<![CDATA[Career Israel- Israel Experience Ltd. - Career Israel Blog]]>Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:32:35 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[From Tel Aviv to Sderot: Beaches to Bomb Shelters by Sarah Hindman]]>Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:59:39 GMThttp://careerisraelblog.weebly.com/career-israel-blog/from-tel-aviv-to-sderot-beaches-to-bomb-shelters-by-sarah-hindman
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The damp air whisks past your sunburned cheeks and through your ocean-dried hair as you squint against the evening breeze. Pedestrians on the boardwalk watch as your long white dress dances around your legs and you wiggle your toes in the silky Mediterranean sand. Fresh hummus and out-of-the-oven pita bread arrive at your shoreline dining table, and with eyes to the stars and faint Israeli music in the background, you exhale the tangy smoke from the hookah pipe and inhale the salty draft. Welcome to Tel Aviv.

I was having the summer of a lifetime. Living in a four-story apartment building in the heart of Tel Aviv, I was just a short walk from the ocean-lined boardwalk, high-end restaurants, and exclusive nightclubs where I could dance the night away with the waves crashing behind me. I would wake up late and stroll through Ben Yehuda Street's artists' fair to graze through thousands of paintings, jewelry pieces and sculptures with an iced coffee in hand.

For Shabbat, my roommates and I met for a potluck dinner on the roof of our apartment building and told stories of our hometowns from around the world. When the sun went down signaling a new week, we would head to the shore for some authentic Israeli folk dancing. We poured wine and toasted our lives in the Holy Land. We wished each other a safe and successful week ahead.

I did not take these blessings casually. On Sunday, the first day of the Israeli work week, the pace of my life would suddenly change. To get to my internship on time, I was first out the door. I headed to the Central Bus Station, where I maneuvered my way through eager lines and puffs of cigarette smoke to the only empty gate in the crowded room. I waited for the bus to Sderot alone.

While other travelers pushed each other to get on buses headed to more popular destinations, I climbed aboard my bus quickly. "Sderot, bevakasha," I said with my best Israeli accent, and then surveyed the empty rows before picking a seat near the door, just in case.

The journey from Tel Aviv to Sderot is miraculous. In just 40 minutes, I went from street markets to fields filled with sunflowers, from skyscrapers to bomb shelters, and from the Mediterranean coastline to the Gaza viewpoint. I suddenly found myself in a city that has withstood over 12,000 Hamas rockets in the past decade. Attacks have injured over 1,000 Israelis, forcing businesses to close and residents to abandon their homes.

As a participant on Masa Israel's Career Israel program, I was an intern at the Sderot Media Center. With an internship description that included, "capturing footage of life under rocket fire", many questioned why I would chose such a notoriously dangerous area of the country to spend my time. Why not stay in Tel Aviv, pursue my film career in a top production company and enjoy the ease of my location? Instead of catching the bus at bomb shelter, I could catch rays by the beach on my lunch breaks. I could prop my feet up and enjoy the city skyline from my metropolitan cubicle instead of strategically sitting in a position that allowed a clear pathway to safety in case of an attack.

Somehow I knew that if I wanted to understand Israel's conflict, I needed to experience it firsthand. I also knew that if I wanted to enjoy Israel, I also needed to withstand the challenges. Of course this didn't make my constant anticipation of a seva adom, or red alarm, any easier.

At first glance, Sderot does not look like a war zone. There aren't demolished buildings and abandoned stores. Traumatized residents do not run in every direction, anticipating an attack.

Instead, Sderot is filled with colorful gardens, busy corner stores and steamy bakeries. Children stroll through playgrounds on their way to school. Elderly men hunch over chess games. Outdoor flea markets are busy with eager shoppers. The sun glistens through tall tress, swaying in the wind, revealing the vast open fields of the Negev.

Only when you look more closely do you see the cement structures with the signs over their entrances that read "Bomb Shelter" in stoic red letters. It takes a while before you realize that the colorful winding caterpillar tube in the children's playground is actually a bomb shelter. Only then do you comprehend that, at any moment, the daily routine of these residents could be thrown into chaos. In Sderot, rockets have become a normal interruption during a typical Sderot day.

