Masa Israel Journey Blog

March 28, 2011
Four Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa participants recently attended Masa’s Building Future Leadership conference in Jerusalem. Here’s what Katie, a 10 month Coexistence track volunteer, had to say about the experience:
I recently spent a week with five hundred young Jews who are committed to improving the global Jewish community. From Tikkun Olam, I was joined by Nate Kemphues, Lisa Tankanow and Jodie Suckle at the Building Future Leadership conference in Jerusalem. We participated in workshops ranging from public speaking, tikkun olam, Israel advocacy, team building skills, social entrepreneurship, to Jewish leadership during the Holocaust.
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March 27, 2011
By Lee Frankel-Goldwater, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Studying abroad can change your life – I know this, I’ve been trying to spend as much time living in different places around the globe ever since I got my first taste out of the US as a teenager.  Each new culture, each mountain is an augmentation of my soul.  But, I’ll also say this, in the desert of Israel at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies more opportunities to learn and grow have culminated in one spot than I have ever seen or heard of.
In this semester or year long academic program offered to both grads and undergrads it’s all there: a thorough environmental education combined with peace studies, living together with Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians, and other...
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