Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 30, 2010
 
Last month, four Masa Israel participants joined our Desert Queen team to challenge themselves with a trek through the land of Israel. Three of them share their experiences below.
 
Sarah Goldstein, 29, New York, Career Israel. Sarah has a BA in graphic design and photography, working in Israel as an intern in a graphic design studio:
 
Before departing on the Desert Queen experience my stay in Israel so far had been more challenging than expected. I came to Israel with a very strong idea of my self and my goals but moving to a new place usually forces you to question all of those things about your life. And so I found myself confused and disconnected…until Desert Queen.
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November 29, 2010
 
By Eli Newman, Desert Sports Challenge
 
I decided to join the Desert Sports Challenge program because I loved every aspect of it. I came to Nitzana because I missed the way I felt from the first time I came to Israel. The thoughts of living permanently in a community in the middle of the Negev hadn’t really crossed my mind. All I thought about was getting to learn Hebrew, become as fit as possible, and travel around Israel for 5 months. All of which costs me next to nothing.
 
My favorite part of the program has been learning the languages. There are 100 Russians living as our neighbors. Twenty are in the Russian version of the same Masa Israel program. Eighty are in a program called MIR that prepares Russian high school graduates for the army or an...
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