In The Heart of the Holy Land

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The Rabbinical School of Hebrew Union College requires a year of study in Israel in order to foster an intimate relationship with the land that bears our peoples’ name.
 
It is an interesting social experiment, a country run by Jews, built on Jewish values, with a people who are constantly in conflict.
 
 

The British Israel Teaching Fellow

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By Orrie Appell, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows - Ma'ase Olam
 
When applying to become part of the Israel Teaching Fellows programme, way back when, I initially had a very tough decision to make, but Ma’ase Olam made it very easy.
 
Of all the cities offering a place to house me over the next ten months to assist in teaching English and other volunteering projects, Ma’ase Olam took
 

Direction - A Poem

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By Benson Ansell, Yahel Social Change

 

Direction

 

So Yahel has traveled North,

Guided on our journey forth,

 

Where I’m Supposed to be

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By Israel Katz, Yeshivat Lev HaTorah
 
We were standing on a hill, looking down at the Valley of Elah, and my Rabbi started telling us the story of the battle between David and Goliath as if we were suppose to relate to it somehow. 
 
Then he pointed down and said “The valley down there, that’s where David and Goliath fought.” 
 
All of a sudden I realized the uniqueness of Israel.
 

Masa Israel Participant Max Gottlieb: Being In Israel Brought Me Back To Music

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Max Gottlieb is an aspiring singer-guitarist-songwriter from Philadelphia. In eighth grade he started playing music, and realised that he wanted to do it for the rest of his life. When it came time to come to Israel on a Masa program, Max thought he would be taking a break from his guitar – but that’s not what happened…
 
So, what made you decide to come to Israel?
 
In my last year of school, I was totally set on going straight to university and studying music.
 

Zoom Israel Graduation Speech

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By Elisabeth Hacker, Israel Teaching Fellows - Israel Pathways
 
When I was preparing to write this speech, I decided to do a quick Rabbi Google search for attention grabbers.
 

Challenges of a Reform Jew in Israel

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By Tina Hughes, Hebrew Union College
 
I went to Israel for my first year of Rabbinical School at HUC, Hebrew Union College.  
 
I had been to Israel before – three times – and thought that I knew what I was getting into.  
 
The year was not what I expected.
 

Swirl Swirl Desert Stop

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So, last night, I sat around a crackling fire with a group of religious people chanting incantations in ancient languages while passing around a hand-carved knife and letting the blood from our left pinkie fingers drip over the hot, scalding flames…
 
Okay, that was an exaggeration. But I think I have been initiated.
 
Type. Stop.
 

Becoming a Member of the Family

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Emily Kohuth, Conservative Yeshiva
 
Several months ago I opened a Rosh Hashanah e-card from a fellow former ulpan student. 
 
She asked if I remembered her. 
 
Really, how could I forget her; she was a four-and-a-half foot-tall ball of fire—a feisty, opinionated Latina grandmother.