Masa Israel Journey Blog

October 15, 2010
 
Now that the chagim are over, you’ve finally started a regular schedule, whether it’s studying, interning, or volunteering (or a combination of those). But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of your weekends and explore Israel!
 
Supplement your program’s siyyurim with your own—as any Israeli will tell you, there is no better way to get to know the country than to go out and explore it yourself. Here are six things you can do to make the most of your free time in Israel.
 
  1. Create your own hummus tour We challenge you to find the best hummus in all of Israel! Ask Israeli friends for advice, or walk around to find the hidden gems. For an extra challenge, find a recipe and try making your own. If you need a few hints on where to start, we recommend Abu Chasan in Jaffa (also known as Ali Caravan), Chumus Said in Acco, and...
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October 14, 2010
 
By Jessica Louise, Boston, Kibbutz Ulpan
 
I grew up always being the lone Jewish girl. I would be the one who always missed school in September for the High Holidays, who would always be asked to explain “my peoples’  special holiday” to the class, and of course, the one who was always asked “so really, why did you guys kill Jesus?”  
 
I suppose it didn’t help that I spent my high school years attending an all girls Catholic school south of Boston where my lack of Irish step dancing and red hair made me stand out like a sore thumb. It was always this wanting for a Jewish community that motivated me to someday find one; I just didn’t know where to search.
 
Additionally, freshman year had been a rough year for me and I felt myself...
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