Masa Israel Journey Blog

May 08, 2014
By Caroline Frank, Career Israel
 
-”I came to Israel to start my international career. I wanted to immerse myself in a foreign culture, hone my hebrew skills and really see what it was like to be an Israeli while meeting new and exciting people from around the world along the way.”
 
-”Living in Tel Aviv, and being a published writer here – that is going to benefit me for the rest of my life.”
 
In the past three months I have had many opportunities to share my voice through my writing and paint Israel as the incredibly diverse, wonderful country she is. I have celebrated many Shabbats and chaggim (holidays) here with new friends from across the globe, although none were more awe-inspiring than this week’s commemoration and celebration of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha...
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May 07, 2014
By Darya Watnick, Yahel Social Change
 
At this point in my life, my commitment to Judaism is mostly expressed through social justice and volunteering. When deciding what to do after graduating from college, I realized that I wanted to spend some time in Israel doing something that would enable me to connect to my Jewish heritage.
 
As a product of the Reform movement, the majority of my connection to the Jewish religion is through mitzvot and tikkun olam. Judaism is more than just observance of holidays and traditions. It is about being a good person and taking care of other people and the world around me.
 
Yahel is one of the ways I express my commitment to Judaism and social justice. To me, my work with Ethiopian Israelis is more than just coming into the community and helping out. It is about...
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