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?’
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:
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.
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.
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