What’s Different About Yom Kippur in Israel?

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There’s nothing quite like the High Holidays – or, as the locals call them, the chagim – in Israel.


Generally considered the most important holiday of the year, Yom Kippur is a particularly unique day to spend in Israel. Here are just four ways in which Yom Kippur is different in Israel:


1. The Country Practically Shuts Down


Cleveland Jewish News: Kaplan's Israel connection spans five generations

Cleveland Jewish News: Kaplan's Israel connection spans five generations

Cleveland Jewish News: Kaplan's Israel connection spans five generations

September 18, 2015

Photo credit: CJN/Bob Jacob


By Ed Wittenberg


Andria Kaplan’s connection to Israel goes back five generations.


Kaplan, who moved back to Cleveland in July after a five-month experience in Israel supported by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, talked about her journey at the launch event for the Federation’s 2016 Campaign for Jewish Needs Sept. 10 at the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood.

In the early 20th century, Kaplan’s great-great-grandfather, Ya’akov Koppelman, left Lithuania to become one of Israel’s first settlers, she said. He brought two of his three sons with him.

One son could not get a visa in time, she said. That was her great-grandfather, Samuel Koppelman, who settled in Elyria, where Kaplan grew up.

“Five generations later, the story of my great-great-grandfather Ya’akov and all of his Zionist dreams are still bringing to life the love of Israel in me,” she said.

Three years ago, Kaplan left for Israel for the first time, traveling the same path her grandparents had decades before.

“They always told me Israel is home,” said Kaplan, a 2013 graduate of the University of Akron. “Somewhere deep in my heart, I knew they were right.”

Kaplan, who worked as an account executive in the Cleveland Jewish News’ advertising department after serving as the Nina and Norman Wain Advertising Intern, said she discovered the Federation’s I-Connect initiative would connect her to an array of Israel experiences. She chose a Masa Israel Journey career program that began in February.


Continue reading about Andria's Masa Israel experience in Cleveland Jewish News

We Only Have Two Words For You

We Only Have Two Words For You

September 9, 2015

The entire Masa Israel global community wishes you a שנה טובה - Shana Tova  - Happy New Year!

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One Fish, Two Fish, Gefilte Fish!

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Love it or hate it, nothing says Rosh Hashanah like gefilte fish.



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The Jerusalem Post: How Samantha Met Ben

The Jerusalem Post: How Samantha Met Ben

The Jerusalem Post: How Samantha Met Ben

September 1, 2015

Photo credit: JF Photography/Jessica Frykman


By Leah Hakiman


“I’m from Jersey,” says Ben, “Samantha’s from Virginia, and we met in central Israel.” Both Ben Winik and Samantha Sisisky arrived in Israel in the fall of 2012 to begin ten-month Jewish service learning programs.



Ben had considered teaching English in France. Instead he opted for a teaching fellowship program with the Masa Israel Journey, [Masa Israel Teaching Fellows] and came to Rishon to work as a teacher’s aide in underserved and overcrowded classrooms. “It was an opportunity to teach and learn,” says Ben, “to give and get.”


Samantha came to Israel for another Masa Israel experience – the Yahel Social Change Progam, based in the town of Gedera. She worked in an Ethiopian-Israeli organization in grassroots social change, including teaching and tutoring in English.


Read Ben and Samantha's story in The Jerusalem Post


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Graduate Programs to Inspire the Humanitarian In You

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In honor of World Humanitarian Day, we’re highlighting Masa Israel Journey’s top five graduate programs, taught in English, to inspire the humanitarian in you to make the world a better place.


1. MPH in Emergency and Disaster Management – Tel Aviv University


The Top 6 Reasons to Intern in Israel

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Masa Israel Journey's internships in Israel offer you the perfect combination of resume-boosting career development, personal growth, and life experience abroad. Find out what our alumni say are the top reasons to intern in Israel:


1. Real Responsibility, Serious Skill-Building