Masa Israel Journey Blog

May 21, 2007


By Alena Klimenko, Kesem al Yam Kinneret
When you're in the sky you feel like all the world is yours. "All the world," it sounds so magnificent. But what is the deeper meaning to this statement? Can the entire world become your home?
It is a special moment when you finally decide what your idea of home is for you. Your home feels like a castle where you are safe from the rest of the world. When defining home you must ask yourself, '"is home your birthplace or something more spiritual?"
Home - where you always smile.
Home - where you can come to your corner and cry.
Home – Your place.
For me, the feeling of a warm home and a spiritual home is not one in the same. I realized that I wasn't satisfied with what I had until I went on a trip to Israel.
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December 28, 2006


By Eliza Croen, Israel Service Corps (ie Oranim Community Involvement)
Living and volunteering in Ramla as Israel Service Corps’ pioneer group has been a challenging and rewarding 5-month experience.  We have had the opportunity to design our own projects while immersing ourselves within this welcoming Israeli community.  Koach Bananot started just like any other project: as an idea.  It was a thought shared between my roommate, Gabi, and myself about how we could incorporate our passions for women’s empowerment while we were here in Ramla. Gabi’s work with the Vagina Monologues and her strong background in theatre coupled with my work in Women’s Studies and women’s rights activism in college prepared us for our empowerment project.  
We wanted to...
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December 12, 2006


"Long-term programs address an aspect of Jewish identity that American Jewry is less capable of strengthening outside of Israel:  the notion of peoplehood."  
By Rabbi Lee Buckman
Birthright Israel is about to reach its 100,000th participant on their 10-day free Israel trips designed for 18-25 year olds.  This is a spectacular accomplishment for Israel and the Jewish people.  
Anyone who has been to Israel knows how transformational the experience can be.  The 730 participants on the Federation Mission can attest to that.  Imagine the impact on 100,000 college students who had never been on a peer-based Israel trip.
Now the State of Israel is going one step further.  They have created an annual fund of $100 million, administered by a company called Masa, to double the number of...
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