Masa Israel Journey Blog

March 20, 2014
by Lisa Motenko
This past summer I left Berkeley Hillel, where I was on staff for four amazing years, to head to Israel.  I didn’t grow up in Jewish day school, or have extensive experience in Israel – so my time had come to spend a year immersing myself in Jewish text and living in the land of milk and honey. My goal for studying with the Pardes Experiential Educators Program was to take experiential education programs to a higher level by infusing them with real Jewish content and meaning. I have found this year in Israel to be challenging, inspiring, overwhelming, and comforting at the same time.
When approached to be the madricha for the new Masa-Hillel Fellowship, I jumped at the opportunity to take what I am learning in class into the real world. This six month professional development fellowship combines both theory and practice to prepare current Masa Israel participants to start...
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March 19, 2014
Bummed you missed this year's TribeFest in NOLA? Check out this play-by-play from our awesome alumni who live-tweeted throughout the conference!
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