By Efrat Krasner
Halacha (Jewish Law)? “It has to change.” LGBT? “The rabbanut (official rabbis) can engage us in conversation.” Haredim (ultra-orthodox) and secular Jews? “Two sides of the same coin.” Eric Silberman, a young American alum of Masa Israel Journey wants to become a rabbi and doesn’t think the fact that he’s gay will stop him from achieving his goal.
By Curits M. Wong
"Appropriately enough, the couple, who tied the knot last year, first met while pursuing volunteer opportunities as part of Masa Israel Journey, which is focused on providing young adults with work and study programs in Israel."
For the first time ever, Masa Israel Journey and its alumni communities across North America have coordinated efforts to hold a series of Shalom U’Lehitraot (Hello and Goodbye) Parties across the country this summer. Each community has taken it upon itself to bring together alumni, recent returnees and future Masa Israel Journey participants.
On Tuesday April 21, over 5,000 Masa Israel Journey participants gathered at the Armored Corps Memorial Site and Museum at Latrun for the annual Masa Israel Yom HaZikaron Ceremony. Several delegations from Jewish communities around the world joined the Masa Israel community in mourning Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror.