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Eco-Israel

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Program Description

Eco-Israel offers Jewish young adults the opportunity to embrace permaculture and sustainable living through intensive hands-on experience and coursework on an organic farm. Upon completion of the program, you will receive an internationally recognized certificate in permaculture design. Based at the Hava & Adam Eco-Educational farm in Modi’in (located halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv) Eco-Israel allows you to explore how ecology, Judaism, and Israel blend together in a working model of a self-sustaining ecological community.
 

 
The Hava & Adam Eco-Educational Farm is completely dependent upon the energy, creative resources, and time of its residents. All members of the farm, including a group of young Israelis on a year of service, share responsibility in running the site and making it their home. As a large family, you will cook with your fellow residents eat together and work alongside them.
 
 
For more information, contact:
Israel: +972-54-6773891
 
 
  • Main Subject: Experiential Programs, Eco Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Environmentalism, Nutrition/Wellness 
  • Duration:
  • 5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-30 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Unaffiliated 
  • Organizer:
  • Hava & Adam 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Eco-Israel 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Carmel Zadik 
  • (p):+972546773891 
  • carmel@havaveadam.org 
  • http://eco-israel.org 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 03,2017 - February 01,2018, MODI'IN ILLIT, $6900   Apply to this program

Caroline Levine">Caroline Levine

Canada Representative

Caroline Levine is a proud graduate of McGill University's school of social work. Since graduating she has been working in the Montreal Jewish community. She worked as an Engagement Associate at Hillel Montreal for five years. And since 2016 she is the Masa Israel Journey representative in Montreal, head of her local MIT (Madrichim in Training) leadership program, responsible for Birthright Israel and post trip programming, which are all a part of GenMTL, a department of Federation CJA. She has staffed several Israel experiences and several other immersive experiences (in Uruguay, Berlin, and Florida).

Dafna Silberstein">Dafna Silberstein

Masa Canada Representative

Dafna was born in Israel and moved to Vancouver in 2012 after pursuing her Masters in Diplomatic Studies from Tel Aviv University.
In Vancouver, Dafna continued to follow her passion for working with non-profit organizations and young adults.
Dafna has been working at the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver since 2013 as a program coordinator in the Israel and Overseas Department.
Currently, she is a representative of Masa Israel Journey.
Dafna shares her love of Israel through her work with Masa and programs such as Birthright and March of the Living

Info Session: Study Abroad Israel">Info Session: Study Abroad Israel

Start Date: 
June 21, 2017 - 16:00
End date: 
June 21, 2017 - 17:00
City/State: 
United States
Address: 
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Sign Up Here: https://goo.gl/qRZiJ8

Whether you've just returned from Birthright, interested in study abroad programs, or just want to get back to Israel you won't want to miss the Study Abroad in Israel online info session. 

It's your chance to learn about the generous scholarships Masa Israel offers!

Shalom Elcott">Shalom Elcott

North American CEO (New York City)
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Shalom specializes in the creation and management of start-up philanthropic endeavors, developing synergies that help foundations, high net worth families, and philanthropists implement their visions. He has worked with a broad international array of funders, foundations and organizations on all aspects of philanthropy. Two of his proudest achievements are The Children's Memorial at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem for the Spiegel Family and The Tel Aviv Cinematheque for the Municipality of Tel Aviv.

Most recently, Shalom created a national STEM Education Initiative in Israel for The Henry and Susan Samueli Foundation, developed the B2T Sustainability Project for YK Center in the US, Europe, Africa and Armenia,  and co-created the new Meaningful Influencers Platform for Lifestyles Magazine where he serves as Vice Chairman.

Previously, Shalom served for a decade as President and CEO of Jewish Federation and Family Services in Orange County California, as Director of the American and International Committees for the Tel Aviv Foundation, and as Cofounder and Director of the Israel Air Force Center & the Fisher Institute for Air Power.

