Masa Israel Journey Blog

January 09, 2015

First stop on our tour: some really old ruins in Lod! Circa 1000 years ago I think?


By Rebecca Taranto, Israel Way: Eilat Hotel Experience Intern 


Did I mean to say “re-load” instead of "Re-Lod?" No, I did not! Lod (pronounced “load”) is a city in Israel and Re-Lod is the name of a project whose mission is to revitalize the city through the power of the people.

Yesterday with the conference I am currently attending I and about 30 others visited Lod as part of a guided service-learning tour. Our tour guide was Yuval Bdolach, CEO of the Re-Lod Project. The Re-Lod project facilitates student villages in Lod where university students can have a more unique student community experience, dedicating part of their time to servicing their community.


Bdolach told...

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December 30, 2014

By Allie Bernstein, Career Israel Intern


This is Part 2 of a three-part blog series. To read Part 1, click here


Did you know that you – yes, you! – can actually make your dream of spending months in Israel a reality?


How, you may ask? Well, you’ve come to the right series of blog posts. In today’s post, I’ll help you convince that doubtful voice in your head that you can in fact do this.


How To Convince Yourself – you may hear yourself saying…


  • “I’m not brave enough.” Of course you are! Yes, being on your own in a foreign country is a totally bizarre experience, and is not for everyone....
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December 23, 2014

By Matthew Callman, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya


About two weeks ago, over 250 Masa Israel program participants from over 25 countries came together at Hotel Yehuda in Jerusalem for the The Wilf Family Masa Israel Leadership Summit. These five days were full of workshops, lectures, trips, and other interactive activities. The purpose of the summit was to educate the participants and give us the proper tools to become future Jewish leaders. On the last day, in order to tie the summit together, we received an article that lists the seven principles of a Jewish leader. In order to reflect on the summit, I am using those same seven principles to draw the connection between the summit and Jewish leadership.  

Principle 1: Leadership begins with taking responsibility.      
Prior to the conference...

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