Masa Israel Journey Blog

September 22, 2010
By Ana Harmon, Austin, TX, Dance Journey
 
It all began with a small sign posted at the University of Texas Hillel’s bulletin board, “Dance in Israel.”
 
At the time, I had been dancing for a ballet company in Austin while simultaneously trying enrich my life with college courses and Jewish involvement. A program so ideal, combining artistic and cultural desires of mine in Israel on a Kibbutz, sounded like a scam.
 
I was there for 10 months, it’s real.
 
First, the environment—you will wake up each morning surrounded by vegetation and the green rolling hills of the Galilee.  The studios are tucked beautifully in the Kibbutz, many with wide, open windows exposing you to the natural setting. I loved exploring new ways of moving and digging in to...
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September 22, 2010
 
By Jordan Kalik, Charleston, South Carolina, Young Judaea Year Course
 
My first Yom Kippur spent in Israel was definitely one to remember.  After looking out the window, watching bus after bus of Chasidim traveling to the Holy City of Jerusalem for the chag, our group finally arrived in Jerusalem:  the holiest of places for the holiest of holidays. My friends and I settled into our accommodations for the night, cooked, and ate a huge amount of food to stock up for the next 24 hours of fasting.  Feeling temporarily energized, we walked down Emek Refaim St. to people-watch.
 
People-watching on Yom Kippur in Israel is an experience like no other.  Traffic completely stops so Israelis of all ages roam into the middle of even the busiest of streets. This day has been unofficially...
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