Masa Israel Journey Blog

September 03, 2010
 
By Daniel Rotman, Career Israel, Toronto, Canada
 
My first images of Israel are from TV clips during the Intifada in 2001: Israeli gunships were shown hovering over modern day ruins.  This was all I knew of the land that my parents had defended in their teens and left soon after for a different life in Canada. Then, after over 25 years in Canada, re-living old fears, they second guessed our upcoming family trip.  Too young to realize the impact of my statement, I told them, “If we don’t go now, we will never go.”
 
Growing up in Toronto, Canada, and raised by secular Israeli Jews, my identity was something of an enigma. My family was not a part of any Jewish community nor Canadian community. It wasn’t until my years at York University that I began to seriously inquire as to whom I was. I felt...
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September 01, 2010
By Arielle Miller, Teach and Study Program (TASP), Los Angeles
 
After graduating from UC Berkeley and traveling to Israel with Birthright Israel, I knew that while I needed more time in Israel, I also needed to start developing my career.   On the Masa Israel Journey-accredited Teach and Study Program (TASP), I not only earned a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and gained competitive skills for the job market, but I also became a contributing member of Israeli society. I stayed in Israel after the program ended and today I work at an educational publishing house in Israel.
 
Though my father is Israeli, I did not grow up speaking Hebrew and I first arrived in Israel as a tourist. Upon returning to the...
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