Masa Israel Journey Blog

February 12, 2014
By Camille Morliere, Israel Government Fellows
A little more than a year ago, I chose a Masa program that would give me the possibility to do an internship relevant for my medical residency in public health, and which contained an educational component that would allow me to finally learn about Israel. Let me explain: I started the Israel Government Fellows program in a state of complete ignorance. I had no knowledge about Zionism, had never heard of the debate over Israel as a Jewish and a democratic state, didn’t know what the Knesset was and my knowledge about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came mostly from the French media and from what I had heard in the Jewish community of Bordeaux, which I was a part of for six months. I knew that my knowledge was distorted and probably wrong, but had no other narrative to counter it. I also didn...
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February 07, 2014
By Ethan Goldman, on Masa Israel's Yahel Social Change program
As far back as I can remember soccer has always been a huge part of my life.  I started playing in elementary school and since then I have rarely gone a day without having a ball at my feet. In addition to providing me with a good source of exercise and a well needed outlet for my surplus of energy, soccer has also been one of, if not the, most important social tool in my personal life. My best friends throughout high school were my teammates and they still represent the majority of people I keep in contact with from my hometown. Soccer was an even bigger part of my life in college. Playing on the varsity team for all four years, soccer related activities undoubtedly took up most of my free time and nearly all my time (excluding academics, of course!).
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