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Gap Year

In the words of Nativ">In the words of Nativ

Posted March 2nd, 2011
By Tamar Friedman, Huntingdon Valley, PA, Nativ
 
The past few weeks have been jam-packed. First, we had Israel today seminar, which was three days where we could choose what aspects of Israeli society to learn about. The first day I was in the group that went to see Gush Etzion, learned about its history, and talked to “Settler Bob” about what it is like and what is the significance of living in a settlement.
 

For Participants">For Participants

Welcome to the Masa Israel Community. Make it yours.
 
 
Congratulations! You’ve chosen a program, your bags are packed, and you’re ready to take the next step on your Masa Israel Journey.
 
As you prepare to join more than 10,000 young Jewish adults from 42 countries who are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime, we encourage you to take a look at the adventures that await you. Join the Masa Israel Community at community.masaisrael.org and share your excitement with fellow participants from your program and all the other programs. Connect with alumni from previous years to get advice before, during, and after your trip.
 
The Masa Israel Community offers additional seminars, concerts, lectures, and other extracurricular activities throughout the year. