Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : December 17, 2012
By Leah Boresow, DanceJerusalem
 
Since age three, dance has been my greatest passion.  
 
As a dance major at Indiana University, I’ve happily devoted most of my energy to dance.  But when I had the experience of a lifetime during my first trip to Israel in 2009, I was intent on finding a way to merge my love for dance with my new interest in Israel.  
 
Then I learned about Masa Israel’s DanceJerusalem—a study abroad program, which would allow me to earn credit and develop my skills at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance—and I knew it was a match made in heaven.
 
As a student in the Academy’s dance department, I took all of my dance classes in Hebrew, alongside Israeli students who soon became my friends.  Coupled by weekly Hebrew...
Published : December 13, 2012
By Brandon Marlow, WUJS Arad Arts Project
 
During my time in 2006-7 as a participant of the WUJS Arad Arts Project (now WUJS Arts in Jerusalem), one of scores of Israel-based programs subsidized by the umbrella organization Masa Israel Journey, I set for myself the goal of completing a poem-a-day initiative and developing a historical screenplay.
 
For five and a half months, in addition to working on my independent creative projects in the Writers’ Studio (a local house bequeathed to the program), I was able to experience group field trips, hikes, lectures, Hebrew classes, and occasional volunteering as an English tutor to Bedouin youth in neighbouring Kuseifa. 
 
By the end of the program, I had enough poems to produce two volumes (Inspirations of Israel: Poetry for a Land and People, and...

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