Masa Israel Journey Blog

October 11, 2010
 
By Ariel Bigio, Young Judaea Year Course madricha
 
For my first blog post, I wanted to introduce myself and share why I chose to work with Year Course. My name is Ariel Bigio and I am originally from Rockville, Maryland. I attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and my first trip to Israel was with my senior class on the Alexander Muss High School in Israel program. This trip had a momentous impact on my life and truly ignited my passion and interest for Israel.
 
While several of my classmates signed up for Year Course, I chose to go straight to the University of Maryland for my freshman year. To this day, I have distinct memories of sitting in my dorm room reading the emails from my friends on Year Course about their many adventures, experiences, and new memories...
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October 07, 2010
By Alex Kadis, Otzma, Cleveland, OH
 
Somehow a month has already passed us by. In that time, we’ve been taught about our history and our faith, helped each other overcome our fears, “rode” camels, floated in the Dead Sea, practiced yoga, attended a rally, hiked to a waterfall, moved into merkaz klita (absorption center) Beit Canada, began studying Hebrew together, watched the sun rise over the Old City in Jerusalem, welcomed in the new year, ate massive amounts of food with our new host families, celebrated a couple birthdays (Jason Winkler and Shauna Gamsey), and witnessed the serenity of Jerusalem on Yom Kippur. Perhaps most importantly, we’ve become a family.
 
Our introduction to Israel was fast-paced, exciting and highly varied. On our very first group hike, we helped fellow group members overcome their fears of very,...
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