Masa Israel Journey Blog

October 22, 2010
By Melissa Rosenbaum, Young Judaea Year Course, New York
 
My alarm was set for 8:45 on Monday October 4; I was packed and ready to leave for 10 days of isolation at the Beit Yehudah Hostel in the outskirts of Jerusalem for the Magen David Adom training course.
 
The Medical Track was participating in this training course in order to become first responders for MDA (Magen David Adom), the Israeli Red Cross organization. The eleven of us arrived at the hostel filled with nerves because we really had no idea what to expect. We were told it was going to be grueling, at times difficult, but most of all exciting. While we sat in the lobby waiting for registration, many questions were running through my head: 
 
Will the language barrier prevent me from learning important material?...
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October 19, 2010
 
By Tali Gur Arye, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
A few days before the craziness that comes with the beginning of any school year, Masa Israel held an intensive two day training for staff working with overseas students at universities around Israel. The purpose of this seminar was twofold—to provide tangible tools and an in-depth exploration of the nature of our work with foreign students, and to create a network of professional contacts which we could then call upon throughout the year. And of course, the fun was not forgotten!
 
The seminar included multiple interactive sessions where experts were brought in to discuss a variety of topics. One of the...
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October 18, 2010
 
Growing up in Deerfield, Illinois, Shabbat dinners at Teri Herbstman’s home always ended with the singing of the Hatikvah.  “I remember spending one Shabbat at a friend’s home where they didn’t sing it and suddenly realizing that it wasn’t in the siddur,” says Teri. 

“My parents’ decision to end our family’s shabbos service with Hatikvah as well as seeing their involvement in many Jewish organizations definitely helped instill a sense of Zionism in me.

A regular at Bnai Tikvah synagogue and the annual AIPAC conference, Teri served on the executive board of Cornell’s pro-Israel group, bringing Shimon Peres to campus.
 
When she traveled to Israel with Birthright at age 19, Teri extended her trip to volunteer with Ethiopian immigrants in Kiryat Gat, Chicago’s...
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