Masa Israel Journey Blog

August 10, 2016

By Donny Fuchs, Yeshivat Nativ Aryeh '15 Alumnus


If you’re considering venturing to the Far East, like Beijing to study abroad, you should consider stopping halfway, in the Middle East and landing in Israel. You can be in the middle of all of the world’s cultures, where East meets West, in the city of Jerusalem.


The Weather
What’s that in the air – is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s smog. Unfortunately, the Beijing air is saturated with this human kryptonite. Air pollution is a major issue in Beijing, so instead of feeling those golden rays of sun tickle your cheeks, you may be sensing a thick, heavyset fog.

In Israel, a world leader in renewable energy sources...

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August 10, 2016

My name is Amir and I’m originally from South Africa where I worked as an architect for 8 years. Can you imagine that, eight years at one company! I know it sounds crazy for our generation but as you probably assume, I became restless and continuously thought there has to be more to life than this.

I wasn’t feeling challenged as much as I once was, so I did what any young person does when they aren’t feeling fulfilled, I bought a Harley Davidson. This motorcycle was going to fix everything. I could cruise down the street with the fresh air hitting my face and feel totally free.

The Harley didn’t solve everything and once I came to my senses I realized what I wanted,  to pursue an...

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August 10, 2016

By Andria Kaplan Aylyarov


Studying abroad is a magical time. It’s a wonderful opportunity to expose yourself to new cultures, languages and most of all meet new people. Whether you’re venturing on this semester abroad with a gang from your home university or flying solo put meeting these 11 people at the top of your to-do list. It’ll make your Israel experience well worth it.


1. The Kibbutznik
A kibbutz is a place you heard your parents or grandparents speak about; it was the “birthright” experience of the 1960’s. The people living on the kibbutz, known as the kibbutznik shaped your parent's vision of Israel. Meet someone who lives on or is from a kibbutz and learn about the kibbutz life and its contribution to Israel. 

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