Despite this reality, many residents stay in Sderot. They send their children to school, enjoy their day in the park, and live their lives as best as they can. I left Sderot at the end of each day and took their purpose and determination back to my comfortable Tel Aviv apartment building. As I walked the shoreline during evening strolls, the wind in my hair and the lights of the city reflecting off the ocean, the faces of those in Sderot stayed in my mind. I found as much pleasure in the relaxing lifestyle of Tel Aviv as I did in the perseverance of Sderot.

My double life in Tel Aviv and in Sderot started out as a long commute, but ended up teaching me profound lessons about the spirit of Israel. I felt transported back to 1948, a time in which day-to-day life had meaning and purpose. On my journey from Tel Aviv to Sderot, I went from one city to the next, from the coast to the conflict, and from living the life to fighting for it.

Sarah Hindman was a Masa Israel participant on Career Israel.  
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<![CDATA[I found my heart in Israel: A Career Israel love story (from the MASA Blog)]]>Wed, 22 Dec 2010 10:58:38 GMThttp://careerisraelblog.weebly.com/career-israel-blog/i-found-my-heart-in-israel-a-career-israel-love-story-from-the-masa-blogCalifornia-native Jessica Hertz remembers listening to the Career Israel participants’ introductions. “There was someone from Boston, someone from Los Angeles, and then there was this guy, Henrik from Denmark,” says Jessica. “I don’t even remember when we started dating, just that he kept sitting next to me on the bus and that we couldn’t stop talking to one another.”

After finishing her term as a program director at Hillel and applying to law school, Jessica enrolled in Career Israel to spend some time with her brother’s family and gain international work experience at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

“Finding a boyfriend was the last thing on my mind,” says Jessica. “I went to camp and was involved in Bnai Brith Youth Organization but I never met guys that way. I would always see couples get together but I thought that was for other people.”


During their first week on the program, Henrik started holding Jessica’s hand. “I was worried that this was all happening too soon. We weren’t on Birthright; we were on a five-month program,” says Jessica. “When I asked him about it, he said he just wanted to be friends. Confused, I asked him if he held all his friends’ hands and he actually said yes. I thought maybe it was a Danish thing.”

When Purim came around, Jessica invited Henrik to her brother’s home. “My brother is more religious than me and he urged me not to date until I was really ready for marriage. So when I brought Henrik, I just said that he was a guy from my program who had nowhere to go for the holiday,” says Jessica. “But after the holiday, my brother said, ‘I hope you’re going to date him because if you’re not, I will.’”

A month into the program, Henrik reacted negatively to Israeli medications. Unhappy with the medical advice he was getting, Jessica called her American doctor who urged him to get to a hospital. “I was freaking out and my mom said, ‘You just met this guy. You hardly even know him!’ When we later traveled to Egypt and Jordan together, she was shocked.”

After the program ended, Jessica returned to California before starting law school in Washington, and Henrik went back to Denmark. After a few days of being separated, Henrik decided to spend the summer in the States with Jessica.

“I thought it was crazy because we’d only known each other for a 5 months during the program, but he said let’s just see how it goes,” says Jessica. Within two months, Henrik proposed and they were engaged.

Jessica went with Henrik to Denmark, to see his 2,000-person Jewish community and to meet his family. Then Henrik decided to come live in the United States.

A few years later, with Henrik working as an electrical engineer and Jessica finishing up law school in Seattle, Jessica became pregnant. The couple now lives in Los Angeles and Jessica is due in a few months.

