Masa Israel Journey Blog

April 11, 2014
A group of young professionals in Tel Aviv are taking Shabbat to the next level. White City Shabbat, in conjunction with the Am Yisrael Foundation, is planning the World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner to attempt gain recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records. The dinner will be held in Spring 2014 at the Tel Aviv Port and will be 100% Kosher and uphold the highest levels of shomer Shabbos. We recently spoke with Washington, D.C.-native Victoria Kimmerling of the Am Yisrael Foundation via e-mail about the event, interning in Israel, and singular nature of Shabbat. 
Why did you want to intern in Israel through Masa Israel Journey? What led you to get involved with the Am Yisrael Foundation?
I had come to Israel a few times since I...
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April 08, 2014
While living in Israel, Masa participants engage in all facets of Israeli society. This is one intern's take on the nature of the Israeli policy.
By Celina Nieman, Israel Government Fellows
It is Friday at three in the afternoon in Har Hatzofim, Jerusalem. I’ve missed the last bus into the city. For the sake of religion and tradition, a public service has been shut down. The entire country is now deprived of affordable and reliable regularly scheduled transportation for twenty-five hours.
As part of a ten month fellowship program sponsored by Masa Israel in conjunction with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, I live in the university residences located on the French Hill, while interning in a governmental ministry. The other Fellows and I work and...
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