Masa Israel Journey Blog

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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August 30, 2010
By Hannah Heller, Career Israel, West Windsor, NJ
After graduating from Wellesley College last June with a double major in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Jewish Studies, I knew I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in the arts, but I also knew I needed some work experience to help me define my specific path. I enrolled in Career Israel, where I would be able to gain professional experience in the arts with a five-month long internship, practice my Hebrew, and live in Tel Aviv, getting the opportunity to experience Israel like an Israeli.
Having grown up in a Jewish environment in West Windsor, New Jersey, I’d visited Israel a few times before, but never for this long. For my internship I was placed with a start-up organization called Omanoot:...
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August 28, 2010
By Joel Portman, St. Louis, MO, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Year Program
In 2005, I traveled to Poland and Israel with United Synagogue Youth (USY).  The five weeks I spent in Israel were some of the best of my life.  But the experience I’d had wasn’t enough:  I wanted more, and I knew I would have to return. So, in 2008, I spent a semester studying at Masa Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev. And I loved every minute of it.
I was a student at the University of Denver when I decided to spend my Junior year abroad in Israel. Seventy percent of the undergraduate students there study abroad – so I knew I would be spending part of Junior year in another country. And choosing where to go was easy for me – I knew I had to be in...
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