March 22, 2018

My name is Emily and I am teaching English in Rahat, a Bedouin city in the northern Negev desert through Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. My co-teacher Anna and I take small groups of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders out of their English classes once a week. We review their clas...

March 15, 2018

A common conception about three-year-olds is that they have a tendency to be ‘difficult’. After volunteering with 20 kids of this age since the start of the year, I can confirm that this is true. This quality is nothing bad, it’s natural that kids of this age, who are...

March 5, 2018

I have tried thinking of a way to say this that will not sound cliché, but then I remembered that there is a reason that clichés have become such—because they are often true. And one of the truest lessons that I’ve learned from teaching in Jerusalem is that, in vital a...

February 25, 2018

“How was Israel?” “How much time do you have, and what flavor do you want this conversation to be?”

Now that I’m home, whenever someone asks how Israel is, I have to clarify if they want a 2 hour treatise on the history and status of refugees in Israel; a delineation of...

February 15, 2018

It’s Sunday morning and I am sitting at the the kitchen table at the Mechina with a hot mug of coffee in my hand, surrounded by the hectic buzz of the toranim (people on kitchen duty) cooking lunch. With a notebook and pen in hand, encircled by people cutting our daily...

February 11, 2018

BINA’s mission is to strengthen the Jewish-democratic character of Israel through limud (study), ma’ase (action) and kehilah (community), inspired by Jewish culture and values of tikkun olam (repairing the world). We are guided by Israel’s Declaration of Independence,...

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