Masa Israel Journey Blog

July 15, 2014

Masa Israel is highlighting the voices of our participants and alumni who are in Israel during Operation Protective Edge to give an authentic look at what it’s like to live and work in the country at this time. This account is from Rachel Jetter, a recent alumna of the Yahel Social Change program, through which she volunteered in an Ethiopian-Israeli community for ten months. Rachel made Aliyah after the end of her program and now the Assistant Director at BOMAH in Jerusalem.


I was at a concert outside of the Old City with some friends last week during the first siren. Everyone knew that the country was facing activity that day and while we were all constantly checking the latest updates on our iPhones, we weren’t going to abandon the concert tickets we purchased out of fear of something that might not even disturb...

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July 09, 2014
Over the last few days, Israeli population centers have been targeted by rocket fire from Gaza, and the Israel Defense Forces have launched Operation Protective Edge, with the aim of restoring stability to Israeli civilians. The safety and security of Masa Israel Journey program participants, staff and partners is our top priority. We are in close and continuous contact with all of our programs and with the Home Front Command to monitor the situation.
 
We are instructing all Masa Israel programs to update participants regularly regarding security and safety procedures and to ensure access to shelters in case of civil defense alarms. Masa Israel is also working with program directors to make psychological and educational resources available as needed.
 
These are difficult days for Israel and for Jewish communities around the world. Masa Israel is committed to ensuring a safe and...
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