Masa Israel Journey Blog

February 23, 2014
By Allie Freedman, WUJS Israel 

In five months, I went from unemployed college graduate to Jerusalem Post reporter. Clutching my newly minted college degree in my hands, I nervously mulled over my future. All I knew was that I wanted to travel and I wanted to write. As a passionate Zionist, the idea of living in Israel enticed me. Finally, I enrolled in the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) program to live and work in Tel Aviv, Israel.
My relationship with WUJS started before I was born. If it was not for WUJS, I would not be here. Literally. In 1983, my American mother and British father met on the WUJS program in Arad. Now, it was my turn to live in Israel.
On September 8, I kissed my parents and brother goodbye and headed toward Tel Aviv. After ten sleepless hours of movies and stale...
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February 19, 2014
By Hannah Turner, Israel Service Fellows

The first weekend of February held our second Ma’ase Bemifgash conference—an incredible coming together of all of Mercaz Ma’ase’s volunteers, this time in Jerusalem. Together with
our 600+ Israeli peers, Ma’ase Olam spent two days discussing Israeli Society in small groups. The seminar began with an opening speech by new Ma’ase CEO Yossi Malka. His speech, first summarized for us in English, emphasized the importance of recognizing the economic disparities present in Israeli society. Despite our varied backgrounds and placements, what bonds all Ma’ase volunteers together is our commitment to empowering Israel’s periphery populations. I had the personal honor of reading short welcoming remarks in English, alongside Hebrew- and Arabic-speaking volunteers, and with that the conference began!...
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