First Adventures in Israel

By Katie Spector, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Beit She’an


I’ve now been in Israel 6 days and let me tell you how fantastic it is! We went to the Golan Heights for a seminar and spent time with the other Masa Tlalim members from Be’er Sheva and Netyana. It was great getting to know other people from our trip and spend time as a whole group instead of our little foursome.

I’ve been loving the activities we’ve been doing including hiking, swimming in a spring, going to Mt. Hermon (when it’s supposed to be closed), and did I mention hiking?



In the last three days, I hiked about 6 miles and loved it! Of course, it’s hot, but I’m getting used to it already.



As a small group those of us from Beit She’an continue to grow close. I’m loving the growing family atmosphere that I think we are starting to have. We can each make fun of each other and joke around without upsetting the other because we know that if we seclude ourselves, it will just make it that much more lonely.


Yesterday we went for a 3-mile walk on the El Al trail. It was beautiful seeing small streams and then the beautiful spring. Overall it was a great hike. After that, we went to Mt. Hermon which so far has been my favorite, despite the slightly terrifying ski lift ride, once at the top, the view was gorgeous.


I couldn’t get over the beautiful view and the beauty of being up so high. It put a lot into perspective for me. Being up there showed me part of the reason that I decided to come to Israel in the first place.


All in all, this was a great first weekend in Israel. I can’t wait to keep having adventures and to see as much as I can in the year that I’m here!


Bye for now!


Originally published on on September 5, 2016.