Masa Israel Journey Blog

May 26, 2010
By Eriana Rivera-Rozo, Intensive Arabic Semester
It cannot be denied that Israelis have a strong pioneer spirit. It was on the sweat and blood of the many waves of immigrants that this country was founded. Although the days of the first kibbutzim are past, the pioneer flame still burns in the eyes of every Israeli that moves this nation forward toward its economic, political, intellectual and diplomatic betterment. It the large cities of the Merkaz it is easy to see a modern version of the pioneer spirit within the hustle and bustle of start-up companies and fast-paced business.
Some may argue that it is in this area that the fate of the country is forged, but  this would ignore a crucial segment of the population; the Periphery. It is in these areas of the country that the original pioneer spirit of...
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May 21, 2010
A collection of updates covering the intersection of Israel programs, the Jewish world, and international education.


  •  As the year winds down, participants on the Young Judaea Year Course gap year program decided to go out on a high note by orchestrating a ...
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May 12, 2010
By Max Samis, a participant on OTZMA. This is part of his “Krembo Experience” series, highlighting his “only in Israel” moments.
If you've ever been to Jerusalem, you know that Ben Yehuda St. is quite the interesting place. Less of a street than a strip mall, Ben Yehuda is right in the center of the city, and while often populated by Israelis, is a magnet for tourists looking for a souvenir. It can always be a fun (and sometimes frustrating) street to walk along, and since I started working at the Jewish Agency, I often find myself making the 2-minute walk over for lunch, a gift, or just to stroll around.
One of the defining characteristics of Ben Yehuda is that at any time, there are at least 3 or 4 street musicians serenading pedestrians in hopes of being tossed a couple of shekels. Mostly, they are your run-of-the-mill...
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