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May 04, 2016

 

A Yom Ha’Shoa tribute to my late grandmother (Esther Klein, 1918-2011), who did more than survive Auschwitz and Ravensbruck:  She defeated them.

 

To truly do justice to Esther Klein, I ought to invite you to my kitchen as I tell you about her. I would seat you in the corner on a rickety step stool, play some swing music, and let you peel some potatoes for my soup, or very slowly add the ground nuts into the egg whites for the highest rising Pesach cake in Bayswater, if not all of Queens.

 

While you were on that step stool, I would tell you stories about my childhood and my sisters and my parents, all gone. I would never cry. I would tell you in a way that never scared you or depressed you, but instead compelled you to bring the story forward...

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May 02, 2016

Written by Benjamin Hirschman, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows - Beersheva

 

After University in the states, it seems logical, even a cultural norm, to start your career and gain “valuable experience”. I started this process for about two years at a wonderful company, and very much enjoyed the majority of it. I feel I have a knack and sense of enjoyment for sales, marketing and entrepreneurship and wish to return to a career in the field, eventually. In the meantime, I’m busy doing something I never thought I’d do--teaching English and volunteering in Israel, traveling, and playing on the Israel Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team.

 

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan. 

 

In the...

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April 28, 2016

From a very early age, Gidon Frank has had a strong connection to the Jewish community in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario Canada.

 

A graduate of Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto and Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, Gidon graduated from Brock University in 2011. During his time in university, he helped grow the Jewish Student Association and became very involved with several local Jewish organizations.


With the help of Masa Israel Journey, he spent the 2013-2014 school year in Israel, earning his MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Throughout his time at Hebrew U, Gidon was involved with over 50 different...

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