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...

September 14, 2017


I’m back in the States now after my two years living, teaching, learning, and volunteering in Laos and Israel. So how the hell am I supposed to distill my thoughts here, summing up two years of experiences and feelings?

With lists of course!

After my year in Laos, I...

March 30, 2017

Originally published in The Roanoke Times

After graduating from a college with fewer than 30 Jewish Students, Shaina Lidd decided to spend a year in Israel. She joined a secular Yeshiva, and started teaching Arab-Israelis in the Bedouin city of Rahat.

When the clock st...

September 21, 2016

The MASA Israel Teaching Fellows program arrives in Nazareth! This item appeared this week in ‘Ovdah’ – a Nazareth local newspaper. The text explains that four Americans have just arrived in Israel to take part in the Israel Teaching Fellows program In Nazareth. The pr...

First published Hebrew in Yedioth HaNegev, March 2016

“Some would say that is sounds like a post-apocalyptic vision, but for Shaina Lidd and Rachelle Lansky, choosing to teach English to children in the Bedouin sector was a natural choice. These young women came to Isra...

March 27, 2016

To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task. -Sophocles

It is hard to remember the first time one of my pupils told me that they loved me. To be honest, I get told that I am loved almost every hour of the school day – something that at times borders on creepy, bu...

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