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Top 10 Masa Israel Moments of 2015">Top 10 Masa Israel Moments of 2015

Posted December 29th, 2015

Wow! We can hardly believe 2015 is already coming to a close and we’re sure you’re all reminiscing on the year that has passed. Both in terms of achievements and experiences, here at Masa Israel we have had a pretty incredible 2015. Let’s look back on this year and recap our 10 best Masa Israel Moments!

 

1.Our 2015 AIPAC Policy Conference Delegation

 

Introducing: The 2015-2016 Masa Israel Alumni Fellows">Introducing: The 2015-2016 Masa Israel Alumni Fellows

Posted October 14th, 2015

The Masa Israel Alumni Fellowship is an opportunity for a select few outstanding alumni to represent Masa Israel Journey in their home communities and on a national level.


This exclusive program provides Fellows with unmatched leadership training as well as opportunities for personal and professional development and networking with Jewish communal leaders.


Each fellow will attend the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (GA), as well as his or her choice of a major national Jewish conference. Through these events and exclusive shabbatonim, the Masa Israel Alumni Fellowship creates a community of practice and the future leadership of the Masa Israel Alumni Community.


Over the course of the next year, each Fellow will create and implement a unique impact project in order to increase alumni involvement or help recruit new participants to Masa Israel programs in his or her community.


Stay tuned over the next few months, as we highlight an Alumni Fellow every week.


Here are this year’s Masa Israel Alumni Fellows:

 

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alt="arya marvazy)alt="axel angeles"

alt="erica bergstein"alt="gidon frank"

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alt="jordan goldschmidt"alt="joshua entis"

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What’s Different About Yom Kippur in Israel?">What’s Different About Yom Kippur in Israel?

Posted September 21st, 2015

There’s nothing quite like the High Holidays – or, as the locals call them, the chagim – in Israel.

 

Generally considered the most important holiday of the year, Yom Kippur is a particularly unique day to spend in Israel. Here are just four ways in which Yom Kippur is different in Israel:

 

1. The Country Practically Shuts Down

 

Aardvark Israel - Year

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Program Description

Aardvark Israel Programs offer Jewish students from around the world the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS,” by providing a tailor-made, modular curriculum, so students can build a customized experience in Israel.  Aardvark offers volunteering and internships, the chance to study and earn university academic credit, an opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, and independent living in apartments in the center of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population.


You can customize your experience even further by choosing one of our

 

Special Interest Add-Ons:


- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances
- Entrepreneurship Track
- Law and Government Track
- Sea Sports Track
- Social Media and Communication Track
- Nepal Cultural Exchange

Highlights

- Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
- Opportunities for international travel to Europe, Africa and Asia
- Unique internship and volunteering opportunities

  • Main Subject: Experiential Programs, Freshman Year Studies, Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Advocacy, Education, Intensive Hebrew Language, Israel/Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies, Social Action / Volunteering 
  • Duration:
  • 4, 4.5, 5, 9, 11.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-21 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Aardvark Tourism Ltd 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Aardvark Israel - Year 
  • Accommodation:
  • Not Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Simon Cohen 
  • info@aardvarkisrael.com 
  • Program Dates:
  • August 28,2017 - May 23,2018, , $21490   Apply to this program
  • August 28,2017 - May 23,2018, , $19990   Apply to this program
  • August 28,2017 - December 28,2017, , $11990   Apply to this program
  • January 08,2018 - December 27,2018, , $11990   Apply to this program
  • January 08,2018 - June 11,2018, , $19990   Apply to this program
  • January 08,2018 - May 23,2018, , $11990   Apply to this program

Aardvark International

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Program Description

Aardvark International combines a dynamic Israel program with travel to EIGHT different countries allowing students to further cultivate their knowledge of the Jewish People’s history in the Diaspora, experience different cultures, and learn about Israel’s place in the international community.  In Israel, the program offers Jewish students the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS,” by providing a tailor-made, modular curriculum, so students can build a customized experience in Israel.  Aardvark offers volunteering and internships, the chance to study and earn university academic credit, an opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, and independent living in apartments in the center of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population.


Complementing the Israel experience, Aardvark International participants will travel once a month to a foreign country (France, Spain, Czech Republic, China, Ethiopia, Italy, Germany, and Holland.) This program is perfect for students who love to travel and want to have a unique, global adventure.


