Masa Israel Journey Blog

January 07, 2008
By Josh Spiro, Tel Aviv University
A recent talk by popular Israeli authors Etgar Keret and Alona Kimhi drew students to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem from as far as Haifa, Be'er Sheva, Tel Aviv and Arad, through rain that would have made Noah double-check his caulking. If the students were expecting unorthodox opinions, they were not disappointed. At one point, Keret characterized the ties between Diaspora and Israeli Jews as being "like an S & M relationship."
"[There are people who say] we serve in the army, and if not for Israel there would be pogroms in Wisconsin. I find this attitude annoying. There should be a dialogue between us. We are like brothers who have a lot to learn from each other."
The unofficial...
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December 31, 2007
Building Future Leadership participant Ella Spivack reflects on her experience at the seminar series, a Masa Israel Community program devoted to the building and enabling of future Jewish leadership.  During the course of the seminar, each participant developed their own personal project to which they applied the skills, support and exposure gained through their experience at the BFL seminar.  
A few weeks ago I was talking with Jonathan Rulnick, the Educational Director at WUJS Arad, about the BFL seminar.  After I explained my project, he asked me a question.  "What did they do at this seminar to get you to actually develop a project?"
I immediately understood his question. I've been to numerous seminars and workshops in the U.S. with a similar aim - to...
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December 03, 2007
By Erin Kopelow
Liliya Dudnik, 23, first came to Israel from her home in Belarus on Sar-El, a three-week program that gives participants an intensive taste of life in the Israeli army, including drills, running, and pushups.  Looking back Liliya comments with a grin, "It wasn’t fun for any of us, but I’m really happy I did it."
Wanting a deeper experience of the country, Liliya decided to come back to Israel on Career Israel, an attractive option for the post-graduate due to the level of independence granted to the participants. 
"In addition, the independent framework of the program will allow you to experience real life in Israel. This is a wonderful opportunity for college/ university graduates looking to prepare for graduate school and/or for...
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