Masa Israel Journey Blog

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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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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