Striving for a New Israel Education

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Like most American Jews of my generation, my first encounters with Israel were cultural. 
 
I saw pictures of people reading the newspaper while floating in the Dead Sea. 
 
I wrote notes to be placed in the Western Wall. 
 

Finding Art and Adventure in Israel

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By Aliza Gans, ArtJerusalem
 
Sitting at the cluttered desk in my dorm at Brandeis University, my year in Israel with Masa Israel’s Bezalel Experience (now ArtJerusalem) seems like another world away.
 
 

Netzach Sarah

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Program Description

Netzach Sarah offers a 10 month program for Russian-speaking young women.

Students are offered an intensive Hebrew ulpan course, classes in Jewish history and philosophy, and a course in business management, in addition to a varied extracurricular program including touring and hiking all over Israel.

 

For more information, please contact:

Levi Gidlevitch

0527614606

 

Young Judaea Israel Year Program

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Program Description

On Young Judaea Year Course, you get to choose what you want to do. Be a part of our specialty tracks in business, arts, medicine and more. Take your trip beyond Israel on Kuma, a journey to Poland; Olami, a discovery of the diverse Jewish communities in Italy, Greece, and Morocco; or Tikkun Olam – Rwanda: a volunteer experience in the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village.
 
Live with Israelis and the Israeli Scouts, grow with peers from FZY and places from around the world, and become a part of the country – all while having the best year of your life.
 
Immerse yourself in the community of Israel with Young Judaea Year Course. Spend nine months learning the land, the culture, and the history of the people – not just by studying it, but by living it. On Young Judaea Year Course you’ll connect with your roots and shape your future through hands-on experience: traveling and learning about Israel while also volunteering and becoming part of the communities. 
 
Find out more at yearcouse@youngjudaea.org!
 

Specialty Tracks and Additional Programs:

Business Track: Get involved with the burgeoning business community in Israel with the Year Course Business Track. You’ll meet with leading Hi-Tech industry professionals, visit Israel based global business like Google and Intel, participate in business workshops and learn the project management skills from the best in the world all while touring the country and learning about the startup nature for which Israel is renowned.
 
Sports Track: Geared toward high school athletes, the Year Course Sports Track offers an intensive educational and practical program designed to bring you to a higher level of physical fitness. You’ll get the chance to enhance your skills while participating in other sports like kite surfing, rock climbing, pole vaulting, basketball, tennis, and more. Meet leading athletes and sports business professionals from around the world and practice side by side with upcoming Israeli athletes, and make sure you stay on top of your game.
 
Law Track: During the program you will get the opportunity to meet with prominent lawyers and judges that will shed light on the skills needed to master a demanding but interesting and rewarding profession. Meet with Sassi Gez, one of Israel's most prominent lawyers, and hear from him about the unique characteristics of criminal defense attorneys. Take a tour of Israel’s Supreme Court and learn about the Israeli judicial system. Gain an understanding of the tensions emerging from the duality of Judaism and democracy, and start your professional growth early.
 
Media and Journalism Track: Get a taste of the exciting world of news making through visiting Israel's top news room editorials such as Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem post, Channel 2 news and more. Learn about how the media shapes the way we think about important topics and sets the public agenda. Take part in practical workshops and gain useful tools for being a news reporter on TV, radio, online or print. Gain an understanding of the tensions entailed in the practice of news reporting in an environment both profit- oriented and politically divided. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with Israel’s leading journalists and media experts and learn what it takes to be part of this challenging profession.
 
Arts Track: Israel is an excellent host for inspiration and expression, and home to several flourishing artist communities. The Art Track of Year Course is designed to expose participants to the vibrant visual and performing arts scene in Israel through an array of visits, tours and experiences within the community of Jewish and Israeli artists. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with some of Israel’s leading artists, as well as up and coming talents. 
 
Medical Track: The YC Medical Track offers an intensive educational program and hands-on experience on the ground and in top research facilities. Meet leading health professionals, work with Israeli paramedics, and find out what it take to become one of the special group who devote their lives to save others. Volunteer with MADA, associated with the Red Cross (the UN humanitarian organization), Israel’s national life saving organization specializing in emergency treatment. Learn about Jewish medical ethics and see its realizations in Hadassah hospital – one of Israel’s leading medical facilities.
 
 

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Haberman 

Highlights

While choosing your own track and international travel program, all Young Judaea Year Course participants take part in Year Course’s Special Interest Month. Whether you choose an interest for the whole month or you split them up by week, you’ll be able to pursue the special interest of your choice. Past participants have worked in the field on Kibbutz Ketura, backpacked Israel’s famous Sea-to-Sea hike, taken part on archeological digs, learned how to surf in Tel Aviv, taken arts workshops, and much more. 
Tiyulim: Take advantage of the opportunity to travel throughout the country and learn about he unique nature of Israel. Coinciding with the traditional Year Course program, the Tiyulim Track offers you additional hikes in all the different areas of Israel. Explore the Galille, Golan, Mishor Hachof, the Negev, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem area, and more! You’ll explore the unique characteristics and landscapes of the country and learn about the various types of plants, flowers, and animals unique to Israel.
 

Turn Up the Music

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“Excuse me!” I screamed from the back seat of the Dan bus heading to Hof Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Beach, in Tel Aviv.  “Can you please turn up the music!?” 
“Mah?” the bus driver asked.
 

Onion Peels

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By Ittai Eres, Young Judaea Year Course
 
I hate onions. I really do. 
 
They sit on my tongue like coarse gravel, and biting down on them irks my teeth.
 

24 Hours in Tel Aviv

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by Sharona Rosen, Young Judaea Year Course
                                                                                     
It is the 3rd of April around 10 P.M.
 

Masa Israel Alumni: Israel Update Webinar with Avi Mayer

Masa Israel Alumni: Israel Update Webinar with Avi Mayer

November 21, 2012 - 12:00

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Avi Mayer, Director of New Media at the Jewish Agency for Israel, will give a briefing on the current situation to Masa Israel alumni.
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Enduring Love: What I Learned During my Year in Israel

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By Shlomo Klapper, Yeshivat Har Etzion

 

Ah!  What a romance! The times we had.  Nothing could go wrong.  Visiting her was Seventh Heaven. All the wonderful places and memories – the Israel Museum, the Kotel, Machaneh Yehudah – imbued with excitement, culture, history and mystery.