I found my heart in Israel: Pardes + Career Israel">I found my heart in Israel: Pardes + Career Israel
Posted December 22nd, 2010
What Masa Israel program did you meet on?
I was a first semester Pardes student; he was a second semester Pardes student. But I kept hanging out with the old crew even though I had transferred to Career Israel for the second part of the year.
Posted December 13th, 2010
Being constantly surrounded by texts, and basing the vast majority of my education this term at Pardes on those texts, has made me think a lot about issues of how we understand texts. Specifically, I have reflected on just how much is lost from a traditional Jewish text (Chumash, Talmud, etc.) when it is read exclusively in a language other than Hebrew.
Posted November 30th, 2010
With eight whole days of celebration, you’re probably looking for ways to make the most out of the festival of lights—Israeli style!
Posted November 23rd, 2010
By Cara Frazin, Masa Israel Campus Intern, University of Illinois at Chicago
On September 15, 2010, I had the rare opportunity to meet Natan Sharansky before the annual Jewish Federation Annual Meeting Luncheon where he was the main speaker.
As an active participant with the Levine Hillel at the University of Illinois at Chicago and as the Masa Israel intern for my campus, I spend a lot of time educating people about Israel and promoting Israel advocacy. When I was invited by The Hillels o
Posted November 10th, 2010
Before winter hit, the Masa Israel North American team decided to have a Yom Kef (staff day). Being part of an Israeli organization, we did what any Israelis would do—a hiking trip! We woke up early and headed up to Bear Mountain.
After scaling the rocks, we stopped for a break.
Of course, no staff day would be complete without a snack and a call to our Israel office.
Halfway through the hike, are we having fun yet?
We made it to the top—what a view!
Now, if only we knew how to get back. Trail markers aren’t as good as they are in Israel…
We had a great Yom Kef, spending time outside the office and enjoying the tail end of fall.
Now back to work getting more people on Israel programs!
Jewish learning and beyond at the Pardes Institute">Jewish learning and beyond at the Pardes Institute
Posted October 28th, 2010
It was while working as a youth director at Temple Beth Sholom in Florida that Miami Beach-native Josh Laurence decided to spend a year studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.
“After first traveling to Israel with Birthright, I definitely wanted to return,” says Josh. “Then the opportunity presented itself in the form of Pardes’
Masa Israel recognizes that spending five to 12 months interning, volunteering or studying abroad is a big commitment. Before you select your program and apply for a Masa Israel grant, it’s important that you learn as much as you can about where you’re going and what to expect – both before you go and after you return.
Talk to an alum to get a feel for how unique each person’s Israel experience can be. Learn more.
Posted October 15th, 2010
Now that the chagim are over, you’ve finally started a regular schedule, whether it’s studying, interning, or volunteering (or a combination of those). But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of your weekends and explore Israel!
Supplement your program’s siyyurim with your own—as any Israeli will tell you, there is no better way to get to know the country than to go out and explore it yourself.
Posted September 21st, 2010
Interested in a unique opportunity to explore Israel through an extreme jeep challenge in the desert? We are looking for four women to make up the Masa Israel team. Desert Queen takes place in some of the most exotic and challenging landscapes in the world.