What Is There To Do In Arad?

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By Becca Feldman, Huntingdon Valley, PA, Young Judaea Year Course
 
The question is always asked:  what is there to do in Arad?  Truthfully, Arad is a small town with a limited amount of activities but a lot of spirit and opportunity. A few weeks ago my friends and I decided we wanted to go on a hike to the Dead Sea. We met with Eli, the coordinator of Arad for Year Course, and received a map.
 

Of Buses, Hamantashen, Coca Cola and Aliyah

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By Sarah Samole, Midreshet Harova
 
Many people visit Israel and often return home with the notion that they will one day return to this beautiful country again—as tourists.
 
As such, I considered ditching the “year in Israel” plan in favour of starting university, but I was steered forward by the unusual (and accidental) deferral of admission I received from my specialized university program coupled with the appeal of Midreshet
 

Masa Shabbaton: Leaving the American Bubble

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By Zoe Goldstein-McKay, Medford, NJ, Young Judaea Year Course
 
This past weekend, I was invited to a Shabbaton by Masa. The idea was to bring American and Israeli teens together to get to know and discuss with each other about issues pertaining to Israel.
 
The weekend started with a friendly game of paintball.
 

Masa project and the Partnership Department

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By Shiran Bittan, Israeli participant in Masa Israel'Community's Mifgashim initiative
 
Hi, my name is Shiran Bittan, 22 years old from Sedot Negev regional council, 4 years active in the Partnership. I would like to share with you my last experience in a joint program between various Partnerships youth and Masa project participants.
 

My Ongoing Transformation

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By Jenna Neulander, Yahel Social Change Program
 
A year ago, I never saw myself here doing what I am doing today. I pretty much "fell into" this program. As I sat in the living room of my parents house I felt like I was on the verge of becoming a complete failure. I had just graduated from college with no steady job waiting or Ivy League graduate programs begging me to apply.
 

A New Year, A New Community

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By Chris Khoury, Michigan State University student, studying abroad at the Rothberg International School – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
Rosh Hashanah. The new year. This was the first time that I observed the holiday, and being in Jerusalem made it all the more incredible. The holiday was eerily appropriate, coinciding with the start of my year-long study abroad in Jerusalem—truly the start of very new year for me.
 

Young Judaea Arts Track Visits Ein Hod

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By Rebecca Ehrmann, Buffalo Grove, IL; Section 2 chanicha on Young Judaea Year Course
 
Those of us on the arts track recently had an overnighter in Ein Hod, an artistic community.
 

Pardes Week 1: Orientation

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By Derek Kwait (First published on his blog for “The Jewish Chronicle” of Pittsburgh, Yinzer in Yerushalayim, 9 September 2011)
 
Sunday was orientation at Pardes. The getting-to-know-you introductions at the beginning made one thing clear straight-away—this is a place of diversity.
 

Celebrate like a local: festivals during Sukkot 2011

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Growing up, you might have celebrated Sukkot by going to your family, friends’, or synagogue’s sukkah, shaking the lulav and etrog, and eating outside under the stars. But if you are spending this Sukkot in Israel, there’s no reason to stay confined to your backyard—use the whole country as your sukkah!
 

Seven unique ways to spend the chagim in Israel

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Every time we ask alumni of Masa Israel programs what the best part of their semester or year was in Israel, the same things are repeated over and over: freedom to explore Israel on their own, Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) and the other national holidays in the spring, and thechagim—the High Holidays.
 
It’s no wonder.