“My mom used to joke that most people go to Israel and return with a t -shirt, but I went to Israel and returned with a husband,” says Jessica. “I really didn’t think it was written in the stars for me, but after my experience, I wonder if that’s really what these programs are all about.”


http://www.themasaisraelblog.org/2010/12/20/i-found-my-heart-in-israel-a-career-israel-love-story/

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<![CDATA[Religion and State Seminar (by Rachel Barton)]]>Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:46:28 GMThttp://careerisraelblog.weebly.com/career-israel-blog/religion-and-state-seminar-by-rachel-bartonAt the Religion and State seminar held in Jerusalem on November 18, Career Israel participants were met with a series of stimulating and thought-provoking speakers which left everyone pondering questions of Jewish identity and what it means to have a Jewish state. The day was set up in a way that made sure all sides were represented, but also so that no viewpoint on the spectrum of religion and state went unchallenged. Based on the heartfelt and thoughtful discussions that ended the program and continued on into the evening thereafter, it was clear that the seminar was successful both in providing answers and raising new questions in the minds of all who were present.

 

The seminar began with an introduction by Josh Weinberg, a reserve officer in the IDF spokesperson’s unit andeducator and guide for the Reform movement in Israel. This introductory lecture, though intended to be an impartial representation of the issues at hand, already brought up the first stirrings of debate and revealed the complexities behind the question of whether Israel can simultaneously exist as both a Jewish state and as a secular democratic institution.

 

The day progressed with a lecture by Dr. Dov Maimon, a professor of public policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, and a member of Israel's Haredi, or ultra-orthodox community. Dr. Maimon gave a passionate representation of one far end of the spectrum of the religion-and-state debate; the Haredi perspective that religion, specifically traditional Judaism, should play a central role in the governance of daily life in Israel. Dr. Maimon was met with question after question, both in agreement and dissent, regarding this stance and created quite a stir that left everyone questioning if the existence of such a religious and democratic state was possible.

 

The final speaker of the day, Anat Hoffman, brought the seminar back to the opposite end of the spectrum with an equally engaging and controversial stance. Hoffman is a founding member of Women of the Wall, an activist group which fights for equal religious rights for women, and is the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, an organization which promotes Jewish pluralism, tolerance, and equality. Hoffman argued not that religion does not have a place in state affairs, but that it should not influence them in such a way that it causes unequal policy towards any particular group. Her passionate mission was reflected in her repeated entreaty to the audience to "raise hell" and fight for women to be able to practice Judaism freely and publicly at the Western Wall the way men are permitted.

 

After a day of such fervent debate and the raising of such a complex web of questions, it's a wonder that no one's head was spinning upon leaving the seminar. However, no matter the perspectives taken up during the day or what previous conclusions  were dismantled, all participants were engaged and benefitted from an important debate regarding Israel and Jewish identity. After all, this is a central question which affects us all and for many was the reason for coming to Israel in the first place. It is rare that we are presented point-blank with an opportunity to spend the day wrestling with our identities together, and this, if nothing else, was the uniting factor of the day. 

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<![CDATA[Post Title.]]>Wed, 24 Nov 2010 05:07:51 GMThttp://careerisraelblog.weebly.com/career-israel-blog/post-title-click-and-type-to-editThis is your new blog post. Click here and start typing, or drag in elements from the top bar.]]><![CDATA[Watching trauma through the lens of a camera by Sarah Hindman]]>Wed, 24 Nov 2010 05:07:10 GMThttp://careerisraelblog.weebly.com/career-israel-blog/watching-trauma-through-the-lens-of-a-camera-by-sarah-hindman This is the first part of a New Voices series on Sderot. Find the second part of the series here.

The chapel at my Episcopalian boarding school was shaped like a crucifix.

I always tried to find a seat in the back corner so no one would see me when the reverend asked us to bow our heads. Instead, when the prayers mentioned Jesus, I would look at the ceiling and say the she'hecheyanu. It was the only blessing I remembered.

One summer in college, I again found myself looking at the ceiling. This time, instead of being the only Jew in the room, I was the only one going to Sderot.

"It's that place where all the rockets are falling," I would tell my friends about the embattled southern Israeli town near Gaza. The Career Israel internship program had set me up to be a media intern with the Sderot Media Center, which documents rocket attacks on southern Israel. In the program, I would film lives under attack and edit my footage, which the center would then broadcast to the public.

"Are you crazy?" my friends would say. I couldn't help asking myself the same question.

