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July 28, 2010
 
Allie Darrow of California spent five months interning at a microbrewery in Tel Aviv on Career Israel.
 
Israel has a magnetic effect on Allie Darrow.
 
Growing up in the Reform movement in the Bay Area, she first caught a whiff of Israeli culture through a synagogue youth group leader.
 
So when she had a chance to visit Israel for herself on a Birthright trip in 2009 she jumped at the chance. After that she was hooked.
 
“I’ve always wanted to come to Israel,” said the 25-year-old Californian who recently completed a five-month Career Israel program, one of the more than 180...
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July 26, 2010
 
By Adam Dembling, Tikkun Olam Tel Aviv Jaffa
 
I recently returned from five months of volunteer and study in Israel on a program called Tikun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.  As a volunteer on Tikun Olam, I found myself immersed in places and experiences that allowed me to work actively for change. For example, at the Israel Tennis Center-Jaffa, I taught tennis to a mixed group of Arabs and Jewish kids, who joined together as teammates to improve their play. I watched my group learn to work together both on the court and on the sidelines. Many of them did not grasp the significance of the group's diversity, but that was also the beauty of it.  When they entered the courts, the boundaries created by race and religion – so apparent in a tense city like Jaffa – disappeared.
 
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