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 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...

December 13, 2017

I’ve spent my whole life trying to find myself in Judaism. I’ve never felt 100% comfortable in any Synagogue, nor have I identified 100% with any Rabbi. I was never part of a Jewish community. I spent a lot of my life explaining to people what it was to be Jewish (ofte...

November 20, 2017

One of the many fascinating things about Israel is its multiculturalism and its diverse population. It does not have a specific race or ethnicity of people as citizens but rather an interesting background of different cultures. Israel is made up of Arab Israelis, Jews...

November 6, 2017

I enjoyed my first day volunteering at Lasova soup kitchen. Lasova, provides a free and decent meal to the needy population of south Tel Aviv in a clean and friendly environment. On the morning of my first day, I got the bus from Jaffa where i live with eight other par...

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