Masa Israel Journey Blog

June 25, 2010
 
 
In 2005 I traveled to Poland and Israel with United Synagogue Youth (USY), one of two Jewish youth groups I was a part of, along with BBYO.  The five weeks I spent in Israel were some of the best of my life.  But it wasn’t enough—I wanted more and I knew I would have to return.
 
I spent five months studying at the Masa Israel supported program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev from the end of July to the end of December 2008.  I attend the University of Denver where approximately 70% of the undergraduate students study abroad – so I knew I would be spending part of...
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June 16, 2010
 
Masa Israel programs in Israel usually culminate with goodbye parties, reflective sessions and a strong feeling of pride for one’s experience. One Masa Israel program, however, has decided to make one last impression on Israel before they finish their program. Hakfar Hayarok is home to the Because We Care program. Participants in the program volunteer in the kfar teaching English enrichment courses, tutoring students in English and working on the farm. Above that, they have created projects and programs for the students including movie nights, a rugby team, hip hop dancing, trivia nights and scavenger hunts.
 
As they began to think about where their paths were leading to, program director Lori Schaefer Bacher came to them in a meeting and said, “What about a summer camp?” They began discussing the details of running a summer camp, and the more they talked, the more they realized that they had...
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