Masa Israel Journey Blog

February 23, 2017

Julie Smelansky has recently been hired as Masa Israel's Project Manager in the U.S. office. Julie hails from Minnesota and is an asset to our partnerships division.


Favorite City: Florence, Italy
Favorite Snack: Chicago Mix Popcorn
Favorite Book: I love the Dan Brown books
The Best Book You've Ever Read: Catch 22
Here's a little more about Julie:

Julie is excited to be joining the Masa team as Project Manager for our Partnerships and Business Development departments. Julie joins us from the Jewish Agency where she was the Summer...

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February 12, 2017
By Alicia Schneider, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow, Rishon Letzion
Read more by Alicia on her personal blog.

Maybe it’s the kibbutznik foundation of the place, or maybe it has something to do with the teamwork ideals instilled during formative years in the IDF, but if Israel were an individual on the introvert-extrovert spectrum, it would undeniably fall under the latter. With that being said, Israel is still a place that attracts everyone, introverts and extroverts alike, so what is it about this land that manages to bring introverted people to an intimidating extroverted country and have them settle in comfortably?


A few months ago I moved to Israel, and while I had a few concerns such as the level of my Hebrew and the funds in my bank, I didn’t think to account for the overall personality differences between Canadian and Israeli society...

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January 31, 2017

By Roxanna Donay, Nativ College Leadership Program alumna


Roxanna Donay

Me (right) and a friend from Nativ

(Credit: Roxanna Donay)


“I’m not going home; I’m leaving home.”


With tears streaming down my face, these were the words I uttered as my El AL flight took off from Ben Gurion airport after my incredible gap year experience in Israel.


I had just spent nine months in my newfound home away from home, and as I headed to college, my life was changed forever. On the...

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