In addition, students may customize their experience even further by choosing one of our


Special Interest Add-Ons:


- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances
- Entrepreneurship Track
- Law and Government Track
- Sea Sports Track
- Social Media and Communication Track
- Nepal Cultural Exchange

Highlights

- Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
- International travel to Europe, Africa and Asia
- Unique internship and volunteering opportunities
- Live with students from all over the world
- Earn university academic credit

  • Main Subject: Experiential Programs, Freshman Year Studies, Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Advocacy, Education, Intensive Hebrew Language, Israel/Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies, Social Action / Volunteering 
  • Duration:
  • 9 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-21 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Aardvark Tourism Ltd 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Aardvark International 
  • Price:
  • $ 19990 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Simon Cohen 
  • info@aardvarkisrael.com 
  • Program Dates:
  • August 28,2017 - May 23,2018  Apply to this program

Israel Highway - Do It Your Way

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Program Description

Israel Highway: Do It Your Way, is exactly what the name suggests. This brand new exciting gap year program for Australians, South Africans, and Brits allows you to choose your Israel experience.
 
Whether you want to volunteer in Tel Aviv, live on a kibbutz, hike Israel’s beautiful landscapes, or play sports all day in the sun, this program is for you.
But don’t worry, we won’t just drop you off in Israel to fend for yourself!
 
This 5 month adventure starts off in the country’s capital, Jerusalem, where you will be studying Hebrew in an Ulpan. Next you’ll go off to the cultural hub of Israel, Tel Aviv, to volunteer with some truly incredible organizations.
 
The program includes touring in all of the important sites in Israel, Jewish and Israel studies, Ulpan lessons, challenging hikes, and much more.
 
In addition to all of that ,as the program's name suggests, we have a wide element of choice as we want to offer the single participant the ability to take his own "Highway" in Israel.
 
 
The “Israel Highway” program runs around three main circles:
 
a. Me and My Country! Get to know Israel! For the first month of the program participants will live in Carmiel, study Ulpan and get to know Israel through trips around the country.
 
b. Me and My Community! Community Building! Participants will spend a month volunteering on Kibbutzz Hatzerrim. Each participant will have an individual volunteer project as well as a group project and will explore the south of Israel through trips.
 
c. My Own Way – “Israel Highway: Do It Your Way” allows you to take your own “Highway” in Israel. Right now we are offering three times of “Highways” to choose from:  
 
              i. Get the Ultimate Israel Experience – Ever wonder what it’s like to be in the Israeli army? This Highway enables you to experience army life! For two months you’ll live on an army base and learn about the army, go on hikes, learn Hebrew and more!
              ii. Volunteer on an Ambulance – Get First Aid and Emergency Medical Training from Israel’s national EMS service. Once you’re trained you’ll get hands on experience volunteering on an ambulance!
              iii. Want to be part of Israel’s Startup Nation or one of the many nonprofits that Israel has to offer? Enhance your resume by interning or volunteering in one of Israel’s many companies and organizations.  
 
 
 
  • Main Subject: Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Duration:
  • 5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-20 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • The Israel Experience- Educational Tourism Services Co. LTD 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Israel Highway - Do It Your Way 
  • Price:
  • $ 11500 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Ofir Lefler 
  • (p):972 2 621 6124 
  • ofirl@israelexperience.org 
  • Program Dates:
  • February 01,2017 - June 30,2017  Apply to this program

Nativ - Hebrew University Track

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Program Description

Nativ is a challenging academic year program dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means “path” in Hebrew, provides its participants with a unique opportunity to explore new directions on the journey to becoming a Jewish adult. From September to May, Nativ participants are immersed in the rich and diverse society of Israel, exploring the land and enjoying a fulfilling Conservative Jewish lifestyle. The program includes academic university classes, intensive Hebrew classes and innovative leadership training. Nativ enables recent high school graduates to earn college credits for their studies while living in a classroom without walls.

A year of true exploration, Nativ provides the freedom for personal discovery as well as the security of a carefully structured program. This unforgettable experience is created through an intricate balance between academics and volunteer work, learning and teaching, personal challenge and community living. Participants on Nativ return from the year with a stronger attachment to the land of Israel as well as a deeper passion for Judaism, enthusiastic to share with their North American communities what they have learned.

  • Main Subject: Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Education, Jewish Studies 
  • Duration:
  • 8 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-19 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Nativ - Hebrew University Track 
  • Price:
  • $ 25700 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Deborah Shafran 
  • (p):646 519 9246 / 972 2 966 3824 
  • Nativ@uscj.org 
  • nativ.org 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 04,2017 - May 10,2018  Apply to this program