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Conference for Jewish Young Adults in Israel Brings 400 Emerging Leaders Together

Conference for Jewish Young Adults in Israel Brings 400 Emerging Leaders Together

Conference for Jewish Young Adults in Israel Brings 400 Emerging Leaders Together

March 15, 2012

Masa Israel Journey’s Building Future Leadership program, in partnership with JFNA and Hillel, trains young Jewish adults volunteering, interning and studying in Israel to become change agents in their Jewish communities worldwide.
(Jerusalem, Israel) -- Next week, 400 Jewish young adults from countries throughout the world will participate in Building Future Leadership (BFL), Masa Israel’s annual weeklong leadership conference in Israel. Following an intensive application process in which they exhibited their passion for Israel and their Jewish communities, these individuals will gain the tools they need to become positive and inspiring change agents back home.
 
In response to young adults’ demands for continued engagement following their Israel experiences, Masa Israel, a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, has created BFL to motivate and prepare exceptional participants to become the leaders in their campus Hillels and in their local Masa alumni communities. JFNA's Mandel Center and Hillel are both playing central roles in the conference, focusing on training Masa Israel participants for involvement once they return to the USA and Canada.
 
“Being in BFL gave me time to reflect on my Israel experiences and then create a proactive plan to ignite others’ passion for Israel,” said Elana Weil, who studied abroad at the University of Haifa through Masa Israel Journey.  “Back on campus, I jumped into Israel advocacy, organizing workshops, bringing relevant speakers, and advising my peers about finding the best ways for them to spend time in Israel.” Following college, Weil became the Masa Israel Federation Fellow at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. She is also a young professional liaison for AIPAC in the Boston area.
 
Over the course of the week, participants explore the topics of entrepreneurship, social activism, mentoring and coaching, and communication. BFL has one track for gap year participants and one for post-college participants, with special seminars geared toward participants from the different international regions, including North America, Latin America, the Former Soviet Union, and France, in order to focus on their specific concerns. President Shimon Peres will address the participants at the opening gala.
 
"We're seeing an increasing number of Birthright alumni coming back to Israel on Masa Israel programs," said Avi Rubel, Masa Israel's North American Director. "Especially for these participants, Masa Israel's BFL is a critical training ground for future activism and leadership."
 
Through Masa Israel’s partnership with Hillel, gap year participants will be pipelined into leadership positions at their new campus Hillels. Post-college participants will be pipelined into Federation and Jewish communal jobs and Masa Israel’s burgeoning alumni division’s programs, including the Masa Israel Federation Fellows, Masa Israel/PresenTense entrepreneurship courses, and social, educational, and cultural alumni committees.
 
The Building Future Leadership program will take place in Jerusalem from March 18 – 22, 2011. To speak with Building Future Leadership participants from your community, contact Masa Israel’s Director of Public Relations, Rachel Trager Sales at racheltr@masaisrael.org.

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A Toast With Masa Israel Alumni at TribeFest

A Toast With Masa Israel Alumni at TribeFest

March 25, 2012 - 20:30  -  March 25, 2012 - 22:30

Venetian HotelLas Vegas, NV  - 

Kick off the TribeFest celebrations with a toast alongside other Masa Israel alumni.
Indulge in champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, meet other fabulous young professionals who are passionate about Israel, and find out what’s in store for the alumni community nationwide. Free for Masa Israel alumni!
 
Visit the Masa Israel booth at TribeFest to RSVP and get the event location.

TribeFest Session: Take on Israel - Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel Alumni

TribeFest Session: Take on Israel - Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel Alumni

March 27, 2012 - 09:30  -  March 27, 2012 - 10:30

Veronese 2502 - Venetian HotelLas Vegas, NV  - 

Take on Israel: Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel alumni will feature 3 - 4 young North Americans who’ve spent time living and working in Israel and the original films and photography they created during their immersion experience. 
See Israel through the eyes of these young adults as they experience living in Israel for the first time. Learn about their challenges, successes and the questions raised during their time in Israel - from issues of religion and state, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to everyday life, these authentic, personal views of Israel will present nuanced perspective and set the stage for open discussion.