Career Israel had made the decision easy for me by taking care of most of the logistics. When I found myself alone in the back of Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station, though, the weight of my choice hit me. The other terminals were packed with eager travelers, but I was the only one on my way to Sderot.

When I got there, I saw a bomb shelter next to the bus stop, I couldn't help but think back to the alarming films I had witnessed in preparation for the trip—the heart-stopping tzeva adom, or code red, and the physical and psychological damage that went along with it.

I jumped into the shelter, ready for any signal of the approaching attack. After a few minutes of no explosions, I poked my head out to find that my shelter was one of several in a row. I darted for the next—also empty. I was the only one jumping from shelter to shelter.

I had expected to see the Sderot residents with nervous expressions and panic-stricken eyes. I imagined terrorized buildings surrounded by rubble. Instead, I found students lounging on the grass or sipping coffee at picnic tables, elderly woman carrying groceries and children eating ice cream.

One of my first assignments was with the Sderot Treatment Theater Project, an initiative to offer teenage girls a coping strategy through theater therapy. The girls had compiled their experiences in a script that they met daily to rehearse.

The girls at the rehearsal were practically the same age as me, but unlike American teens they weren't practicing for a musical. Instead, their challenge was to reconstruct the trauma of their everyday life in order to achieve some kind of relief from the stress.

When the time came for a reenactment of the tzeva adom, I lost all sense of what I was doing. Shattering screams filled the room. The girls ran in every direction. They buried their faces in one another and huddled—anticipating the danger that approached them. A large crash sounded and one girl lay still on the stage, a symbol of those that were killed during the attack. The girls cried over her lifeless body.

Then the director yelled, "Cut" and the moment was over. Somebody pulled the girl off the ground and they continued on to the next scene. Later, my footage would become a promotional video for the Sderot girls' play, and they would perform "Children of Qassam Avenue" at the Knesset almost a year later.

These girls are alone and I am alone. They will keep struggling to make the rest of the world know what it is to go through life in Sderot—no matter how many times they perform the play, and I will still be unable to explain to my friends why I went to Sderot—no matter how many times I talk about commitment and sacrifice. But what they've learned, what this play has taught them, is that what matters most is that they can explain it to themselves.

And now I know that it doesn't matter whether I can answer others when they ask me why I went to Sderot, or why I insisted on saying a Jewish prayer in a Christian school. Watching these girls leave the rehearsal, I understood that what mattered was that I knew the answer, even if I was the only one.

Sarah Hindman is a senior at the University of Southern California studying film. She interned through Masa Israel Journey at the Sderot Media Center.

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<![CDATA[A bit about Ari Rokni's experience on Career Israel so far!]]>Mon, 15 Nov 2010 05:49:37 GMThttp://careerisraelblog.weebly.com/career-israel-blog/a-bit-about-ari-roknis-experience-on-career-israel-so-farMy Background/Career Israel

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business with degrees in Marketing and Risk Management & Insurance, I wasn’t sure what my next step in life would be. Having participated the previous year on the study abroad program, Semester at Sea, and visiting 14 different countries while circumnavigating the globe on a ship, I knew one thing for sure. I wanted to spend more time abroad. However, I wasn’t looking to teach English or do volunteer work. It was very important to me to partake in something worthwhile; something where I can gain useful experience and apply some of the concepts I studied in college.

 

Growing up in a conservative Jewish family which has always been involved in Pro-Israel organizations, I became involved with AIPAC, America’s leading Pro-Israel lobby, when I was high school and remain actively involved today. Continuing, I was involved with, and during my senior year became the president of, a Pro-Israel group on my campus. Thus, coupling my desire to work abroad with my love for Israel seemed like the perfect combination.

 

This led me to my campus’s Hillel, where I began to look at different options for post-graduates in Israel. Here, I learned about Career Israel, a professional internship program in which university graduates from all over the world come to Israel to work in either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv in their field of expertise.  Career Israel is under the umbrella of MASA (The Jewish Agency), an organization that brings recent graduates to Israel, offering them grants and scholarships to participants on its programs. Before coming to Israel, participants work with a placement coordinator to find a suitable and interesting internship. The current Career Israel program has 120 participants, primarily from the United States, with others also from the UK, Australia, and parts of Europe and Latin/South America. In addition to the internship component of the program, we partook a month of ulpan classes, have heard from a wide variety of speakers, and have and will continue to travel around Israel, all as part of a unique group dynamic.

