Masa Israel Journey Blog

March 19, 2013
By Tamara Raynor Cote, Israel Teaching Fellows
What does it take to make a leader? To take someone uninformed, unengaged and unmotivated and turn them into a spark of hope for an entire community?
Hard work and dedication play their part -- it's certainly not an easy task and leadership, as most believe, stems partially from your belief in yourself and partially from the belief others have in your potential. So how do you get others to believe not only in you but in their own internal strengths?
To begin with I think having a great network of supportive and like-minded individuals surrounding you invigorates you beyond comparison. The Masa Leadership Summit aimed to do just this. To...
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March 19, 2013
Officially, our days usually start around 8:30am, unless we have commitments further out of down which requires getting up earlier. However, wake-up is somewhere between 7 and 8 for us, when we hop (or stumble) out of bed, gather around the electric kettle, and assemble breakfast and lunch.
We have intensive Hebrew instruction, or Ulpan, twice a week at 8:30. Other mornings are typically spent on-site on projects: these first few weeks, we’ve focused on historic mortars and have been working with traditional lime mortars, repointing stone work, recording damage, or in a conservation lab. We have an hour for lunch (making it yourself is cheaper) before an afternoon of topical lectures. Many lectures are given by pre-eminent Israeli experts in their fields, ranging from the history of...
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