Abroad in the Desert: Peace and the Environment in Israel">Abroad in the Desert: Peace and the Environment in Israel
Posted March 28th, 2011
By Lee Frankel-Goldwater, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Studying abroad can change your life I know this, I’ve been trying to spend as much time living in different places around the globe ever since I got my first taste out of the US as a teenager. Each new culture, each mountain is an augmentation of my soul. But, I’ll also say this, in the desert of Israel at the Arava Institute fo
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Sandstorms and Kibbutniks: Israeli Society Shabbaton">Sandstorms and Kibbutniks: Israeli Society Shabbaton
Posted February 21st, 2011
Post courtesy of Tikkun Olam Tel Aviv-Jaffa
This past Shabbat, three of our volunteers joined the Masa community for a Shabbaton hosted by Kibbutz Kranim in the Northern Negev. The weekend opened with a tour of two Bedouin villages in the Negev and a discussion of modern Bedouin culture, led by Bustan, a NGO that works for cooperation and social justice with Bedouin and Jewish communities in the Negev.
Posted December 24th, 2010
Growing up in Atlanta, Scott Berger first became involved in Judaism as a teenager through Bnai Brith Youth Organization. But, it was not until he was a freshman at Tulane University that he first traveled to Israel with Birthright.
“I had no idea what to expect and it was thrilling for me to be in a country filled with other people like me,” says Scott.
Posted December 13th, 2010
By Christina Healy, University of Haifa
It was just another Thursday. After my Hebrew class ended at noon, I met up with another researcher from the Sign Language Research Lab and we headed to lunch. Usually we automatically angle toward the cafeteria, but today we were in the mood for a baked potato, so we headed downstairs to the coffee shop. After paying, I turned toward the dining area and stopped short, staring out the window.
Posted November 30th, 2010
With eight whole days of celebration, you’re probably looking for ways to make the most out of the festival of lights—Israeli style!
Posted November 23rd, 2010
By Cara Frazin, Masa Israel Campus Intern, University of Illinois at Chicago
On September 15, 2010, I had the rare opportunity to meet Natan Sharansky before the annual Jewish Federation Annual Meeting Luncheon where he was the main speaker.
As an active participant with the Levine Hillel at the University of Illinois at Chicago and as the Masa Israel intern for my campus, I spend a lot of time educating people about Israel and promoting Israel advocacy. When I was invited by The Hillels o