 

WHY MATIMOP?

Before arriving in Israel, my work with my placement coordinator and Career Israel director Elana Kaminka yielded a variety of interesting companies and organizations in and around Tel Aviv. After learning about each of them, MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Center for R&D, captured my interest.  Furthermore, after a coincidental meeting with MATIMOP’s David Miron Wapner on my campus, MATIMOP became my leading choice. But why? While its day-to-day activities may not appear to directly relate to my studies, MATIMOP’s purpose is what really captivated me.  In its most fundamental sense, MATIMOP has two goals. One is to assist in the development of new R&D projects and the other is to promote and market Israel and its companies to the rest of the world. Having gained a tremendous interest in Israel’s many technological miracles after reading the critically acclaimed Start-Up Nation, MATIMOP was the ideal place for me during my six months in Israel. 

 

EXPERIENCE SO FAR

In my time at MATIMOP, I have been involved with a myriad of tasks and given a variety of responsibilities. It has been a pleasure to be working with Avi Luvton and Merav Tapiero in MATIMOP’s Asian and South American department. To get a feel for how the organization functions and the types of projects and companies it works with, I began by compiling a booklet of “Success Stories,” examining about 15 approved partnerships between Israeli and Asian/Latin American companies.  I’ve also assisted in providing an analysis of and recommendations for Israel’s involvement in the water technology driven India Group. Moreover, I had the chance to study and break down a couple Seventh Framework Programme proposals, pertaining to new environmental R&D ventures. The next project that I will have the opportunity to assist with will be the development of a new CRM based IT System for MATIMOP.

 

This past week, on October 26th and 27th, I was fortunate enough to attend two dinners of the first of four Eureka (a European organization that promotes R&D globally) conferences in Israel this year.  Being the only full non-European member of Eureka and the chairman of the commission put MATIMOP and Israel in a very unique position.  During the conference, I immediately understood some of MATIMOP’s goals for the chairmanship. Despite the many meetings and sessions that were held during the day, MATIMOP understood the uniqueness of having such a high-caliber delegation here and seized the opportunity to really show off and market Israel to them from a non-technological perspective.  When briefly speaking with a delegate from Spain and learning that this was his first time here, I asked him what he thought of Israel.  Not to say that he had a prior negative view of Israel by any means, he was most certainly impressed and in some cases blown away by what he had seen in just a few days, all as a result of MATIMOP strategically using Israel’s annual chairman position.

 

CONCLUSIONS

Having been in Israel for just over two months now, I am comfortably settled in and no longer feel like a tourist in a foreign city.  I have a group of new and old friends, a new daily routine, and generally a new Israeli lifestyle.  I am tremendously enjoying my time at MATIMOP and am confident that my responsibilities will only increase and my assignments will only become more interesting.  All of this begs the question: What next?  Despite booking a round trip flight to return in February, I came to Israel more than willing, if not eager, to extend my stay.  So when I’m asked questions about staying longer and even Aliyah, I by no means dismiss them.  If I have a worthwhile opportunity, whether it is to continue at MATIMOP or pursue something completely different, I am enthusiastic to remain in Israel. I’ve studied and cared about Israel my entire life, but this time I’m not touring with my family and I’m not here on a high school pilgrimage trip. Now, for the first time, I am enjoying living here and contributing at MATIMOP.

