Masa Israel Journey Blog

December 12, 2006

 

"Long-term programs address an aspect of Jewish identity that American Jewry is less capable of strengthening outside of Israel:  the notion of peoplehood."  
 
By Rabbi Lee Buckman
 
Birthright Israel is about to reach its 100,000th participant on their 10-day free Israel trips designed for 18-25 year olds.  This is a spectacular accomplishment for Israel and the Jewish people.  
 
Anyone who has been to Israel knows how transformational the experience can be.  The 730 participants on the Federation Mission can attest to that.  Imagine the impact on 100,000 college students who had never been on a peer-based Israel trip.
 
Now the State of Israel is going one step further.  They have created an annual fund of $100 million, administered by a company called Masa, to double the number of...
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November 22, 2006

 

By Nir Librach
 
Imagine a young Jew living in Chile who has two major loves in his life − music and Israel. If he could somehow combine the two, he would be the happiest of men. One day, this student reads something in a publication of the Chilean Jewish Agency about the Rimon Music School, which has just partnered with Masa Israel. "Come and join us at the Rimon music experience in Israel!" it says, and the young man knows his life is about to change.
 
The young man is Jonathan Goldfrid. The 23-year-old's dream is to compose movie soundtracks. At the new Masa program in Rimon, Israel's largest independent contemporary music school, he isn't only fulfilling that dream, he is doing so in Israel − which means the world to him. "I am already planning to stay in Israel afterward,"...
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