Masa Israel Journey Blog

September 07, 2016

Before pursuing my MBA, I worked in the non-profit sector as the Director of Young Leadership at Save a Child’s Heart, an Israel-based organization dedicated to providing life-saving pediatric cardiac surgery to children from developing countries. The position encompassed a range of activities from fundraising to marketing and program development. When the time came to move on, I opted to pursue a higher degree where I could learn about the business world, which by and large supports non-profit organizations.

 

 

Several aspects of the Sofaer International MBA program appealed to me, aside from the prime location in Tel Aviv.  It is a full-time, one-year program, which meant that I could be fully dedicated to my studies...

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September 06, 2016

 

Sage Paquette-Cohen has always wanted to make a difference. Inspired by the mission of Masa Israel, Sage traveled to Tel Aviv for 10 months after graduating from Emerson College. Through Tikkun Olam Tel Aviv-Yafo, she interned at a pre-school for children with disabilities that focused on serving Arab and Jewish Israeli students equally from a young age. Working with her students fueled Sage’s passion to end social inequities. After coming home to the U.S., Sage joined the 2016 Teach For America Greater New Orleans corps as a high school special education teacher. Because of her experiences leading and teaching in Israel, Sage came into the classroom ready to lead with confidence.

 

Q&A: 

Q: I’d love to hear more about your path to Teach For America. How did you decide to join Masa Israel? And what was your path to Teach For...

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September 06, 2016

Being born as an Israeli meant that growing up, my connection to the land was already there. It felt special in my American private schools to be seen by others as an Israeli. The identifier carried an air of exoticness and mystery. And in my ultra-religious elementary school, even awe. But although Israeli by birth, I had lived in America since I was two years old. I felt connected to the land of Israel and its history, largely due to my religious education, but very disconnected from the people and the culture, the "reality" of Israel, so to speak. It was not until I went to the Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University on a gap program through Masa Israel, that I felt that I could begin to understand the society and my place in it.

 

As a college freshman, I lived on my own...

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