This year, 8,000 participants from all over the world will be spending a semester to a year in Israel in more than 150 Masa-affiliated programs -- the largest number of participants ever.
On October 26th, over 2,000 of these participants currently in Israel will celebrate Masa's third year by taking the train from Jerusalem to the port city of Akko (Acre) in northern Israel.
The participants will travel by train, specially chartered by Masa for this celebration trip, accompanied by live entertainment – including, music, dance and performances - and experienced guides who will be on hand to explain the significant sites along the route. Also on the train will be a display devoted to the recent war with Lebanon and its impact on Israel's northern communities. Traveling with the participants will be soldiers who fought in the war who will answer questions and share their experiences wih the participants.
Participants will also be receiving Masa welcome kits, including discount coupons, tour map and lexicon, dictionary and a Masa ID card entitling them to additional discounts and entry to special Masa event, all in a special Masa backpack.
Upon arriving in Akko, they will join with other Masa participants making their way to the port city by bus. Together, they will make their way on foot to Akko's Old City. They will learn about its history, visit archeological landmarks, and 'lend a hand' by volunteering in a number of projects to help revitalize parts of the Old City that were damaged during the war in Lebanon. The day's activities will conclude in the evening with a celebration on the walls of the Old City.