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Gap Year

Snagging a spot on the IDC Herzliya Conference communications team">Snagging a spot on the IDC Herzliya Conference communications team

Posted February 1st, 2010
Guest post by Masa Israel alumnus Natan Edelsburg
 
Arriving to Israel in August 2006 to begin my year abroad was an extremely scary and exciting time. I was leaving all my friends and starting a new phase of my life, but I was finally fulfilling my dream of being able to living on my own in Tel Aviv, while working in a communications department.
 

Two cents on the benefits of a gap year">Two cents on the benefits of a gap year

Posted February 3rd, 2008
By John B. Boshoven, President of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling
 
I worry when a student comes to me and announces, "I am going to take a year off before college" unless the student has a definite plan for the year. Studies and empirical evidence highlight the virtues of "gap years" with programs that are organized, focused, and goal oriented.
 

Top Ten Ways to Travel in this Country">Top Ten Ways to Travel in this Country

Posted August 30th, 2007
10) With your eyes open.  
Especially at first, be aware of what’s going on.  Drivers are crazy and people tend to walk right into you without saying sorry.
 
9) Buy a map.  
It’s good to have an idea of where you’re going, especially if you’re going to take a taxi.
 

Top 10 Chagim Hikes">Top 10 Chagim Hikes

Posted August 26th, 2007
Nothing is better than spending the Chagim in Israel outdoors!  Here is our list of the top 10 hikes during the chagim season.  Before you set out, however, it must be warned that every year many, many people get themselves into trouble while hiking in Israel for lack of proper training or preparation.  To avoid this it is advised to participate in an organized hike with a trained guide before setting out on your own.
 

Inside Look into Masa Israel through Executive Director Ezrachi ">Inside Look into Masa Israel through Executive Director Ezrachi

Posted August 19th, 2007
 
By Erin Kopelow
 
"Israel, is about to celebrate its 60th birthday," Masa Executive Director Dr. Elan Ezrachi says with an air of determination, "and the Jewish world of today is dramatically different than what it was sixty years ago."
 
The level of growth Israel has experienced over these past sixty years has significantly changed the face of this country.
 

Kaela Frank's speech at the Prime Minister's residence">Kaela Frank's speech at the Prime Minister's residence

Posted October 10th, 2006
 
Below is the text of Kaela Frank's speech delivered at Prime Minister Edud Olmert's residence, October 9, 2006. 
 
Good afternoon Prime Minister Olmert and esteemed guests. My name is Kaela Frank and I am honored to be here today representing the 437 chanichim from North America, England, Scotland and Puerto Rico that are currently on Hadassah’s Young Judaea and FZY Year Course, one of Masa’s largest programs.
 
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