Masa Israel Journey Blog

August 03, 2010
 
 
While helping female Bedouin teenagers prepare for English college entrance exams through Masa Israel at Ben Gurion University (BGU) in the Negev in August 2008, I met Nesma.  In the coming weeks, I tutored Nesma in English by using Hebrew and Arabic to explain English vocabulary or grammatical constructions.  Despite our religious, cultural, and national differences, Nesma and I developed a friendship.  As we spoke Hebrew, Arabic, and English, Nesma and I soon learned about each other’s lives and families, mine in New York City and hers in a small Bedouin village near Be’er Sheva.
 
Nesma and I engaged in the type of dialogue that I have strived to cultivate for my entire life.  Growing up, my...
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July 30, 2010
 
By Aimee Weiss, Midwest Regional Director for Masa Israel and USD Hagshama
 
After staffing a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip this past summer, my inbox was flooded with an onslaught of Facebook photo tags. Participants proudly displayed photos of their Israel experience for all to ogle. Their photographs tell the story better than any words can–except, maybe, their attempts to come up with Facebook photo albums titles that capture the spirit of their experience in 65 characters or less.
 
How do you describe such an intense trip in one pithy phrase? For anyone who’s had a transformative Israel experience, you know this is just short of impossible. From inside jokes to kitschy statements, participants sure are creative! Here are some of my favorite Facebook album titles. Please enjoy!
 
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July 28, 2010
 
Allie Darrow of California spent five months interning at a microbrewery in Tel Aviv on Career Israel.
 
Israel has a magnetic effect on Allie Darrow.
 
Growing up in the Reform movement in the Bay Area, she first caught a whiff of Israeli culture through a synagogue youth group leader.
 
So when she had a chance to visit Israel for herself on a Birthright trip in 2009 she jumped at the chance. After that she was hooked.
 
“I’ve always wanted to come to Israel,” said the 25-year-old Californian who recently completed a five-month Career Israel program, one of the more than 180...
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