Masa Israel Journey Blog

June 16, 2010
Masa Israel programs in Israel usually culminate with goodbye parties, reflective sessions and a strong feeling of pride for one’s experience. One Masa Israel program, however, has decided to make one last impression on Israel before they finish their program. Hakfar Hayarok is home to the Because We Care program. Participants in the program volunteer in the kfar teaching English enrichment courses, tutoring students in English and working on the farm. Above that, they have created projects and programs for the students including movie nights, a rugby team, hip hop dancing, trivia nights and scavenger hunts.
As they began to think about where their paths were leading to, program director Lori Schaefer Bacher came to them in a meeting and said, “What about a summer camp?” They began discussing the details of running a summer camp, and the more they talked, the more they realized that they had...
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May 28, 2010

A collection of updates covering the intersection of Israel programs, the Jewish world, and international education.




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May 27, 2010
by Sarit Tolzis, Cleveland, OH, Young Judaea Year Course alum
For as long as I can remember, spending a year in Israel after graduation was considered an automatic norm. I attended a modern-Orthodox Jewish Day School in Cleveland that teaches Judaic Studies as part of its curriculum, and where almost all the students spend a year in Israel before college. I had been to Israel several times before: I had trekked up Masada at sunrise with friends, enjoyed the sun of the Eilat beach with siblings, and solemnly paraded to the Kotel on Shavuot night with family.
Typically, girls from my community attend seminaries. But when senior year approached, I realized that I didn’t want to attend a yeshiva in an American neighborhood with American teachers and...
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