 

For more information about Career Israel and MASA…

www.careerisrael.com

www.masaisrael.org

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<![CDATA[True Life: I Live on a Kibbutz (by Ellie Tepper)]]>Sat, 23 Oct 2010 07:00:00 GMThttp://careerisraelblog.weebly.com/career-israel-blog/true-life-i-live-on-a-kibbutz-by-ellie-tepperThis weekend Stef, Becca, Keren, and I went to visit our friend Guy from camp his Kibbutz: Kibbutz Gazit. It was a BLAST! Kibbutz life is very interesting and, to be honest, something I could get VERY used to. Everything is so relaxed and everyone is a big family. Compared to Tel Aviv, you could hear a pin drop it was so peaceful! This particular kibbutz is a dairy farm.They used to have a school and have the children live separately from their parents during schooling, but they have modernized. There are about 300 families who live on the kibbutz. Families live in beautiful homes that are able to accommodate everyone. When the children turn 18 and after they go to the army, they are able to live in a small apartment-like room for a couple of years before going to school. The kibbutz also has a huge dining hall, rec-room, classrooms, places for teens to hang out, sports facilities, and other amenities a tiny town would need. 

On Friday when we arrived, we went directly to Guy’s parents house to meet them, along with his brother, sister, brother-in-law, and nephews. Everyone was so welcoming and a felt at home the minute I walked into the house. We enjoyed some mint tea (grown in their backyard) and a small snack to hold us over before Shabbat dinner. We went to Guy’s apartment/room to freshen up and then headed to the dining hall (chadder ochel) for Shabbat dinner. Everyone in the kibbutz comes together for the meal, which is served buffet style. You name the food, they had it! Schnitzel, chicken, meatballs, rice, mashed potatoes, bilinzies, soup, salad, ect. It was delicious and all home cooked. After a filling meal, we headed to the moadon-the rec room-for some coffee and cookies. We sat outside and watched all of the adorable little children play together. The best part in my opinion of living on a kibbutz is how many children there are to play with! Since we OBVIOUSLY didn’t have enough to eat before (cough cough YEAH RIGHT), we went back to Guy’s parents for dessert. When we finished, we headed over to the local Kibbutz pub for a few beers and cards before finally calling it a night.

The next day, we took a nice tour of the entire kibbutz. Guy was a great tour guide and showed us the ins and outs. We headed over to the dairy farm to meet the cows and goats.We were able to see how they milk the cows and pet the little calves.Becca and Keren were brave and let the baby suck on their fingers. Gross! When we finished in the farm, we took a wonderful walk to the orchards. There they grow avacados, oranges, lemons, and delicious pamellows (they were my favorite!). We enjoyed a pamellow while sitting in a beautiful memorial.Afterwards we headed back to Guy’s parents for lunch. We had chinese noodles, chicken, empanadas, and of course dessert. Sadly it was time to say goodbye not soon after the meal and we hopped on the bus back to noisy Tel Aviv. I will definitely be back soon!

As a post birthday celebration, my friends and I went to MAX BRENNER’S! Chocolate chocolate EVERYWHERE! DELICIOUS!

**The sharing platter, which most of us got, had fondue (with assorted cookies and fruits), marshmallows (with a fire to roast them), waffle, chocolate egg roll, benyas, a shot of chocolate, ice cream (vanilla, white, dark, or milk chocolate flavored), and chocolate pudding. AKA: CHOCOLATE COMA!

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<![CDATA[First Impressions of Tel Aviv Restaurants: King George Street (by Lauren Goldstein)]]>Wed, 20 Oct 2010 15:05:20 GMThttp://careerisraelblog.weebly.com/career-israel-blog/first-impressions-of-tel-aviv-restaurants-king-george-street-by-laura-eisenPicture
I moved to Tel Aviv, Israel a month ago from the suburbs of Washington, DC to work with TasteTLV.com. I decided to work with the organization after reading the founders bios on the website. We seemed to be kindred spirits in our love of food and finding new and unique places to eat. After hearing about the success of the Taste TLV events I became even more excited to work for them. Though really it all comes down to my love of food and exploring new cities.
Upon my arrival to Israel, I was of course filled with a craving for hummus, shwarma, and shakshuka. But Tel Aviv is a diverse city and I was excited to try still undiscovered cuisines that I knew were waiting for me.
I was overjoyed to discover that I could find an array of restaurants just going up and down my street.

