Masa Israel’s Building Future Leadership Program

Masa Israel’s Building Future Leadership Program

March 18, 2012 (All day)  -  March 22, 2012 (All day)

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

Masa Israel Journey’s Building Future Leadership is an intensive, 5 day learning and skill-building seminar for exceptional participants of Masa Israel programs from around the world. 
The seminar is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a strong and active Jewish leader through learning, leadership training, community service and involvement in your local community. By offering you dynamic and interactive programming and a support network of peers from around the world, Building Future Leadership helps you leverage your deep connection with Israel to prepare you for active involvement in Jewish life when you return home.
 
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR BFL 2012
 
 
Cost – 50 NIS. Registration fees will be donated to a charity organization in Israel.
 

Israel on My Mind: Aliyah Evening Seminar

Israel on My Mind: Aliyah Evening Seminar

January 19, 2012 (All day)

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

Now that you’ve spent some real time in Israel, are you thinking about taking the next step and making Aliyah? 

Join us for an evening seminar and explore what Israel has to offer new olim. Ask questions, learn about the process and meet peers who are also considering taking the next step.

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Programs’ Staff

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Programs’ Staff

December 4, 2011 (All day)

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Are you a staff member of one of Masa Israel’s programs? 

Join us for an enrichment day designed just for you! Meet other program staff, share ideas and experiences, take part in team-building exercises, learn conflict resolution techniques and marketing skills and much more.

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Programs’ Staff

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Programs’ Staff

November 7, 2011 (All day)

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Are you a staff member of one of Masa Israel’s programs? 

Join us for an enrichment day designed just for you! Meet other program staff, share ideas and experiences, take part in team-building exercises, learn conflict resolution techniques and marketing skills and much more.

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Programs’ Staff

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Programs’ Staff

September 18, 2011 (All day)

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Are you a staff member of one of Masa Israel’s programs? 

Join us for an enrichment day designed just for you! Meet other program staff, share ideas and experiences, take part in team-building exercises, learn conflict resolution techniques and marketing skills and much more.

Opening Event featuring the Idan Raichel Project

Opening Event featuring the Idan Raichel Project

October 30, 2011 (All day)

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Join us as we kick off the 2011 – 2012 season! Meet new friends from all over the world and begin your journey with the rest of the Masa Israel Community. Idan Raichel is a widely acclaimed Israeli singer/songwriter and founder of the Idan Raichel Project.

 

Cost 40 nis

Project Keshet

Project Keshet

March 30, 2012 (All day)  -  March 31, 2012 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Project Keshet is a collaboration between Masa Israel, Machon L’Madrichim, UJIA, UJS and the British youth movements to bring Zionist Jewish youth together.
(Open to Shnat British participants)

Project Keshet

Project Keshet

January 11, 2012 (All day)  -  January 13, 2012 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Project Keshet is a collaboration between Masa Israel, Machon L’Madrichim, UJIA, UJS and the British youth movements to bring Zionist Jewish youth together.

(Open to Shnat British participants)

Project Keshet

Project Keshet

November 2, 2011 (All day)  -  November 4, 2011 (All day)

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Project Keshet is a collaboration between Masa Israel, Machon L’Madrichim, UJIA, UJS and the British youth movements to bring Zionist Jewish youth together.

 

(Open to Shnat British participants)

'Gap Year' Allows Young Adults to Do Something a Bit Different Before Going to College

'Gap Year' Allows Young Adults to Do Something a Bit Different Before Going to College

September 14, 2011

By Deborah Hirsch, Jewish Exponent
As students head back to the books this fall, Cheltenham High School graduate Jake Aronson will fly to Israel to work on a kibbutz, study Hebrew and volunteer with 90 other Jewish young adults participating in the Conservative movement's Nativ leadership program.
 
Even though the majority of college-bound Americans still go straight from high school to higher education, a growing number are joining Aronson in taking a gap year to do something a little different first.
 
Gap years have been a cultural norm in England for decades, but only recently caught on in the United States as colleges began promoting them as a way to gain perspective and life experience.
 
Teenlife.com lists almost 300 structured programs; the Center for Interim Programs, a private counseling firm in Princeton, N.J., counts more than 6,000.
 
Jewish agencies have jumped on the trend, too. While Orthodox students have long been taking a year or two before college to study at a yeshiva, there are now about 30 programs in Israel catering to kids from all affiliations. That's at least five times as many as when Masa Israel Journey, a clearinghouse for Jewish study-abroad experiences, was established in 2004, said Avi Rubel, director of North American operations.
 
According to Masa, 2,481 young adults participated in a non-yeshiva Jewish gap year program in 2010-2011. That's up from 1,500 in the agency's first year.
 
The increasing difficulty of getting into top-tier schools might have something to do with the upswing. Rubel said he's heard from students who took gap years when they didn't get into their first-choice school and reapplied while abroad, hoping the school would recognize how much more they could bring to the classroom after their travels.
 
Masa has also been doing its part to generate interest. For the past four years, it has even flown groups of college advisors on all-expenses-paid trips to visit the Israeli programs.
 
From Rubel's perspective, it's a prime opportunity to reach out to unaffiliated young adults in hopes of building Jewish identity. For that reason, he continued, Masa has pushed for Israel-based programs to serve more diverse interests such as art, politics and environmentalism. Even decades-old Zionist education programs, like Young Judaea's Year Course, have added tracks focusing on medicine, business, cooking, traveling and other specialties.
 
"If we have the right content to offer," Rubel said, "then people are interested." ...
 
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