Masa Israel Journey Blog

December 23, 2014

By Matthew Callman, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya


About two weeks ago, over 250 Masa Israel program participants from over 25 countries came together at Hotel Yehuda in Jerusalem for the The Wilf Family Masa Israel Leadership Summit. These five days were full of workshops, lectures, trips, and other interactive activities. The purpose of the summit was to educate the participants and give us the proper tools to become future Jewish leaders. On the last day, in order to tie the summit together, we received an article that lists the seven principles of a Jewish leader. In order to reflect on the summit, I am using those same seven principles to draw the connection between the summit and Jewish leadership.  

Principle 1: Leadership begins with taking responsibility.      
Prior to the conference...

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December 15, 2014

By Allie Bernstein, Career Israel Intern


"Could I? No...Well, could I? I mean...well, no. But could I?"
That was my mental state for about a week after I first learned of Masa Israel Journey and the opportunities it offered.
At the time, I was working in social media marketing in Chicago. By a happy coincidence, I found out about Masa Israel on the exact day that I realized I wasn't feeling satisfied with my career. I saw the headline "intern in Israel!" and I realized that doing this would solve two problems in my life at the same time:
  1. I could try out a new career. And since I was thinking about switching industries in a terrible economy, that meant I'd be starting at the bottom as an unpaid intern anyway....
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