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Posted February 12th, 2016
Valentine's Day may not be a Jewish holiday, but we can't stop ourselves from kvelling over all of these beautiful alumni couples who met in Israel:   1. Kelly and Jon, 2008     Kelly and Jon met through friends during their gap year in 2008-2009. Now, eight years later, they're expecting their first child next month!   2. Allie and Max, 2009     Allie and Max met on a Masa Israel volunteer...
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Posted February 12th, 2016
By Jon Harris, Yeshivat Lev HaTorah alumnus   My wife and I were both on our gap year in Israel when we met. I was studying at Lev Hatorah in Ramat Beit Shemesh, and she was studying at Machon Ma'ayan in Beit Shemesh (I believe they moved since).   One of my yeshiva classmates, Josh Buchman, was having a birthday party where he wanted to spend all night in Jerusalem and go to the Kotel at sunrise along with friends from yeshiva and...
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Posted February 2nd, 2016
On weekdays, the alleyways of Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market are a bustle of shoppers and sellers, a place bursting with sights, sounds and smells. Weekday evenings are similarly busy, with recently opened restaurants and bars attracting young people out for a night on the town. But on Saturdays, the Jewish day of rest, the market has traditionally been empty and silent, with the shutters of the stalls rolled down and locked....
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Posted January 29th, 2016
My name is David, I’m 18 years old and from Budapest, Hungary. I take part in a program called Eco-Israel, which is a five-month program on a sustainable community farm near the city of Modi’in. We are a group of eight “Ecos”, living and volunteering together with the local young Israelis.   I chose this program because I was really intrigued by the idea that a community can be self-sufficient and ecological. Here...
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