“I live in Israel now so that their sacrifices weren’t for nothing.”

“I am the first generation in my family that has both freedom from anti-Semitism and the opportunity to benefit from the continuous security and hope that Israel provides. My father spent his childhood under a military dictatorship in Argentina that despised Jews. My grandparents and great-grandparents went through the Holocaust and countless generations of my family were persecuted and killed for being Jewish.

Israel is a product of many generations of our ancestors’ struggles to rebuild and resettle the Jewish homeland. Being in Israel has been a rewarding experience for me in terms of professional and personal growth. Above all, the significance of my time here is that I carry the legacy of my family (everything they hoped and died for) and I live in Israel now so that their sacrifices weren’t for nothing.” – Jennifer Tischler is a Masa participant of  Israel Government Fellows, a program of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. 

Masa Israel works to make it as easy as possible for Jewish young adults to come to Israel. If you’re considering spending some time in Israel next year – once this is all over – it’s not too early to start thinking about it now.

Take time to consider what next year can bring: maybe it means coming to Israel and volunteering with immigrants, teaching English, studying at a top Israeli university, or advancing your career in the startup nation.

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