For example, during my first month here I was enrolled in an ulpan class on King George Street. During our morning break, the other students and I would flock to the juice stand located on the same block as my ulpan class. Fresh squeezed juice is simple, but unbeatable on Israeli on sticky summer days. Our “juice guy”, as I like to call him, is right on King George Street between Bograshov Street and Meir Park. 

You will know the stand by the blasting reggae music that drifts onto the sidewalk and the juice guy’s prominent dreadlocks. There are an infinite number of juices to mix, but my personal favorite combination is ginger-pomegranate. It is spicy and tart and will get rid of any hint of a cold brought on by too many late nights in this city that is awake around the clock. 

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<![CDATA[Tel Aviv: Eat Fresher (by Andrea Mann)]]>Wed, 20 Oct 2010 15:01:59 GMThttp://careerisraelblog.weebly.com/career-israel-blog/tel-aviv-eat-fresher-by-andrea-mannPicture
Living in Tel Aviv has made me seriously question the validity of Subway’s “Eat Fresh” campaign. And, rightfully so. Tel Aviv is one of those cities where you can walk into any restaurant, be it a hole-in-the wall in a dark alleyway or a grungy looking stand in the middle of the overcrowded Shuk, and you will be greeted with the freshest ingredients available. Seeing as there are al fresco markets on every street corner offering an array of rainbow colored fruits and vegetables, it’s not surprising that restaurant goers have come to expect the freshest of the fresh.

Yet, for some inexplicable reason, after being in Tel Aviv for a few weeks, I started to miss my simple turkey and swiss sandwich. So, I shamefully admit that I ventured over to Ben Yehuda to hit up the classic example of “fresh” food: Subway. I was overly excited as the sandwich artist toasted my turkey and cheese on honey oat and doused it in ranch dressing. (This may be the only restaurant in Tel Aviv that has ranch). But when all was said and done, it was just a Subway sandwich and I was disappointed in myself for expecting otherwise.
Eager to satisfy my taste buds, I decided to check out a little kiosk that my friend had recommended. Nestled among the trees on the median strip of Ben Gurion and Dizengoff is an unobtrusive sandwich kioskthat my friend referred to as “Dizzy Sandwiches”.  Although there is no evidence on the little wooden hut and you can't find any information about it on Google, I later discovered that this hidden neighborhood delicatessen is officially named Ariel’s, after the owner's son.

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<![CDATA[Day 41-45: First week of work (by Bailey Spagat)]]>Sun, 17 Oct 2010 07:00:00 GMThttp://careerisraelblog.weebly.com/career-israel-blog/day-41-45-first-week-of-work-by-bailey-spagatOn Sunday I started work. I'm working with a photographer is his studio. The photographer's name is Eyal Landesman. He is a very well known photography in Israel and around the world and was nominated for a Grammy last year for his stop motion music video Her Morning Elegance. The video was made up of 2096 still photographs and then animated to create the illusion of movement. There is currently a gallery in California which displays a selection of the photographs, while the others (just one print of every frame of the video) are being sold, which brings me to my first project- helping the studio with the PR of the gallery and selling the photographs (So if anyone wants to buy one… they are super cool (http://hmegallery.com/)).

This week was crazy busy since the studio had a gallery opening on Wednesday, so everyone was running in and out of the studio- some days I had tons to do, like editing and cropping photos (on my first day!) or making a video for the opening, and some days I didn't have very much to do… but I'm sure that's the way it'll remain for the next 4 months.

They invited me to the gallery opening on Wednesday, which was sooo cool! I was able to bring two friends so it was nice to show them what I'll be taking part in for the next few months and it also gave me a great opportunity to really get to know the photographer that I'm working with a little better.

The atmosphere at the studio is amazing and has really reaffirmed to me that this is the industry that I want to be working in. I don't have a desk, nor do most of everyone else who works in the studio and I sit on the couch all day on my mac… even when I have nothing to do I love being here… It's a far way from my cubicle of solitude this summer.

I can't wait for what's in store for me and I'm so excited for when we have someone come into the studio for a shoot so that I can compare with the shoots that I have directed.

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