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February 11, 2015

Benjamin Winik and Samantha Sisisky in Tel Aviv


Just weeks into her Masa Israel Journey, Samantha Sisisky, 25, found herself lost in a new city in a new country. Little did she know she was about to find her future husband, Ben Winik, 24.


A participant of the Gedera-based Yahel Social Change Program, Samantha had traveled to Rishon LeZion, to visit a friend who was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in the city.


“My friend didn’t know where I was, so she handed the phone to Ben, saying ‘my roommate goes running all the time and knows the city,’” Samantha, a Richmond, VA native, explained. While Ben remembers giving her great directions to the apartment, Samantha remembers things a bit differently.
“He said to go straight and turn...

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February 09, 2015

In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Masa Israel Journey is joining the global Jewish community in raising awarness and fostering inclusion for those with disabilities and special needs. As this work goes far beyond the 28 days of the month of February, we're bringing you the top 3 internships in Israel through which you can help raise awareness and foster inclusion:


1. Teaching Assistant, MICHA - Society for Deaf Children 


Assist kindergarten teachers and daycare staff in the classroom and on the playground. Help young, hearing-impaired children develop communication and social skills, as well as their self-confidence. 


Apply now for an internship with MICHA >>


2. Management, PR and...

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