Masa Israel Journey Blog

December 27, 2013
 
I initially wanted to attend the fall Masa Israel Leadership Summit for a few superficial reasons, the comfortable beds, nice shower and abundance of free food.  Spending the last four months in a cramped apartment in Ashdod made the summit impossible to pass up.  Most of what I expected to gain was a full belly, a few good nights' rest and clean hair. But I ended up getting a lot more than I bargained for.  
 
Due to the worst storm in Israel's collective memory, the summit was delayed by a day. I hadn't gotten the message until I was on my way to the meeting place in Tel Aviv.  When I arrived there was a lot of chaos and misinformation about where we could go and what was going on in Jerusalem.  People from other programs were...
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December 26, 2013
By Erika Wohl, participating in Masa's Career Israel program
 
This past month the world lost one of the greatest leaders in history. As I learn more about his vision and his leadership, it has reinforced my desire to work for social justice and to stand up and be a leader in the movements I am passionate about. For leaders around the world, Mandela was a reminder about the commitment and sacrifice it takes to achieve a dream. Nelson Mandela once said, “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” This combination of intellect, empathy, and persuasive expression is what I witnessed this past week at the Masa Israel Post-College Leadership Summit. Two hundred and fifty individuals, each with their own passion and vision for the future, came together to learn the paths...
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