Masa Israel Journey Blog

April 12, 2016

By Zane Colt

Zane Colt, Israel Government Fellows 2014-2015


A year-and-a-half ago, I was wrapping up a wonderful Chanukah in Jerusalem. I was surrounded by new friends from around the world, sampling some of the finest sufganiyot in Israel, and trudging through deeper snow than we saw in Toronto this winter. Jerusalem was beautiful and my five months in Israel had me feeling on top of the world.


I was an Israel Government Fellow. The IGF program is a ten month long elite political internship opportunity under the Masa Israel banner. Last year there were fifteen of us from around the world: Canada, the United States, Brazil, France, Argentina, and Bulgaria. We interned at either the Ministry or the NGO of our choice for four days a week...

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April 05, 2016

Yari Rostamian, Masa Business Fellow and Destination Israel Intern

 

Day 1: Prepping for the young professionals white night with this lovely group of people! Toured the ZOA house then talked business over delicious Roladin burekas, pastries and coffee. 

 

 

Day 2: Had a fluffy visitor come into the AOL Nautilus office on Rothschild. Molly kept me company as I growth hacked for the startup I intern for.

 

 

Day 3: My friends and I went out for a beautiful Saturday morning stroll where we learned about Malabi, a popular dairy dessert in the middle east. We went to...

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April 04, 2016

By Amy Albertson

 

It is very common for young Jews to take a Gap Year in Israel after they graduate high school and before they begin college. These Gap Year Programs can range from a year at Yeshiva or Seminary to pre-university programs at top Israeli Universities, and each comes with the exciting experience of living in Israel and forming life-long friendships with other people your age. What could be better?


For Ethan Weiss, a 19-year-old New Jersey native, a Gap Year in Israel before college sounded like and amazing idea. However, Ethan decided that Yeshiva or other traditional Gap Year programs were not exactly what he was looking for. Instead he found Destination Israel’s Tel Aviv Internship Experience—a 5 month professional development...

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