In 1997, Shalom relocated to Israel to create the United Way of Israel (Matan -Your Way to Give) a vision of Israeli businesswomen and philanthropist Shari Arison, which has raised and distributed millions of dollars and generated hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours across the country. Upon the death of Ted Arison, Shalom assumed the Presidency of the Ted Arison Family Foundation and helped build its infrastructure and funding models.

Shalom and his wife Robin, with whom he founded Index LLC, have four children and three grandchildren.

9 Ways to Deal with Reverse Culture Shock">9 Ways to Deal with Reverse Culture Shock

Posted May 23rd, 2017

Title Image Credit: Pixabay

 

By Rachel Greenberg, Nativ Alumna

 

It’s hard feeling like a stranger in your own home, but just as you needed time to adjust when you got to Israel, so too you need to adjust back to life here in the United States of America. When you were in Israel, you probably did not realize how much you changed every day, but you did. You learned from everyone around you, picked up new mannerisms, and adapted completely to a totally new lifestyle. So what happens now that you’re home? You’re not the same person you were when you left, but everything around you remains seemingly unchanged.

 

Here are 9 ways to deal with reverse culture shock:

 

  1. 1. Share Your Experiences

    Now that you’re home it may seem like you’re alone, but your friends, family, and community do want to hear about how you lived like a local, became a master negotiator in the shuk, and found your way around Israel via public transportation. Plus, if you become a mentor for others who want to go abroad, you will always have an attentive audience to share your story with!

     

  2. 2. Stay Informed

    Jerusalem Post Lite

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    If you’re feeling out of the loop, check social media and Israeli news sites to stay up-to-date with current events in Israel. This can not only help you feel connected, but you’ll be able to talk to other alumni and friends about what’s going on in Israel. Don’t just revert back to who you were before your experience; instead, wear your elephant pants out, everywhere you go, and rock it!

     

  3. 3. Write About it

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    Sometimes, the best way to express your feelings about your experience abroad is to write about. Writing allows you to positively articulate your feelings and express you sentiments about your recent return to America. Ten years from now, you will look back at something you wrote and you and make yourself fall in love with Israel all over again. Not to mention, we’re always looking for awesome alumni bloggers.

     

  4. 4. Stay Connected

    It is helpful to have people in your life who shared experiences with you in Israel. You can not only reminisce with them about hikes and nights out, but they are also simultaneously experiencing the same emotions as you, and are the only ones who are able to understand how you’re feeling without words. People you met abroad will be some of your closest friends no matter where you all end up living. The best part about staying connected with people you met abroad is travelling to see them for reunions!

     

  5. 5.Seek new experiences

    Find hidden gems in your area, get excited and have yourself a little adventure. Being home doesn’t mean you have to go back to your same old routine: meet new people, explore your surroundings, and try new things. You’d be surprised to find out how many places you don’t know about.

     

  6. 6.Make a Schedule

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    In America, one part of you will want to see everyone you haven’t seen in months, and the other part of you may want to stay in bed and look at pictures and videos from your time in Israel. Plan time in your schedule to reminisce, but also try to get back into your life at home by creating a schedule.

     

  7. 7.It’s okay to miss Israel

    Whatever you feel when you get back from a life changing experience is okay. It’s okay to cry, it’s okay to laugh, it’s okay to plan a trip back, but it is important to not let missing Israel consume you. When you miss it, let yourself acknowledge the amazing experience you just had and use that emotion to realize how much you learned. You miss it because of how much you loved the experience and you wouldn’t want it any other way.

     

  8. 8.Let yourself process

    Feel it. Dive in face first to everything your feeling. Embrace your emotions and give yourself permission to relax, absorb and really think about your time abroad. Be patient with yourself as you undergo the many different emotions and changes that come along with re-entry to America.

     

  9. 9.Rock your Israeli Look

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    Instead of trying to revert back to your old American fashion, wear your Naot in the summer, keep your new piercings with pomegranate studs, and rock your genie pants in the supermarket.

 

BIG IDEA Gap Year september 2017

Program Description

Develop your career in hi-tech,build your resume while interning at top Israeli tech companies and startups and get inspired by Israeli entrepreneurs. Professional app developer course will give you the skills and knowledge to success.
Mix it up with trips, Hebrew learning, volunteering, and amazing social life, and you’ll get a once in a lifetime experience.

