commanding Officer IDF
Lecture: Geopolitics of the Middle East: Understanding the context of the Arab-Israeli Conflict- Arye Green, MediaCenter
  1. Hezbollah and the Lebanon Border – Eliot Chodoff, Haifa Univ.
  2. The Saga of A Fanatic Moderate- Arye Green, MediaCenter
  3. The Minaret and the Satellite Dish: A Geo strategic Analysis of the Middle East- Avi Melamed, IDAN
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