Not for sale

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By Erin Kopelow
 
Liliya Dudnik, 23, first came to Israel from her home in Belarus on Sar-El, a three-week program that gives participants an intensive taste of life in the Israeli army, including drills, running, and pushups.
 

Have Diploma, Will Travel

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By David E. Kaplan
 
For young adults fresh out of college, the world is an oyster. Before finding a fulltime job, taking a mortgage and joining the daily grind, thousands of college graduates choose to head to the four corners of the world to discover and explore.
 
"It's an extension of our education," one could say, whether standing in Trafalgar square, on the upper peak of Mt.
 

My Be’er Sheva

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By Josh Blatman, OTZMA
 
Israelis talk about Israel as though the only good parts about it are Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  That makes for some legitimate tourist congestion, but it’s also not entirely accurate.  Jerusalem is obviously very religious, and heavily historic; while Tel Aviv is a bustling international center of consumerism in the Middle East.
 

Participant Spotlight: Matt Bar

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By Erin Kopelow
 
Through the combination of business, creative and educational exposure at the PresenTense Institute for Creative Judaism and the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, Matt Bar's Bible Rap Project has the potential to become an educational enterprise in Hebrew school classrooms around the world. 
 
“I ain't heard a sound from your side just silence / my hands are
 

Masa Wins Campus Coalition Award

Masa Wins Campus Coalition Award

Masa Wins Campus Coalition Award

September 27, 2007

At the Fall Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) consultation, Masa was presented with the 2007 Outstanding Israel on Campus Achievement Award for its Campus Grants Program.
The Israel on Campus Coalition is a partnership of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, in cooperation with a network of national organizations committed to promoting Israel education and advocacy on campus.
 
The Masa/Hillel Campus Grants program provides up to 20 Hillels with $5,000 each to support programming that increases Masa program participation. Masa Hillel grants have been used to organize Israel cultural fairs, Masa program organizer fairs, and a variety of other activities.
 
This year, the Masa/Hillel Campus grant recipients are: U. Virginia, Rutgers, Northwestern, Maryland, Indiana, Emory, Binghamton, Arizona, UCLA, U. Illinois, Wisconsin, UMASS, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, George Washington, Queens College, Vanderbilt, Brown, American, and the University of Ottawa.

And so it begins: Masa 2007-2008

<div class="masa-blog-title">And so it begins: Masa 2007-2008</div>

 
By Erin Kopelow
 
Nativ director Yossi Garr is standing atop a picnic table.
 

Top Ten Ways to Travel in this Country

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10) With your eyes open.  
Especially at first, be aware of what’s going on.  Drivers are crazy and people tend to walk right into you without saying sorry.
 
9) Buy a map.  
It’s good to have an idea of where you’re going, especially if you’re going to take a taxi.
 

Participant Spotlight: Shana Dorfman

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Name: Shana Dorfman
Age: 23 
Hometown: Santa Rosa, California, USA
Program: OTZMA
Date of arrival: 2 months after graduating university)
Hobbies: Writing & running
 
How did you get to OTZMA?
I was on Birthright in January of that year, 2006, and I was in Haifa
 

Top 10 Chagim Hikes

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Nothing is better than spending the Chagim in Israel outdoors!  Here is our list of the top 10 hikes during the chagim season.  Before you set out, however, it must be warned that every year many, many people get themselves into trouble while hiking in Israel for lack of proper training or preparation.  To avoid this it is advised to participate in an organized hike with a trained guide before setting out on your own.
 

Turning all you once knew upside down

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From translation blunders to coffee confusion, Hebrew Union College student Jen Gubitz describes her first two months in Israel and the comical side of foreignness.
 
After being here for two months, I’ve concluded that my life in Israel is most easily compared to the only coffee beverage I can successfully order.