Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : March 28, 2014
At Masa Israel, we mean business. Literally.
Living in Israel challenges you to excel in ways that no other experience can, and employers are starting to take notice. We’re bringing together some the most exciting organizations and companies, both inside the Jewish community and out, to meet Masa Israel participants and alumni at the Masa Israel Community Online Career Expo
If that isn’t enough to convince you to participate, here are a few more reasons you should check it out:
1. Bring your passion to campus. Masa Israel alumni have been hired to work at Hillels on over 20 campuses, and Hillel’s talent recruiters are interested in “populat[ing] Hillel’s professional cohort with talented individuals and budding leaders who are actively exploring Israel and reinforcing their Jewish and Israel connections.” They want to meet individuals who are looking to work with students and campus partners to create a robust, vibrant, and positive Jewish presence on campuses and in communities. If that’s you, then Hillel is the perfect fit.
2. Make the Jewish community a better place. Whether you’re interested in young adult engagement, community development, or Israel and overseas initiatives, working for a Jewish Federation can be a great way to become a leader in the Jewish community. The Jewish Federations of North America manages talent acquisition for Jewish federations across the country and they can help you figure out what federation and what type of position would be the best fit.
Or, learn about positions and opportunities in the Schusterman Philanthropic Network, a global enterprise that supports and creates innovative initiatives for the purpose of igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world.
3. Make the world a better place. What could be better than doing well while doing good? Start your career off serving the community as a Repair the World Fellow, where you’ll work to mobilize volunteers in communities across the US; learn about the JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps, where you’ll serve abroad on behalf of the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization; become an Avodah corps member and work to address urban poverty in a nonprofit organization, or even join the staff of Teach for America to close the education gap in the US.
4. Connect to top companies like Wells Fargo and EY (Ernst and Young). Drop of your resume for L Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, or chat with Acquis Consulting, a management consulting firm voted one of the “Best Small Firms to Work For.” 
5. Work for the organizations you love. If you grew up in BBYO, went to a Union for Reform Judaism synagogue or summer camp, miss your days in Young Judaea, went to Jewish day school, or loved your Masa Israel experience, we all want to hire you to help others have experiences like yours. Help keep these organizations strong and vibrant by joining the staff, working at camp, or advising a youth group!
6. Make engaging with Israel your job. Whatever your political leanings, we want to keep you connected to Israel. Check out jobs across the country at AIPAC strengthening relations between the United States and Israel, or nab a campus internship with J Street to mobilize work for the future of Israel as a Jewish, democratic county.
7. Get help polishing up your resume. If you stop by the Masa Israel booth, we’ll go over your resume and help you make it stronger so you can make a better impression in your job or internship search. You can already start preparing for the fair with our Masa Works resources, and our alumni team will help you bring your resume to the next level. (Also, we have other great opportunities for alumni we can tell you about!)
Ridiculously awesome, right? You can meet all of these employers from the comfort of your couch (you don’t even have to wear a tie).
Sound good? We thought so. Register now at
Published : March 20, 2014
by Lisa Motenko
This past summer I left Berkeley Hillel, where I was on staff for four amazing years, to head to Israel.  I didn’t grow up in Jewish day school, or have extensive experience in Israel – so my time had come to spend a year immersing myself in Jewish text and living in the land of milk and honey. My goal for studying with the Pardes Experiential Educators Program was to take experiential education programs to a higher level by infusing them with real Jewish content and meaning. I have found this year in Israel to be challenging, inspiring, overwhelming, and comforting at the same time.
When approached to be the madricha for the new Masa-Hillel Fellowship, I jumped at the opportunity to take what I am learning in class into the real world. This six month professional development fellowship combines both theory and practice to prepare current Masa Israel participants to start their careers with Hillel. The fellows also receive personalized support during their job search, and are promoted to the Hillels that are hiring. (I wish I had this kind of a program when I was starting in the field!)
In total the fellows are experiencing six sessions and a Shabbaton. The sessions cover the key skills and qualities needed as a Hillel professional. I see the Fellowship as a process moving from theory to practical skills to inspiration. Let me give you the breakdown:
The first couple of sessions were dedicated to introducing ourselves, Hillel, relationship-based engagement, and Jewish text study in chevruta. In the middle session, participants were taken through the process of interviewing – learning how to articulate their values and make personal mission statements. They also spoke with Hillel professionals who are currently hiring – getting an inside perspective about the hiring process. Future sessions will involve learning how to use Jewish texts and content in our work as Hillel professionals. Fellows will also explore their own Jewish Journeys and establish ways to elicit these stories from others. We will wrap up the Fellowship with a reflection on how to use this year in Israel as inspiration for working on campus. And of course, no program in Israel would be complete without a pep-talk from our very own Avraham Infeld.
Each session is held at a different location in Israel – we have already been to IDC in Hertzelia, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, and Pardes in Jerusalem. This allows the participants to get a taste of what Hillel is like in Israel, see the different campuses, and meet the key players in these Jewish organizations. The Fellowship is a win-win situation for everyone involved; participants receive in-person professional development along with Hillel International holding their hand through the job application and interview process. Hillel will then hire professionals who are set up for success and motivated to enrich the lives of Jewish students! The 14 fellows that I am working with show incredible promise as Jewish leaders. I can’t wait to see them thrive as Hillel professionals next year.
Lisa Motenko, a former professional at Berkeley Hillel, lives in Jerusalem and studies at the Pardes Experiential Educators Program. She is Hillel International’s lead Israel-based supervisor for the Masa-Hillel Fellowship.

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