Masa Israel Journey Blog

October 06, 2010
 
By Amy Schmidt, Young Judaea Year Course, Los Angeles, CA
 
Shalom from Israel! My name is Amy and I’m a Year Course participant from Southern California.  I decided to do the Culinary Track because, as a long-time lover of food, I wanted to learn as much about it as I possibly could, and after only a few weeks, I can say I’ve absolutely made the right choice!
 
The Culinary Track began in the way that I personally believe that everything should begin: with a good meal and good conversation with people who share similar interests. Though we were told immediately of the delicious adventures in store for us, I don’t think any of us could have foreseen them.  I can’t really describe the feeling of excitement that seized me when we first arrived at the famous Machane...
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October 05, 2010
 
In an Israeli “dance village,” students test their boundaries and discover peace of mind. One dancer reports.For a tiny country, Israel spawns a whole lot of contemporary dance. Last fall, Elena Hecht, a native of NYC and Barnard College graduate, traveled halfway across the globe for a year of total immersion in movement, nature, and kibbutz culture. Here she reflects on the transformative Dance Journey experience:
 
There are not many places in the world where high-level dance training and nature converge. But imagine a tranquil community where students live side by side with the renowned choreographer whose work they are studying, as well as the seasoned professionals in his company.
 
A home to studios with...
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