 

Validate your Hi-tech skills and knowledge and distinguish yourself with the credential.
Four month of Mobile and Web Applications developing Course will provide you knowledge and skills on developing Web applications by using Microsoft Visual Studio.
Gain Hands-on experience in two month long internship at CDI in collaboration with leading tech companies in Be’er Sheva. Make a social change, take initiative and develop tech solutions for issues in your community. Use your knowledge and skills to make an impact on people’s lives!
 

  • Main Subject: Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Intensive Hebrew Language, internship, Social Action / Volunteering, Technology 
  • Duration:
  • 5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-22 
  • Organizer:
  • BIG IDEA 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • BIG IDEA Gap Year september 2017 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Yael Rubinstein 
  • gapyear@bigidea.co.il 
  • http://bigidea.co.il/gap-year/ 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 04,2017 - February 05,2018, , $13950   Apply to this program
  • February 19,2018 - July 23,2018, BEER SHEVA, $13950   Apply to this program

The Stories of the Fallen: Young Jews from Around the World Mark Yom Hazikron in Israel">The Stories of the Fallen: Young Jews from Around the World Mark Yom Hazikron in Israel

Posted May 10th, 2017

More than 4,000 students and young professionals from around the world came together this week in Israel for one of the country’s most somber holidays – Yom Hazikaron. Gathering just north of Tel Aviv in Ra’anana Park Amphitheater, they honored fallen soldiers and civilians during an annual commemoration organized by Masa Israel Journey, a project of The Jewish Agency for Israel and the government of Israel. Honored guests included representatives of those bodies, and also included representatives of Keren Hayesod - United Israel Appeal (UIA), and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

 

Honored Guests

Honored guests and representatives pay their respects to Israel’s fallen soldiers during the Yom Hazikaron commemoration at the Ra’anana Park Amphitheater in Ra’anana, Israel, organized by Masa Israel Journey, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and the government of Israel. From left to right: Eliezer (Moodi) Sandberg, world chair, Keren Hayesod-UIA; David Koschitzky, chairman, Keren Hayesod-UIA World Board of Trustees; Dan Lahav, deputy director general, Department of Home Affairs, Planning and Development, accompanied by his wife; Tzachi Hanegbi, minister of regional cooperation and acting communications minister; Natan Sharansky, chairman of the executive for The Jewish Agency for Israel; Alan Hoffmann, director general, The Jewish Agency for Israel; Avital Elfant, educational project manager, Masa Israel Journey; Liran Avisar-Ben Horin, CEO, Masa Israel Journey; Aaron Abramovich, chairman of the board of directors of Masa Israel Journey; and Yossi Bachar, chairman of Israel Discount Bank, accompanied by his wife. Photo credit: Yishai Nazarov.

 

Many of the attendees are in Israel for long-term, immersive internship, gap year or volunteer programs through Masa Israel Journey, and this was the first time they participated in a national gathering in Israel of this scale and significance: it is the country’s largest English-language Yom Hazikaron ceremony, and with simultaneous translations into French, Spanish and Russian, it allowed Jews from around the world to absorb the full meaning of the holiday.

 

For the American participants, the occasion stands in stark contrast to Memorial Day traditions at home, beginning with the sound of sirens ringing across the country. Allie Donahoo, a San Diego native, shared that the Yom Hazikaron ceremony – and the transition to Yom Ha'atzmaut – was transformative. “It is one thing to learn about these holidays in religious school and to hear about it from the shlichim [Israeli emissaries] growing up,” commented Donahoo, who is currently participating in the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program. “But to experience it first hand, to be in the heaviness of the day and then for it to switch from mourning to celebration, from tears to fireworks, is indescribable."

 

While the ceremony honored all 23,544 who have died defending the State of Israel since the start of the Zionist movement, it highlighted the personal stories of six individuals, whose family and friends spoke throughout the evening, recalling their late loved ones’ dedication to the army, to their comrades, and to preserving Israel’s history and its future.

