Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 11, 2010
Hannah Kotzen, Young Judaea Year Course, Seattle, WA
Just recently was the Nike Tel Aviv Night Run, a 10K through the streets of Tel Aviv. IT WAS AMAZING! Let me preface by saying that I am not a runner whatsoever so the mere fact that I attempted to run the race was incredible. But what was even more incredible is that I finished! And in an hour and 9 minutes might I add.
I’ve never run a 10K before, so I had no idea what to expect, but it was definitely something I’ll never forget. The run started at 8:00 PM in Dizengoff square, located in central Tel Aviv. We got there about 2 hours early to warm up and look at all of the Nike extravaganzas.
Soon the opening ceremony began and out came a bunch of Nike dancers who were doing some sort of dance/run. It was pretty...
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November 10, 2010
Before winter hit, the Masa Israel North American team decided to have a Yom Kef (staff day). Being part of an Israeli organization, we did what any Israelis would do—a hiking trip! We woke up early and headed up to Bear Mountain.
After scaling the rocks, we stopped for a break.
Of course, no staff day would be complete without a snack and a call to our Israel office.
Halfway through the hike, are we having fun yet?
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November 08, 2010
By Jake Shillman, WUJS Intern Tel Aviv, Roslyn, NY
There is a fitting passage written by Yair Lapid in describing my early thoughts on Israel: “It’s the only country where, if you despise politicians, abhor clerks, hate the situation, are disgusted with the taxes, loathe the standard of service, and detest the weather, it’s a sign that you love it.”
My name is Jake Shillman and I was raised in Roslyn, New York. Coming from an active Jewish family in a predominately Jewish town, I attended Hebrew school, had a Bar Mitzvah and frequented synagogue on Shabbat and holidays. I played basketball at the Maccabi games, volunteered at the JCC and lived the stereotypical life of an American Jew. As someone so involved in the American Jewish community, one would be surprised to discover that up until a...
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