USY to BGU: Staying connected to Israel by studying abroad">USY to BGU: Staying connected to Israel by studying abroad
Posted August 28th, 2010
By Joel Portman, St. Louis, MO, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Year Program
In 2005, I traveled to Poland and Israel with United Synagogue Youth (USY). The five weeks I spent in Israel were some of the best of my life. But the experience I’d had wasn’t enough: I wanted more, and I knew I would have to return.
Bringing beauty to others while studying abroad in Israel ">Bringing beauty to others while studying abroad in Israel
Posted August 20th, 2010
By Laura Marder, University of Haifa
You know you had an unbelievable study abroad experience when it’s time to leave and you’re in a state of shock because your year flew by, exceeding every single one of your expectations. Sounds too good to be true?
Play by Masa Israel alumna to be featured in NY Fringe International Festival">Play by Masa Israel alumna to be featured in NY Fringe International Festival
Posted August 12th, 2010
Abraham's Daughters, written by Masa Israel Journey alum, Elissa Lerner, is a new play featured at this summer's New York Fringe International Festival. The play tells the story of the intersection between college and religion in a way that many of us can relate to.
The plot begins on the first day of freshman year with Sarah waiting for her roommate to arrive.
Dialogue in the desert: Studying abroad at Ben Gurion University">Dialogue in the desert: Studying abroad at Ben Gurion University
Posted August 3rd, 2010
By Alisha Deluty, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
While helping female Bedouin teenagers prepare for English college entrance exams through Masa Israel at Ben Gurion University (BGU) in the Negev in August 2008, I met Nesma. In the coming weeks, I tutored Nesma in English by using Hebrew and Arabic to explain English vocabulary or grammatical constructions. Despite our religious, cultural, and national
Posted June 30th, 2010
Even if you always planned to study abroad, you may begin to think that taking a whole semester away from your friends and classes is a little too daunting, and consider studying abroad for a summer session instead. But a semester abroad will give you a significantly different experience than a month or two over the summer. Is this really a trade-off you want to make?
How to navigate your university’s study abroad policy">How to navigate your university’s study abroad policy
Posted June 27th, 2010
If you're thinking about studying abroad this coming Spring, why not use free time you have this summer to begin doing your research? Once you start school again in the Fall, deadlines will come up faster than you think. So, instead of cramming it all in then, follow some necessary steps this summer to lay the groundwork for your semester abroad.
Choose your location
"Focus on what's good for you personally and academically," says Dr.
The road less traveled: studying abroad at Ben Gurion University of the Negev">The road less traveled: studying abroad at Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Posted June 25th, 2010
By Joel Portman, St.
Posted May 21st, 2010
A collection of updates covering the intersection of Israel programs, the Jewish world, and international education.
- We were recently featured in a series on ABC News about going abroad as an alternative to facing the challenging job market in the US.
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.
Posted April 14th, 2010
By a Masa Israel participant studying at the University of Haifa
I never thought I could love one place so much.
I can't even fully explain what it is like living here. I know it. I feel it. It’s pleasant like fine sand between my fingers, but when I try to describe it, it slips through my hand.
It's because each grain of sand is like a memory.