“Only in Israel”

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Not so long ago, I was walking along Pierre Koenig Street near my house, and got to a red light at the intersection across from Pardes.  It was pretty deserted at that time of night, with only a few cars and pedestrians out.

Living it like a local in Israel

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By Alexandra Lebovitz
How about really getting to know Israel—beyond the Dead Sea, Masada and the Kotel?
Have you ever had the chance to breathe in the aromas of Middle Eastern spices in an open-air market?

Questions on Eco-Israel

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By Devin Lee, Eco-Israel
I have a lot of questions. These are not new questions; in fact, I’m sure they have been asked in every possible permutation, in every possible language. They are almost as common as ‘מה נשמע’? I’m talking about the questions like ‘What does it mean to be Jewish?’ ‘Where does Israel fit in the life of a Diaspora Jew?’
These questions don’t have simple answers.

Reflections on riding the bus in Jerusalem

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In light of the recent events in Jeruslam, Pardes alum Courtney Miller (Spring 2010) shares a post of hers from last year. Courtney has&nbs

Building Future Leadership Conference – More Impressions from a Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa participant

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Four Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa participants recently attended Masa’s Building Future Leadership conference in Jerusalem. Here’s what Lisa, one of our 10 month Social Action track volunteers, had to say about the experience:
Almost two weeks ago, I went to my first Masa conference – a week long seminar hosted at a hostel in Jerusalem centered on building future lead

Program Alum Seth Felix talks about life in Israel after the WUJS program

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By Seth Felix, WUJS Intern Tel Aviv. Seth is pictured on the left of the picture together with some of his friends from the WUJS program in Tel-Aviv
As a California boy, I never thought others would recognize me as anything but American, until this past year. People approach me on a daily basis assuming that I may be Russian, Israeli, French, British, Mexican, and even South African.

Masa’s Israeli Cultural Evenings

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I had the pleasure of taking part in the Masa Culture evening at ZOA last week, where I saw a performance by The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. The hour long performance was spellbinding – highly talented dancers mixed with compelling choreography, vibrant costumes and music.

7 Seriously Fun Festivals For Passover

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It’s not spring break—it’s better!

Living Coexistence in Jaffa

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Amy, a 10 month Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa Coexistence track participant and Brandeis graduate originally from Massachusetts, had the following to say about her exposure to Coexistence in Jaffa.

A Brief Encounter: Finding My Grandfather in Israel

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By Matthew Eisenberg, Oranim Internship Experience
How do I explain in words who my grandfather was and what he meant to me?  I guess if you took all that is right in the world and mixed it with the biggest heart, you would have my grandfather.  I didn’t know it back then but he is everything I now hope to be.
My story begins nine years ago when I was in Israel.  I was on