Masa Israel Journey Blog

February 10, 2010
Last week, the front page of the Chicago Tribune business section had an above-the-fold story reporting on young adults heading abroad for professional experience. And guess what the lede of the story was? That’s right. Opportunities in Israel. Check it out:
By Julie Wernau, Tribune reporter
February 1, 2010
After JPMorgan Chase laid off Adi Clerman as a recruiter in August 2008, the 26-year-old Chicagoan couldn’t find a job — any job.
“I was looking and looking for work and interviewing and interviewing, and nothing was coming,” she said.
So Clerman decided to go abroad. She grabbed a five-month internship in Tel Aviv, Israel, at an American marketing firm through MASA Israel’s Career Israel program, a partnership with the Israeli government that sends young people to the country for work...
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February 01, 2010
Guest post by Masa Israel alumnus Natan Edelsburg
Arriving to Israel in August 2006 to begin my year abroad was an extremely scary and exciting time. I was leaving all my friends and starting a new phase of my life, but I was finally fulfilling my dream of being able to living on my own in Tel Aviv, while working in a communications department. I secured an internship at Greenpeace Tel Aviv where I was given a desk inside the communications department to help the team with their daily tasks.
One of my most memorable experiences in Israel was also the point that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in media and communications. The Second Lebanon War had just ended and a Greenpeace ship had planned on sailing from Lebanon to Haifa, the first communication of any kind between the two countries after the war. Not only did I have the chance to go on the boat, but I also helped to prepare the press packets...
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June 10, 2008
By Sophia Krentzman, Building Future Leadership participant
Shalom everyone. My name is Sophia Krentzman and I am from the state of Massachusetts in the United States of America. I am a third year college student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where my major is Anthropology and I am currently studying abroad at the University of Haifa for this semester.
After two short visits to Israel in 2006 and 2007, once with my family and again on a Taglit Birthright trip, I felt that it was essential for me to take the opportunity to connect on a more personal level with the culture and people of Israel. At this point in my life, I am starting to realize just how important Judaism is to me as a culture, a religion, and a way of life.  I feel that getting to know the...
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