Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : May 14, 2014

By David Sklar, Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim 


Over the last four months, I have been participating in a new Masa Israel volunteer program called Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim. Looking beyond the worn-out rhetoric of the conflict, this program initially attracted me by allowing me to see the harsh realities on the ground and meet the people who are working for real change in Israel and abroad.  As someone who believes in the importance of dialogue and co-operation, I was particularly attracted by one of Achvat Amim’s main focuses, working with the Hand in Hand school in South Jerusalem.  This school, a successful experiment in Arab-Jewish education, is one of only five in Israel.  Since the beginning of January I have been teaching English as well as Drama. While learning to navigate through the chaos...

Published : May 08, 2014
By Caroline Frank, Career Israel
 
-”I came to Israel to start my international career. I wanted to immerse myself in a foreign culture, hone my hebrew skills and really see what it was like to be an Israeli while meeting new and exciting people from around the world along the way.”
 
-”Living in Tel Aviv, and being a published writer here – that is going to benefit me for the rest of my life.”
 
In the past three months I have had many opportunities to share my voice through my writing and paint Israel as the incredibly diverse, wonderful country she is. I have celebrated many Shabbats and chaggim (holidays) here with new friends from across the globe, although none were more awe-inspiring than this week’s commemoration and celebration of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha...

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