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Posted September 21st, 2015
There’s nothing quite like the High Holidays – or, as the locals call them, the chagim – in Israel.   Generally considered the most important holiday of the year, Yom Kippur is a particularly unique day to spend in Israel. Here are just four ways in which Yom Kippur is different in Israel:   1. The Country Practically Shuts Down Photo Credit: Adriane Cooper “In Israel, EVERYTHING SHUTS DOWN. Last night we...
Posted September 9th, 2015
  Love it or hate it, nothing says Rosh Hashanah like gefilte fish.   You may have thought apples, honey, round challah, and maybe even pomegranates were the only symbolic foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah. However, fish is a long-standing and lesser-known part of the customary Rosh Hashanah meal - for more than one reason. Many people eat the head of a fish and pray that they and their family may be like the head and not the tail, that...
Posted August 10th, 2015
Be’er Sheva is an oasis of cool in the hot Negev desert. Study abroad or earn your master’s degree at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and experience what this unique city offers: 1. Student Life   via Ben-Gurion University Student Union Ben-Gurion University is located in the heart of the Be’er Sheva, making this fast-growing city a hub for students and young adults. Known for its vibrant campus life and warm,...
Posted July 31st, 2015
After arriving in Asheklon in September 2009, Allison Wolkin Samis and Max Samis met during the Hebrew immersion placement exam for their Masa Israel Journey volunteer experience. Neither of the two strangers knew much Hebrew. They didn’t even have to wait for their test results to find out that they were placed in kita aleph, the beginners’ class. So, they left the exam and headed to their first volunteer project. The new...
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