Israeli Body Language: A Guide

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Israelis are the masters of body language.  With the movement of a hand, the flick of the wrist, or the jutting of a chin they can communicate a whole series of complex emotions without saying a word. Pay attention to those hand gestures because science has proven there is more to body language than meets the eye.
 

Masa Israel alumni leaders show their support for Israel at AIPAC’s Policy Conference

Masa Israel alumni leaders show their support for Israel at AIPAC’s Policy Conference

Masa Israel alumni leaders show their support for Israel at AIPAC’s Policy Conference

March 7, 2012

Masa Israel subsidized participation of 10 Masa program alumni at AIPAC’s 2012 Policy Conference, chosen based upon their demonstrated Israel advocacy leadership in their communities.  
Read what some of them had to say about their experiences at the conference:
 
"The single greatest achievement of Masa Israel Journey (and Israel programs generally), is to create, nurture and cement the connection between Israel and young Jews around the world. I came back from Masa wanting to learn how I could be a better Israel advocate in the community.
 
AIPAC is an unparallelled 72 hours of learning and networking precisely on how we can achieve that. As my first AIPAC Policy Conference, it has not only met, but it surpassed all my wildest expectations–first class world speakers, government leaders, seminars and participants from around the world and all walks of life. As a result, I will now be a more effective advocate for Israel, and the importance of the U.S.-Israel alliance."
-Arsen Ostrovsky, Career Israel alumnus
 
"The annual AIPAC Policy Conference is an incredibly important way to show support for the incredible country that I was fortunate to work in while on Career Israel and now work for in Chicago. While I have been to many Policy Conferences, this year’s is more important than ever and I greatly appreciate Masa Israel’s assistance in allowing me to attend. I have always traveled to DC in March with my family, but it is wonderful to be here this year with alumni and close friends from Career Israel. I hope and would be more than willing to help make sure the Masa contingent doubles at next year’s conference."
-Ari Rokni, Career Israel alumnus
 
"My Masa experience studying abroad at Hebrew University introduced me to the power of a passionate network of Jewish friends and colleagues.  Ever since then, I’ve been diving deeper and deeper into the Jewish world, and I’ve had exponential rewards.  For this reason, I wanted to attend AIPAC Policy Conference, because it is a premiere hub for Jewish leadership.  I was not disappointed, with over 1,200 college students and over 13,000 pro-Israel community leaders in attendance, and I came away with dozens of exciting new connections and opportunities to continue helping Israel and fixing the world."
-Daniel Cohen, Hebrew University alumnus
 
"AIPAC demonstrated a Jewish unity like none other. We were all there for a common cause, common purpose, and there was nothing to add. Well presented, thoughtful, and it gave me recollections of my time in Israel."
-David Issever, Yeshiva alumnus
 

Just Got Accepted to Masa’s Building Future Leadership Conference!

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Another Tuesday, another week full of developments.
 
Lately I’ve been filling out lots of applications, whether they be for college programs, summer jobs, or other interesting things that I can put on my resume and add to my life experience.
 
Which brings me to an email I received today from Masa, an Israeli organization that provides s
 

Masa Alumni Hebrew Conversation Club

Masa Alumni Hebrew Conversation Club

March 14, 2012 - 19:30  -  March 14, 2012 - 21:00

Moishe House DUMBOBrooklyn, NY  - 

Practice your Hebrew while making mishloah manot, Purim baskets for friends!
If you are interested in practicing your language skills in an informal setting while delighting in Purim delicacies come join us for our second Ivrit meet-up.  Food and drink will be served, and (Hebrew) dialogue encouraged.  
 
Spots are limited. RSVP to reserve your place.
 
Once you register, you will receive the Moishe House Dumbo's address by email.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Masa Israel's Director of Alumni Rachel Trager Sales at racheltr@masaisrael.org.