 

Aaron Abramovich, chairman of the board of directors of Masa Israel Journey, noted in his address:

 

“Our mission at Masa Israel Journey is to give our participants – more than 12,000 young people every year who come to Israel to study, volunteer, develop careers, and develop as individuals – a deep and meaningful Israeli experience. Part of that ‘Israeli experience’ is connecting with what it takes to have our independent homeland – the heavy price so many families pay. And so, you are here with every part of Israeli society tonight to hear the personal stories, and our national story. It is our wish to bring you into the Israeli family, by sharing these stories. These individual stories are a source of inspiration – and so is the very fact of our togetherness here, people from around the world, remembering them."

 

Masa Israel Journey Board of Directors Chairman Aaron Abramovich

Aaron Abramovich, chairman of the board of directors of Masa Israel Journey, delivers remarks during the annual Yom Hazikaron commemoration organized by Masa Israel Journey, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and the government of Israel at the Ra’anana Park Amphitheater in Ra’anana, Israel. Over 4,000 students and young professionals from around the world attended the gathering on April 30, 2017, each of whom are participating in long-term, immersive Masa Israel Journey programs across the country. Photo credit: Yishai Nazarov.

 

Some family and friends of the fallen participated in the artistic segment of the evening, honoring the lives of their loved ones. Stories told included that of Sergeant Michael Levin, a lone solider who was killed during the Second Lebanon War at the age of 22 after making made aliyah from Pennsylvania. Following his death, Michael’s parents founded the Center for Lone Soldiers, which offers a place for soldiers to gather, strengthening their community and connecting them to Israeli society.

 

Sergeant Jordan Bensimon, who made aliyah from France as a teenager, was killed during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 at the age of 22. Thousands attended his funeral, and during the Yom Hazikaron ceremony, guests watched a video featuring Jordan’s friends and relatives, to learn more about his short but full life.

 

Sergeant Udi (Yehuda) Algarbali, who fell at the age of 22 while defending his soldiers in combat in Lebanon. Following his death in 1994, his parents founded the Netivei Udi Association, which leads activities that Udi himself once organized, such as hikes for the cadets in the Paratroopers Teleprocessing Corps, where he served.

 

Shlomtzion Landau-Halgua and Aviad Kitsberg

Shlomtzion (Shlomtzi) Landau-Halgua, member of the management committee of Gar’in Udi (Nahal post), and Aviad Kitsberg, graduate of Gar’in Udi, honor Sergeant Udi (Yehuda) Algarbali, who fell in combat, during the annual Yom Hazikaron commemoration organized by Masa Israel Journey, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and the government of Israel at the Ra’anana Park Amphitheater in Ra’anana, Israel. Over 4,000 students and young professionals from around the world attended the gathering on April 30, 2017, each of whom are participating in long-term, immersive Masa Israel Journey programs across the country. Photo credit: Yishai Nazarov.

 

Lance Corporal Hadar Cohen a police officer who was fatally shot just last year at the age of 19 at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, becoming the first border policewoman to be killed in action, was honored by her friend, Corporal Yahav Drori. Yahav described the community center in Or Yehuda, Hadar's home town, which was created in her memory, to inspire young people and serve as a model for their military service. Yahav will soon be a commander in the border police training’s recently renamed unit: the Hadar Company.

 

Sergeant Dimitri (Dima) Levitas, who loved sports, architecture, and music, was killed by sniper fire during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 at the age of 25. Gilad Appelstein, who handed his command over to Dima, recalled how he cared after his soldiers as if they were his own children – soldiers who continue to celebrate Dima at regular music performances that his family holds in his memory on the kibbutz where he grew up.

 

For many Masa Israel Journey participants in the audience, the story of Ezra Schwartz hit closest to home – a Masa participant himself, the Massachusetts native was studying at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh when he was killed in a shooting attack while traveling to a volunteer program. A film clip screened during the ceremony showed what Ezra loved about his Masa program, Israel, and the Torah, before his life was taken at the age of 18.

