How to Learn Hebrew without really Trying!

By current WUJS participant, Garrett Krivicich   You can’t. I’m sorry if that title led you on. Get use to it though because that’s all people seem to do in this world. Lead you on. It’s pretty funny actually. No, actually, it’s horrible. Well, that’s not the point of this post. The point of my story today is to talk …


Yoga, Haircuts, and Life

By Garrett Krivicich, current WUJS participant When talking to my friends back in the States, I am always delighted to hear the questions that they have about Tel Aviv. Usually, the question has the following framework: “Do they have __________ in Tel Aviv?!?” Yes, if i had a shekel for every time I was asked this question, I would have …


My Israeli Diaries

By Alisa Itskova, WUJS Fall 2014 Participant Tel-Aviv, 31 January 2015 A week from now my Masa programme will be over and I will open a new chapter of my life. But as I’m writing these lines, I realize that the understanding of this fact hasn’t quite been processed by the right side of my brain. Ironically it feels like …


The Beginnings

By Alisa Itskova, WUJS participant So it’s been a little over a month that I find myself in this beautiful country called Israel. Sometimes I still can’t believe that I’m here, that I made it. And it wasn’t an easy decision to make. I knew that I wasn’t going to stay in Moscow, but at first I was considering doing …


A Meeting with Raanan Rein, Vice President of Tel Aviv University

By Ariana Jones, WUJS Participant First tell me a little about yourself… RR: I was born here in Israel. In fact my family has been here in Jewish Palestine since the 1880s, long before the establishment of the State of Israel. At least in Israeli terms, I’m an indigenous guy. I was trained originally as a journalist. I worked for …


Welcome to WUJS!

by Ricky Eytan, Director of WUJS in Israel Since joining WUJS Israel in 2008, I have had the good fortune to work with 12 different mahzorim (semesters) of participants as the coordinator and director.  Even the 13th time around, I can still feel palpable excitement as I think about how the participants – that I have only known until now by …


From Young Judaea’s Teens, a Lesson in Dialogue

by Dafna Laskin, Digital Communications Associate at Young Judaea This summer, participants on our Teen Summer Programs in Israel were invited to Camp Tel Yehudah for a leadership training weekend upon their arrival home. Among many other enriching sessions geared to help them unpack their experience in Israel, one of the activities we decided to run was a workshop on …


Israel en Español by Fernando Kopelman

Mes dos. He visto kipás, máscaras y más gatos de los que podría imaginar. Mientras el verano israelí de a poco se deja entrever,  los gatos que llenan las calles de Tel Aviv, como ardillas -o ratas- harían en otras ciudades, dejan de dormir sobre los capots aún tibios por los motores y se mudan a los techos de los …


Seeing Israel Through Art

By Erin Phillips, WUJS Arts Track Participant Art is a wonderful filter through which to view life and gain a unique perspective and understanding of people, places, cultures, and societies. As part of the WUJS Arts Track, I’ve been able to experience many different aspects of Israeli art that I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. Our weekly Arts Track …





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