Masa Israel Journey Blog

December 16, 2013
Young Judaea Year Course participant Sam Reichstein writes about volunteering in Bat Yam.
 
On my Year Course journey, I’m amazed at how much my life, and myself, have changed so much in such a short amount of time.
 
I am an active Young Judean,  so going on Year Course has been engrained in my head ever since I was around eleven years old. For years I would tell family and friends that I was planning to spend my first year out of high school in Israel, yet I never let myself think about it long enough to picture what exactly I would be doing.
 
Samantha ReichsteinNow Bat Yam, a 3-mile city most Americans have never heard of, with a 30% Russian population has crazily, yet indefinitely, become my home.  Bus routes have replaced my Hyundai Elantra, my local Randall’s has transformed into...
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December 06, 2013
by Rachel Gutman, Masa Israel Corps alumna
 
It wasn't until I lived in Israel as a Masa Israel Journey participant that I first learned any Israeli music. I hadn't been exposed to it before, I'm sad to say, but this was something my friends were determined to change. They introduced me to their favorites; I listened to the radio and heard new music every day. I quickly learned that I was a Mizrahi fanatic - what can I say, it's just too much fun not to dance to! I also discovered a band I could sing along with, as they were expanding into English language songs. Thus began my love affair with Balkan Beat Box, a group made up of Israeli ex-pats mostly living in New York. My friends and I watched their videos, learned the lyrics, and requested their...
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