Masa Israel Journey Blog

October 19, 2010
By Tali Gur Arye, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A few days before the craziness that comes with the beginning of any school year, Masa Israel held an intensive two day training for staff working with overseas students at universities around Israel. The purpose of this seminar was twofold—to provide tangible tools and an in-depth exploration of the nature of our work with foreign students, and to create a network of professional contacts which we could then call upon throughout the year. And of course, the fun was not forgotten!
The seminar included multiple interactive sessions where experts were brought in to discuss a variety of topics. One of the...
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October 18, 2010
Growing up in Deerfield, Illinois, Shabbat dinners at Teri Herbstman’s home always ended with the singing of the Hatikvah.  “I remember spending one Shabbat at a friend’s home where they didn’t sing it and suddenly realizing that it wasn’t in the siddur,” says Teri. 

“My parents’ decision to end our family’s shabbos service with Hatikvah as well as seeing their involvement in many Jewish organizations definitely helped instill a sense of Zionism in me.

A regular at Bnai Tikvah synagogue and the annual AIPAC conference, Teri served on the executive board of Cornell’s pro-Israel group, bringing Shimon Peres to campus.
When she traveled to Israel with Birthright at age 19, Teri extended her trip to volunteer with Ethiopian immigrants in Kiryat Gat, Chicago’s...
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October 15, 2010
Now that the chagim are over, you’ve finally started a regular schedule, whether it’s studying, interning, or volunteering (or a combination of those). But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of your weekends and explore Israel!
Supplement your program’s siyyurim with your own—as any Israeli will tell you, there is no better way to get to know the country than to go out and explore it yourself. Here are six things you can do to make the most of your free time in Israel.
  1. Create your own hummus tour We challenge you to find the best hummus in all of Israel! Ask Israeli friends for advice, or walk around to find the hidden gems. For an extra challenge, find a recipe and try making your own. If you need a few hints on where to start, we recommend Abu Chasan in Jaffa (also known as Ali Caravan), Chumus Said in Acco, and...
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