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Posted June 3rd, 2015
  By Jennifer Blitz, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Petach Tikvah alumna     If it wasn’t for a doting mother looking for a pair of board shorts for her son, the extent of my Hebrew knowledge might still be “Shalom.”   Having just earned my master’s degree in childhood education I spent the summer of 2013 applying for a myriad of teaching positions in New York City. My daily sense of panic in regards...
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Posted June 2nd, 2015
By Jennifer Blitz, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Petach Tikvah alumna   If it wasn’t for a doting mother looking for a pair of board shorts for her son, the extent of my Hebrew knowledge might still be “Shalom.”  Having just earned my master’s degree in childhood education I spent the summer of 2013 applying for a myriad of teaching positions in New York City. My daily sense of panic in regards to my future...
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Posted May 27th, 2015
Growing up in Baltimore, Blake Yospa, 26, felt connected to Judaism through the Reform synagogue where his mother worked and he attended Hebrew school. However, after his ar mitzvah, Blake grew less affiliated.   "Being part of a religious minority, I considered myself an outcast,” Blake explains.   However, that all changed in the winter of 2014, when Blake traveled to Israel for the first time with Birthright-Taglit Israel...
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Posted May 26th, 2015
  By Danielle Meyers, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Be’er Sheva     A handful of Israeli fifth graders file into a small room and choose their seats at one of the two-top tables in front of them.   I smile at them with a million dollar American smile. “Welcome to English class!” They shyly smile back, knowing they’ve been specially chosen to take part in my classroom activity. In about 30 seconds, I...
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