Masa Israel Journey Blog

October 06, 2010
By Amy Schmidt, Young Judaea Year Course, Los Angeles, CA
Shalom from Israel! My name is Amy and I’m a Year Course participant from Southern California.  I decided to do the Culinary Track because, as a long-time lover of food, I wanted to learn as much about it as I possibly could, and after only a few weeks, I can say I’ve absolutely made the right choice!
The Culinary Track began in the way that I personally believe that everything should begin: with a good meal and good conversation with people who share similar interests. Though we were told immediately of the delicious adventures in store for us, I don’t think any of us could have foreseen them.  I can’t really describe the feeling of excitement that seized me when we first arrived at the famous Machane...
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October 05, 2010
In an Israeli “dance village,” students test their boundaries and discover peace of mind. One dancer reports.For a tiny country, Israel spawns a whole lot of contemporary dance. Last fall, Elena Hecht, a native of NYC and Barnard College graduate, traveled halfway across the globe for a year of total immersion in movement, nature, and kibbutz culture. Here she reflects on the transformative Dance Journey experience:
There are not many places in the world where high-level dance training and nature converge. But imagine a tranquil community where students live side by side with the renowned choreographer whose work they are studying, as well as the seasoned professionals in his company.
A home to studios with...
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October 04, 2010
By Max Gelb, New York, NY, Kibbutz Ulpan
My first glimpse of the flourishing green olive groves amid the dry and sandy Negev confirmed exactly why I wanted to live on Kibbutz Revivim.  Growing up in bustling Manhattan, I was always interested in experiencing life in a more tranquil and geologically different environment.  When I learned that Masa Israel’s Kibbutz Ulpan program would allow me to accomplish this while simultaneously pursuing my interests in Israel and Hebrew, I decided that the Kibbutz Ulpan at Revivim was right for me.
Prior to my participation in the Kibbutz Ulpan during the winter of 2009, my only experience in Israel had been my Birthright trip two years before.  After Birthright, I...
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