Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : November 26, 2012
By Isabel Atkinson, Kibbutz Ulpan
 
It wasn't what I’d bargained for. 
 
When I decided to spend five months in Israel living, working and studying on a kibbutz, I imagined myself amongst a shining, earthy community.
 
I pictured early mornings, rising with the rooster to greet the soil. In my daydreams, my body was toughened and brown from hours of labor in the sun. For a taste of rural life, the land of milk and honey appeared on the horizon as promising as ever.
  
Reality soon presented itself harsh and unforgiving, like the air conditioner that reigned over my new workplace. 
 
A communal lifestyle defines a kibbutz, with laundry included. Instead of rows of olive trees, I found myself surrounded by rows of tidy, gracefully aging...
Published : November 21, 2012
by Sharona Rosen, Young Judaea Year Course
                                                                                     
It is the 3rd of April around 10 P.M. and the city of Tel Aviv is more alive than ever. 
 
People are walking the streets, laughing and talking. 
 
Then suddenly a siren sounds, and the city freezes.  
 
It is Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, and every single person, whether walking or driving, stops what he or she is doing and stands for a moment of silence in respect of...

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