Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 29, 2010
 
By Eli Newman, Desert Sports Challenge
 
I decided to join the Desert Sports Challenge program because I loved every aspect of it. I came to Nitzana because I missed the way I felt from the first time I came to Israel. The thoughts of living permanently in a community in the middle of the Negev hadn’t really crossed my mind. All I thought about was getting to learn Hebrew, become as fit as possible, and travel around Israel for 5 months. All of which costs me next to nothing.
 
My favorite part of the program has been learning the languages. There are 100 Russians living as our neighbors. Twenty are in the Russian version of the same Masa Israel program. Eighty are in a program called MIR that prepares Russian high school graduates for the army or an...
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November 24, 2010
 
By Sarah Hindman, Career Israel
 
Sarah Hindman is a senior at the University of Southern California studying film. This article was originally published by New Voices Magazine.
 
The chapel at my Episcopalian boarding school was shaped like a crucifix.
 
I always tried to find a seat in the back corner so no one would see me when the reverend asked us to bow our heads. Instead, when the prayers mentioned Jesus, I would look at the ceiling and say the she’hecheyanu. It was the only blessing I remembered.
 
One summer in college, I again found myself looking at the ceiling. This time, instead of being the only Jew in the room, I was the only one going to Sderot...
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