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My Gap Year with BINA – A Life Changing Program

Nehama Dormont – a participant on BINA Gap Year in Tel Aviv, is summarizing her first five months on the … […]

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My Gap Year With BINA – Judaism Through a Secular Lens

Meet Kylie Heering – a participant on BINA Gap Year in Tel Aviv. Check out Kylie's own exciting summary of … […]

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Noah's Journey on MITF with BINA

Meet Noah Kaplan, a participant in our unique Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program with BINA in Tel Aviv. As an … […]

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Why Teach English in Israel?

Why Teach English in Israel? Looking to do something meaningful AND strengthen your career? There are many reasons to teach … […]

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Toda! Khop Chai! Shukran habibi!

OY. I’m back in the States now after my two years living, teaching, learning, and volunteering in Laos and Israel. … […]

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Way do Gap year in Israel - Bina

Why Do a Gap Year in Israel?

High school is coming to an end, and you’re ready to take the first real grown-up steps in life. But before you take the big leap into college or university and student life, you can upgrade your future with a gap year in Israel. […]

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Rahat Superheroes!

My name is Emily and I am teaching English in Rahat, a Bedouin city in the northern Negev desert through … […]

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Learning from the Children I Teach

A common conception about three-year-olds is that they have a tendency to be ‘difficult’. After volunteering with 20 kids of … […]

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Shopping lists with Drora

It’s Sunday morning and I am sitting at the the kitchen table at the Mechina with a hot mug of … […]

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What it’s like to volunteer in a south Tel Aviv pre school

Walking into my Gan (preschool in Hebrew) on the first day of volunteering went quite differently than I thought it … […]

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Gapsgiving

Being in a foreign county during Thanksgiving was not an easy experience. For us living in on the East Coast, … […]

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Good Deeds Day

To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task. -Sophocles It is hard to remember the first time one … […]

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My Jerusalem Conflict

Diana Tenenbaum is a participant on the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF) program in Jerusalem. Here are her reflections on Jerusalem Jerusalem … […]

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Rahat Superheroes!

Emily Umansky is a 22 year old participant from New York on the MITF Rahat Program. In this blog she … […]

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On Jerusalem, Teaching and Children

Diana Tenenbaum is a participant on the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF) program in Jerusalem. In this, her first blog, … […]

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In Search of the Next Big Thing

When selecting the right gap year for me, I found myself focusing on the “next big things” – the hours I would spend in the classroom poring over Jewish texts with which I’d never quite been able to connect, the volunteering experience in schools that need an extra hand and the effort I’d put into learning Hebrew. […]

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Finding My Spark – From Roanoke to Israel

Seeing something is believing in it, but experiencing something is understanding it. I entered Al Huda School in Rahat with little to no understanding of the Bedouin culture or experience within Israeli society, but left with a love and appreciation for the culture and the people. […]

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Making a Positive Impact on MITF Rahat (Video)

Shaina is a BINA Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in the Bedouin village of Rahat. Hear how through teaching English she … […]

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A Tale of Two Languages

Two young Jewish women walk into the classroom at an elementary school in Rahat and start teaching English in strong American accents. On the whiteboard in one of the classrooms on a mid-week morning, we found Arabic texts – remnants of an earlier lesson. Alongside the Arabic we saw English writing, written by the young English teachers, Shaina Lidd and Rachelle Lansky. […]

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