MASA Mega 2009: Israel, Your Home Away from Home

This past Sunday night, 2000 participants from current MASA long-term programs gathered at Jerusalem’s Convention Center, Binyaney Ha”Umma, for the annual Mega Event. Representing scores of programs, and countries, the crowd was on a continual high all night. The only downside – the outrageous prices charged by the Falafel concessionaire!

The lead performers, The Idan Raichel Project, were an absolute hit with both the young adult participants and the visiting JAFI Board guests.

Here’s a selection from their latest album, Within My Walls.


about: The Idan Raichel Project burst onto Israel’s music scene in 2002, changing the face of Israeli popular music and offering a message of love and tolerance that resonated strongly in a region of the world where headlines are too often dominated by conflict. With an enchanting blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds coupled with sophisticated production techniques and a spectacular live show, the Idan Raichel Project has become one of the most unexpected success stories in Israeli music history.

Shabbat Shalom.