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LaMidbar: Desert Learning Community

Lamidbar: Desert Learning Community

Program Description

LaMidbar is a five-month residential, educational Masa Israel program designed for 21–30 year olds. Participants will join a unique desert community and undertake a personal journey of self-enrichment and deepening self-awareness. 
LaMidbar participants will join a farm work team from early morning until lunch time (organic fruit orchards, vegetable gardens, or date plantation, caring for the goats or making goats’ cheese). In the afternoons participants will enjoy a diversity of enrichment courses: apprenticeship in the Art Center (in wood, metal or glass), green building, Hebrew language, and Jewish identity. In addition, guided group meetings provide a forum for raising questions, listening to other participants, and engaging in dialogue.
All program components provide an arena to learn new skills, to work with the land or with natural materials, and also serve as a basis for observation, connection and growth arising from our daily interactions with people and the environment. 


*Apprenticeship- Amazing opportunity for gaining art skills in carpentry, metal- smithing or stained glass with a local artisan in Israel's unique art center.
*Community- Become a part of our community and experience, observe and explore a unique model for successful community building. 
*Green Skills- Work and learn as part of a professional work-team in the fields of: organic agriculture, goat husbandry, goats’ cheese making, organic vegetable garden, organic date cultivation.
*Ecological Development- Learn to build using local materials and green building techniques suited to the desert environment. Build with straw bales, mud and clay plaster. Learn how to generate energy from organic waste.
*Deepen Self Understanding- Through the forum of group meetings develop tools for personal growth by asking questions, reflecting on daily experiences, exploring what interests you in daily work and interactions.
*Leadership development- Reflect on and develop your unique leadership style through empowerment opportunities such as leading group projects or work teams.



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All eligible Masa Israel participants can receive financial assistance toward the cost of their program.
These grants and scholarships can significantly reduce the cost of participating in a Masa Israel program. Prices listed here represent the full, unsubsidized program cost.