 

Government officials and IDF representatives also made remarks, speaking to the participants about their obligation to uphold the memories of all those who have fallen. Speakers included Tzachi Hanegbi, minister of regional cooperation and acting communications minister; Natan Sharansky, chairman of the executive for The Jewish Agency for Israel; and David Koschitzky, chairman of Keren Hayesod-UIA World Board of Trustees, and the aforementioned Chairman Abramovich of Masa.

 

Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky, chairman of the executive for The Jewish Agency for Israel, delivers remarks during the annual Yom Hazikaron commemoration organized by Masa Israel Journey, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and the government of Israel at the Ra’anana Park Amphitheater in Ra’anana, Israel. Over 4,000 students and young professionals from around the world attended the gathering on April 30, 2017, each of whom are participating in long-term, immersive Masa Israel Journey programs across the country. Photo credit: Yishai Nazarov.

 

An evening that started with sounding of sirens and was filled with song and prayer ended with pensive silence, as the crowds filed quietly out of the amphitheater, carrying with them the stories of peers they would never know.

 

Alive: It's really not that dangerous here">Alive: It's really not that dangerous here

Posted May 9th, 2017
By Chloe Stuart-Ulin, participant of WUJS Intership program and Masa Influencer
 
On my first trip to the Carmel Market, weaving through the sweaty, loud, aggressive shoppers, bumping into the wobbly, wooden display tables so tightly packed I can’t make out the crumbling walls behind. The worst place for a terror attack, a bomb in the middle of this moving mass. My focus spreads thin to encompass everything around me, to pick up whatever hint might come before a blast. I know there’s nothing I can do to prepare for a close range explosion, but that doesn’t stop me noticing every shopper with a backpack.
A watery-eyed old man with leathery skin darts into my path, waving a neon “JEW 4 LIFE” t-shirt. It’s four sizes too small, obviously made for a child. He yells something in Hebrew, then stares at my breasts.
 
I catch myself scanning the roofs and balconies constantly. Three hipster millenials sit on a balcony over the spice shop. Tiny kites blow over the road from a rooftop to the right; an invisible kid laughing, tiny hands pulling their strings. A young woman sits on a stoop behind her stall, head covered, eyes closed, blowing cigarette smoke into the sky.
At my university in Canada, my mentor and journalism professor warned me about going to crowded places in Israel. She’d been here many times for stories, but almost always during wartime. She wrote an award-winning book about the conflict here, with dozens of interviews with locals from both sides. I remember some of her technical advice when I met with her in person: “Are you flying through Turkey?” I was. “Deactivate your Facebook, and don’t tell anyone you’re a journalist.” For Israel the advice was simple: “Don’t go to street fairs.” “Avoid crowded places.”
 
On my daily walk to work in Tel Aviv, I pass a revolving group of construction workers building the apartment complex next door. They don’t whistle as I pass or stop their steady hammering. A worker leans over a long iron beam with his welding stick and blasts the flare right there on the sidewalk. Sparks the size of snowflakes shoot across the road and fizz out on passing cars. I never see him wearing a face cover, nothing to keep the light from burning out his eyes. Every day I dodge the sparks and pretend it doesn’t bother me.
The Carmel Market crowds thin enough in the evening for me to relax, with shoppers disappearing into side streets and alleys. More stalls than I can count spiral out from the main square. I take a break from my wandering to buy a coffee and rest my feet. A young couple kisses passionately at a corner table nearby, the one drink between them still full and no longer steaming. The girl, maybe 17, wears a large-print t-shirt with some acronym I don’t recognize. The guy, a couple of years older, is dressed head to toe in the faded green canvas of an Israeli soldier. An AK-47 hangs loose off his shoulder, dangling limp with the tip hitting the metal leg of his chair. The couple stays glued to each other and nobody glances their way. 
I sit at the café for an hour sipping at my coffee, bumming their open wifi. When I leave a half hour later, the young couple hasn’t moved: in danger, always, and blissfully alive.