Masa Israel Journey Blog

June 17, 2016

By Rachel Greenberg, Nativ alumna


When the plane touched down in Israel, I could not have imagined the impact my gap year would have on my eighteen year old self. Nativ College Leadership Program is a nine month academic gap year program for Jewish high school graduates dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means “path” in Hebrew, provides a unique opportunity to explore new directions on the journey to becoming a Jewish adult. The year is divided into multiple parts, learning, traveling, volunteering, and seminars. My experience was comprised of studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and volunteering on Kfar Hasidim....

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June 17, 2016

We know it can be hard for alumni and parents to keep up with the news in Israel, so we've collected some of this week's top headlines for you:


Reuters: Israel Elected to Head Permanent U.N. Committee for First Time


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Israel on Monday won an election to chair the United Nations' legal committee, the first time that it will head one of the world body's six permanent committees since joining the U.N. in 1949.


While it is a largely...

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June 16, 2016

In the world of sport, Israel is best known for its elite basketball program, featuring Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel-Aviv, and serving as a popular destination for aspiring professional players to develop their skills. However, did you know that Israel had a baseball program? That’s right. For the past 25 years, the Israel Association of Baseball (IAB) has been developing the sport across the entire country. And as the country grows, so does its interest in baseball.




According to Henry Rosenbloom of The Jerusalem Post, the IAB boasts 850 participants in its ever expanding league, catapulting from 590 players in 2013 and 750 in 2014. There are 5 different leagues...

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