Mechinat Yeud

Mechinat Yeud

Program: 

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.
 
 

Shpeils and Schnapps: A Pre-Purim Discussion on the custom of drinking, with the Pardes Institute

Shpeils and Schnapps: A Pre-Purim Discussion on the custom of drinking, with the Pardes Institute

February 12, 2013 - 19:30

Coffee Bean and Tea LeafNew York, NY  - 

Join Pardes' Yaffa Epstein for coffee and a discussion on "Pour me another" - The famous tale of the Murderous Purim Seudah (Festive meal). 
 Pick up coffee upstairs and join us downstairs for pastries! All Masa Israel alumni are invited but space is limited to 35 people. RSVP here.
 

Mekusharim

Program Description

This program is conducted in Spanish.

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.
 

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.
 

What I Found in Israel

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I came to Israel to learn. 
 
I was studying at She’arim College of Jewish Studies for Women, a small but highly recommended school. 
 
I was living in the Jerusalem suburb of Har Nof, a town built into the hills on the edge of the very young Jerusalem forest. 
 
I found