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Grappling with Israel's Periphery">Grappling with Israel's Periphery

Posted May 26th, 2010
By Eriana Rivera-Rozo, Intensive Arabic Semester
It cannot be denied that Israelis have a strong pioneer spirit. It was on the sweat and blood of the many waves of immigrants that this country was founded. Although the days of the first kibbutzim are past, the pioneer flame still burns in the eyes of every Israeli that moves this nation forward toward its economic, political, intellectual and diplomatic betterment.

Krembo Experience: Ben Yehuda Street">Krembo Experience: Ben Yehuda Street

Posted May 12th, 2010
By Max Samis, a participant on OTZMA. This is part of his “Krembo Experience” series, highlighting his “only in Israel” moments.
If you've ever been to Jerusalem, you know that Ben Yehuda St. is quite the interesting place. Less of a street than a strip mall, Ben Yehuda is right in the center of the city, and while often populated by Israelis, is a magnet for tourists looking for a souvenir.

Masa Israel Hosts “Your Next Step” Conference for Participants">Masa Israel Hosts “Your Next Step” Conference for Participants

Posted May 5th, 2010
Over 3,000 participants attended the Masa Israel Journey mega-conference in Jerusalem on May 2, 2010, a day-long event featuring seminars on “next steps” for participants, many of whom are preparing to leave Israel and return to their Jewish communities across the globe.

Ten plagues to avoid this Passover">Ten plagues to avoid this Passover

Posted March 28th, 2010
As you read the Haggadah on your Kindle, think about the 10 plagues you should avoid this Passover:
  1. Water turning to blood, or when the balance in your bank account drops from seriously depressing to EMPTY
  2. Frogs, or the desperately awkward singles you seem to meet at every party you go to

Joseph Kluger and Brett Lusky, Otzma students Visit Weitzman School in Akko">Joseph Kluger and Brett Lusky, Otzma students Visit Weitzman School in Akko

Posted March 15th, 2010
By Joseph Kluger, OTZMA
Why would you ever want to live in Israel? This is the first question one of my best friends asked me when I told her I was moving to Israel for 10 months on a program called OTZMA. The thought of living in Israel was never on my mind 2 or 3 years ago.

Alumni Spotlight: Rachael Rubens, Iraqi War Veteran">Alumni Spotlight: Rachael Rubens, Iraqi War Veteran

Posted March 9th, 2010
Service in the United States Army is anything but easy, and being a Jew in the military only complicates matters further. 
One of only a handful of Jews in the army, I was barraged with questions about Judaism, most of which I lacked the knowledge to answer adequately.  Upon completing my service, some of which I spent in Iraq, I headed back to the Middle East to learn Hebrew at the Masa Israel Journey-accredited Ulpan Akiva program, hoping to gain the necessary skills to learn more about my religion.  While in I

Chicago Tribune: Americans chase internships abroad as a gateway to work ">Chicago Tribune: Americans chase internships abroad as a gateway to work

Posted February 10th, 2010
Last week, the front page of the Chicago Tribune business section had an above-the-fold story reporting on young adults heading abroad for professional experience. And guess what the lede of the story was? That’s right. Opportunities in Israel. Check it out:
By Julie Wernau, Tribune reporter
Jewish Agency for Israel