Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 11, 2015

alt="masa israel alumni fellows jenn handel"A native of North Babylon, NY, Jennifer Handel grew up with limited exposure to a Jewish education or the Jewish world. As a student at the State University of New York at Cortland, Jenn took ownership of her own Jewish journey through her involvement in Hillel.


After graduating with her B.A. in Secondary Education and History in 2007, Jenn returned to Long Island and worked as a high school history teacher.

Since her first trip to Israel on Birthright, Jenn continues to be enlightened by her adventures. When ten days just didn't feel like enough, Jenn signed up for...

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November 04, 2015

By Panni, Masa Tlalim Israel Corps Volunteer


My name is Panni, and I’m 23 years old from Budapest, Hungary. 6 months ago I decided to come to Israel for a Masa Israel program, and now I’m actually here! The project I chose is Masa Tlalim Israel Corps at Kibbutz Harduf, located in the North of Israel. It is part of the Jewish Agency’s “Project TEN: Global Tikkun Olam” initiative. The program’s focus on coexistence and ecological farming really spoke to my interests. They address the Israeli-...

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November 03, 2015

alt="masa israel alumni fellows arya marvazy"Arya Marvazy is a first-generation American born to Iranian-Jewish refugees in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles – or as he likes to call it, Tehrangeles - California.

Most passionate about travel, languages (four and counting), and exploring foreign cultures, Arya earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.A. in Organizational Behavior from New York University while studying abroad in Israel.



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