Masa Israel Journey Blog

August 06, 2013
 
 
My name is Natanya Meyer and I am repairing the world. Today is Wednesday and I am walking to my "Moadonit" activity center, balancing a sack full of art supplies between my arms and my bright blue guitar on my back. When I arrive, 16 eager children run to the gate to greet me, clapping their hands, and chanting their favorite song, as they do every week since I began more than six months ago. I smile and marvel at their remarkable memory. Today is music day. 
 
As a Chicago-area native who benefitted from a strong upbringing in the Reform movement, spending my year in Israel was the natural "next step" after University. My love of Judaism and passion for the Jewish community is powerfully connected to Tikkun Olam, our social responsibility...
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August 01, 2013
By Samantha Sisisky, Yahel Social Change Program
 
I’m entering my last week in Gedera, and I’m not sure how to feel about it.  This weekend, we had our final group Shabbat weekend.  We ate a beautiful, delicious, watermelon-themed Shabbat dinner together, spent time at the beach and even received “awards” (does anyone else think I have a flair for the overdramatic?).  As everyone in my house now knows, I love when things come full circle.  Not only do I love full circles, I need them.  I feel that it’s the only way to get the closure I need to move onto the next chapter of my life.  Having this final Shabbat echoed our first Shabbat as a group, in September.  I led an activity during that Shabbat that we closed up this past weekend.
 
During our first group Shabbat, I...
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