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For Applicants

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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.
 

Giving back to Israel after college

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Growing up in Deerfield, Illinois, Shabbat dinners at Teri Herbstman’s home always ended with the singing of the Hatikvah.  “I remember spending one Shabbat at a friend’s home where they didn’t sing it and suddenly realizing that it wasn’t in the siddur,” says Teri. 

“My parents’ decision to end our family’s shabbos service with Hatikvah as well as seeing their involvement in many Jewish organizations definitely helped instill a sense of Zionism in me.

 

6 weekend adventures for fall in Israel

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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.
 

Bat Yam: I Love It!

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By Ariel Bigio, Young Judaea Year Course madricha
 
For my first blog post, I wanted to introduce myself and share why I chose to work with Year Course. My name is Ariel Bigio and I am originally from Rockville, Maryland. I attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and my first trip to Israel was with my senior class on the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program.
 

One month down with nine to go on Otzma

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By Alex Kadis, Otzma, Cleveland, OH
 
Somehow a month has already passed us by.
 

Reaching Beyond Limits

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In an Israeli “dance village,” students test their boundaries and discover peace of mind. One dancer reports.For a tiny country, Israel spawns a whole lot of contemporary dance. Last fall, Elena Hecht, a native of NYC and Barnard College graduate, traveled halfway across the globe for a year of total immersion in movement, nature, and kibbutz culture.
 

From New York to the Israeli Negev

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By Max Gelb, New York, NY, Kibbutz Ulpan
 
My first glimpse of the flourishing green olive groves amid the dry and sandy Negev confirmed exactly why I wanted to live on Kibbutz Revivim.  Growing up in bustling Manhattan, I was always interested in experiencing life in a more tranquil and geologically different environment.  When I learned that Masa Israel’s Kibbutz Ulpan program would allow me to accomplish this while simultaneously pursuing my interests in Israel and Hebrew, I decided that the Kibbutz Ulpan at Revivim was right for me.
 
 

Dance in Israel? It’s for real.

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By Ana Harmon, Austin, TX, Dance Journey
 
It all began with a small sign posted at the University of Texas Hillel’s bulletin board, “Dance in Israel.”
 
At the time, I had been dancing for a ballet company in Austin while simultaneously trying enrich my life with college courses and Jewish involvement.
 

Join the Masa Israel “Desert Queen” team!

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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.
 

New Yorker lays foundation for architecture career through Israel internship

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Graduating with a Masters degree in architecture from Tulane University in 2008, Jesse Zryb entered a terrible economy.  After losing his job in New York City, he decided to enroll in Masa Israel’s Career Israel.  “I could have stayed at home and experienced five months of uncertainty.  But instead, I decided to participate in a program that would allow me to gain valuable work experience and further explore Israel,” says Jesse.