Masa Israel Journey Blog

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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November 19, 2010
By Amy Gross, WUJS Israel coordinator
I recently had the opportunity to join our Jerusalem participants on their weekly siyur (field trip). We spent the day in Zichron Yaacov; one of my favorite cities in Israel. First stop of the day was Ramat Hanadiv. Ramat Hanadiv is a beautiful botanical garden situated just outside the city of Zichron.  
We walked around the gardens taking in the smells, colors, and enjoying the cool mountain breeze. After months of heat the fall season has finally arrived and welcomed with open arms.
From the gardens we drove to the center of Zichron for a tour of the Aliyah Museum. Next stop was a quick stroll around the midrachov (walking promenade) and lunch in one of the cute cafes that line the street.
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November 18, 2010
After her Birthright trip to Israel during college, Short Hills, NJ-native Lindsey Rothschild knew she had to return.  “I know it’s cliché, but I just really fell in love with it,” she says.  “While at the Kotel, I ran into a recent Northwestern alum who was on a Masa Israel Journey program and I thought to myself, this has to be me next year.”
With the encouragement of the Hillel Israel Engagement professional at Northwestern, Lindsey enrolled in OTZMA, a ten-month service-oriented program.  “When I bumped into another Northwestern student at the Kotel during my first Shabbat on OTZMA, I was really happy to have come full circle,” she says.
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