Masa Israel Journey Blog

July 22, 2007
By Rachel Schneider, Nativ
While most of my peers are entering college this fall, I am deferring for the year, to participate on Nativ, the Conservative Movement’s year long, post-high school leadership program in Israel for USY alumni.  
Many of the people with whom I speak about my plans are amazed by my “daring” and “brave” decision to live in a foreign country for an entire school year.  The truth is, Israel is not “foreign” to me; Israel has always seemed like a place I could comfortably call home.  This feeling of familiarity has been the basis for my decision to come to Israel. 
Some people might think that I am overly confident about my decision, but the truth is I am nervous.  I am nervous...
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July 03, 2007


By Jess Mauer, OTZMA
I was a late bloomer. I was, and although for some hard to believe, shy. And yes, sadly to admit there were many times of social awkwardness in my younger years. But I knew this way of life was not for me, and I slowly began to develop my identity of self. It started towards the end of high school. But really it wasn’t until college that I really felt it, I was finally – cool.
Once I began to feel comfortable with my individual self, and as everyone does during this large leap of self-awareness, I took on different traits to see how I could further develop Jess. There was Party Jess, Studious Jess, Social Butterfly Jess, Sexy Jess, and to draw in the topic at hand – Jewish Jess.
Now of course each of these strong aspects of my personality have some great and...
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May 21, 2007
By Gabriel Seed, Nativ
As a participant in the Nativ program, I spent the first five months of my program living in the centre of Jerusalem while studying at the Conservative Yeshiva.  Besides enjoying my studies at the Yeshiva, I have also had the chance to become a part of Jerusalem by exploring its streets, shops, restaurants, historic and cultural sites, and more importantly, by giving of my time to make a small contribution to the city and its residents. 
My volunteering has included donating blood with Magen David Adom, sharing Hanukah with the elderly at Yad LaKashish and the residents of Gilo Home for the Handicapped, and most importantly, spending every Friday morning helping out at the Hazon Yeshaya soup kitchen. 
Hazon Yeshaya is one of the largest poverty relief organizations in Israel...
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