Masa Israel Journey Blog

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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October 04, 2010
 
By Max Gelb, New York, NY, Kibbutz Ulpan
 
My first glimpse of the flourishing green olive groves amid the dry and sandy Negev confirmed exactly why I wanted to live on Kibbutz Revivim.  Growing up in bustling Manhattan, I was always interested in experiencing life in a more tranquil and geologically different environment.  When I learned that Masa Israel’s Kibbutz Ulpan program would allow me to accomplish this while simultaneously pursuing my interests in Israel and Hebrew, I decided that the Kibbutz Ulpan at Revivim was right for me.
 
Prior to my participation in the Kibbutz Ulpan during the winter of 2009, my only experience in Israel had been my Birthright trip two years before.  After Birthright, I...
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