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Posted July 30th, 2015
Benjamin Winik and Samantha Sisisky in Tel Aviv   Just weeks into her Masa Israel Journey, Samantha Sisisky, 25, found herself lost in a new city in a new country. Little did she know she was about to find her future husband, Ben Winik, 24.   A participant of then Gedera-based Yahel Social Change Program, Samantha had traveled to Rishon LeZion, to visit a friend who was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in the city.   “My friend...
Posted July 29th, 2015
Jessica Band and Jonathan Gerafi in northern Israel   In September 2011, WUJS Israel participants Jessica Band, 26, and Jonathan Gerafi, 28, lived in the same city, in the same building, just one floor apart. Yet, they never spoke to one another during their first month in Tel Aviv. A month later, their friends went out on the town and the two strangers, who both happened to stay in for the night, met by chance and have been together ever...
Posted July 8th, 2015
By Tanya Loss, Destination Israel   If you had asked me years ago where I saw myself in the future, I would have never thought my answer would be Israel.   My journey to Israel began about a year and a half ago, when a friend told me to check out the Masa Israel Journey website for potential post-college plans. Little did I know that clicking a few buttons on the homepage, along with a few convincing phone calls, would change my life...
Posted June 19th, 2015
As programs wind down and Masa Israel participants prepare to head home, here are a few ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts to pick up before heading to the airport:   1. A cheesy tourist t-shirt   via israeli-T It’s not his fault that Masa Israel wasnt around when he was younger, but he can still look like one of the cool kids.   2. A kippa that makes a statement   From sports mascots, to cartoon...