Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : September 22, 2010
By Ana Harmon, Austin, TX, Dance Journey
 
It all began with a small sign posted at the University of Texas Hillel’s bulletin board, “Dance in Israel.”
 
At the time, I had been dancing for a ballet company in Austin while simultaneously trying enrich my life with college courses and Jewish involvement. A program so ideal, combining artistic and cultural desires of mine in Israel on a Kibbutz, sounded like a scam.
 
I was there for 10 months, it’s real.
 
First, the environment—you will wake up each morning surrounded by vegetation and the green rolling hills of the Galilee.  The studios are tucked beautifully in the Kibbutz, many with wide, open windows exposing you to the natural setting. I loved exploring new ways of moving and digging in to...
Published : September 21, 2010
 
In the middle of the Aseret Yemi Teshuva (the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, traditionally the most intense days of prayer, reflection, and service of the year), Masa Israel invited all of the Midrashot (seminary) participants to an evening of elevation, songs and prayers. Over 1800 students from more then 30 Midrashot attended the evening.
 
Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Metzger, opened the evening with his personal moving story about fighting in the Yom Kippur War, and was followed by Ms. Esti Rosenberg who spoke beautifully about the meaning ofteshuva and Klal Israel.
 
 
The second part of the evening...

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