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    

Out in full force at AIPAC's Policy Conference

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By Avi Rubel, Masa Israel North American Director
Masa Israel was proud to be out in full force at AIPAC's Policy Conference this week in Washington, DC.
Of the more than 13,000 participants there were approximately 2,000 young adults--a very large number of them Masa Israel alumni.
It is wonderful to see that the growth in Masa participation is leading

Masa alumni Hebrew conversation club comes to Brooklyn!

<div class="masa-blog-title">Masa alumni Hebrew conversation club comes to Brooklyn!</div>

By Rachel Sales, Masa Israel Director of Alumni and Public Relations
This past week, Moishe House DUMBO and the Masa Israel alumni culture committee launched the bimonthly Hebrew conversation club.
Over delicious borekas, pita and hummus, we got excited for Purim–describing our past celebrations in Israel and trading ideas about mishloah manot.

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Hear participants talk about their daily life, take a virtual tour of your favorite program, and watch your semester of year in Israel unfold in front of you

Masa Israel Alumni Community


Cool time in Israel

Cool time in Israel

Cool time in Israel

February 10, 2012

The Australian Union of Jewish Students has been joined by counterparts from South Africa, the UK, the USA and Switzerland on their five month long Israeli Aviv program.
More than 50 Australian participants are now full-swing on their Israel adventure, with the students from the other countries joining them in the AUJS run program.
Thanks are due to Masa Israel Fourney’s partnership with AUJS, for providing scholarships for all participants, with the Australian component represented by students from across the country.
The AUJS Aviv program allows participants to experience the breadth and depth of life in Israel like no other Australian program for young adults outside of the youth movements. Experiences include life on a kibbutz (which include an Ulpan program), a week of desert experience, Gadna – an Israeli military program, volunteer opportunities in peripheral areas and more.
Daniel Nash, National Chairperson of AUJS says, “AUJS Aviv has enjoyed positive word of mouth from past participants and this, together with the diversity of activities offered, has seen to its success and growth in popularity from year to year. We look forward to seeing this success continue in years to come, with AUJS constantly offering new opportunities for international programs, such as Volunteer Nepal, a relatively new program which AUJS has been running in recent years, in partnership with Jewish Aid Australia.”
AUJS Aviv Madrichot, Tali Seidman and Shani Kleiner, report that the group is  “havng a blast,” having completed a hike along the Dead Sea on Sunday.