Masa Israel Journey Blog

October 14, 2010
By Jessica Louise, Boston, Kibbutz Ulpan
I grew up always being the lone Jewish girl. I would be the one who always missed school in September for the High Holidays, who would always be asked to explain “my peoples’  special holiday” to the class, and of course, the one who was always asked “so really, why did you guys kill Jesus?”  
I suppose it didn’t help that I spent my high school years attending an all girls Catholic school south of Boston where my lack of Irish step dancing and red hair made me stand out like a sore thumb. It was always this wanting for a Jewish community that motivated me to someday find one; I just didn’t know where to search.
Additionally, freshman year had been a rough year for me and I felt myself...
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October 11, 2010
By Ariel Bigio, Young Judaea Year Course madricha
For my first blog post, I wanted to introduce myself and share why I chose to work with Year Course. My name is Ariel Bigio and I am originally from Rockville, Maryland. I attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and my first trip to Israel was with my senior class on the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program. This trip had a momentous impact on my life and truly ignited my passion and interest for Israel.
While several of my classmates signed up for Year Course, I chose to go straight to the University of Maryland for my freshman year. To this day, I have distinct memories of sitting in my dorm room reading the emails from my friends on Year Course about their many adventures, experiences, and new memories...
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October 07, 2010
By Alex Kadis, Otzma, Cleveland, OH
Somehow a month has already passed us by. In that time, we’ve been taught about our history and our faith, helped each other overcome our fears, “rode” camels, floated in the Dead Sea, practiced yoga, attended a rally, hiked to a waterfall, moved into merkaz klita (absorption center) Beit Canada, began studying Hebrew together, watched the sun rise over the Old City in Jerusalem, welcomed in the new year, ate massive amounts of food with our new host families, celebrated a couple birthdays (Jason Winkler and Shauna Gamsey), and witnessed the serenity of Jerusalem on Yom Kippur. Perhaps most importantly, we’ve become a family.
Our introduction to Israel was fast-paced, exciting and highly varied. On our very first group hike, we helped fellow group members overcome their fears of very,...
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