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February 12, 2008
Pardes participant Rebecca Zimmerman shares her experience on being in the eye of the international storm surrounding President Bush's latest visit to Israel, as well as her feelings concerning the level of involvement international players insist upon having in Israeli affairs. 
This past January, President Bush came into down. Boy was it nuts. Downtown streets were closed and most of the hotels in town were booked. I constantly heard the sound of helicopters humming throughout the day and a surveillance blimp hovered over the city. While our neck of the woods didn't feel Bush's presence as much, we went out of our way to avoid the center of town. We were planning to leave Jerusalem for the weekend, but decided that with all of the road closings taking place, we would stay put. You would think I would be used to...
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February 06, 2008
Women from six different Masa Orthodox programs took part in Masa's 60 Years of Israel, 100 years of Zionism Shabbaton over the weekend of January 11th-12th.  Through lectures, discussion sessions and tours, participants analyzed the history of the Religious Zionist Movement and delved into the complexities of their personal connection with the State of Israel.
The main goal of the Shabbaton was to deepen participants’ understanding of the Religious Zionist movement and the changes the ideology has undergone over the years, while allowing participants to explore their own conception of Zionism and the State of Israel.  
Participants took part in several discussion sessions that revolved around keynote speakers and contemporary issues relevant to the Religious Zionist Movement, while raising questions that focused on their personal connection with Zionism and the Land of Israel, including...
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February 03, 2008
By John B. Boshoven, President of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling
I worry when a student comes to me and announces, "I am going to take a year off before college" unless the student has a definite plan for the year. Studies and empirical evidence highlight the virtues of "gap years" with programs that are organized, focused, and goal oriented. Rather than calling this year a "year off," I prefer to call it a "year on.”
Masa (meaning journey) Israel and the Avi Chai Foundation generously sponsored a recent mission to Israel for a group of national college counselors.  We visited five of Israel's seven universities, several "gap-year" programs, and a few yeshivot.
The mission inspired...
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