Masa Israel Journey Blog

December 16, 2015

A native of the Chicago area, Grant Kudert served as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya during the 2012-2013 school year. Prior to his Masa Israel experience, Grant served in AmeriCorps and worked in a variety of educational environments including a school for children with special needs in Evanston, Illinois; two major science museums in Chicago and Seattle; and a first-year charter school in Boston.


Grant currently lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago where he works as a high school educator and coach. His 10-month journey in Israel helped shape both his professional and personal lives as...

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December 11, 2015

Erica Bergstein holds a B.S. in Communications and Public Relations from Towson University and a M.S. in Emergency Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Count, where she founded a partnership between the Jewish Student Association and the University of Maryland Medical Center, as well as the medical school.

As a participant of Masa Israel’s prestigious Israel Government Fellows program, Erica worked as a...

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December 04, 2015

alt="axel angeles"Axel Angeles was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to South Florida at age 11. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in French from the University of South Florida, where he was an active member of Hillel and AEPi. Axel earned his M.A. in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University through Masa Israel Journey.

During his time in Israel, Axel met people from all over the world, which exposed him to a vast range of international perceptions of the Jewish people and Israel. Axel’...

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