Masa Israel Journey Blog

August 23, 2010
By Rachel Olstein, Hebrew University of Jerusalem MA in Community Leadership & Philanthropy Studies, Boston
It was only as an adult, working in the non-profit sector, that I at last discovered my real place in the Jewish community – a place that combines my passion for social justice with my love of Jewish values and the State of Israel.
Three years ago, fueled by a desire to arm myself with management skills for this career, I enrolled in an Israel-based Masters program in Community Leadership & Philanthropy Studies. Today, I am the Director of Volunteer Services at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda.
Growing up in a large Jewish community outside of Boston, Judaism was a...
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August 20, 2010
By Laura Marder, University of Haifa
You know you had an unbelievable study abroad experience when it’s time to leave and you’re in a state of shock because your year flew by, exceeding every single one of your expectations. Sounds too good to be true? Well, this was exactly how I felt at the end of my year at Masa Israel’s University of Haifa program.
After my first two years in college, I was ready for a refreshing adventure abroad.  I’d just received my associates degree in education as well as my cosmetology license, and soon planned to move on to Rutgers.  At that point, I was worried that I’d have to choose a career focused on only one of my passions—cosmetology or Jewish Studies, and...
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