Masa Israel Journey Blog

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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November 28, 2007
By David E. Kaplan
For young adults fresh out of college, the world is an oyster. Before finding a fulltime job, taking a mortgage and joining the daily grind, thousands of college graduates choose to head to the four corners of the world to discover and explore.
"It's an extension of our education," one could say, whether standing in Trafalgar square, on the upper peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro or on the sunny deck on a yacht in the Mediterranean.
And if that college graduate is Jewish, the most obvious and enriching option is Israel. Who knows how that could change his or her life?
"Did you see the recent article in Haaretz on WUJS weddings?" asks Alon Friedman, the director of the WUJS Institute in Arad. "Yes, they had a whole piece and photos of college graduates who met their future partners at WUJS....
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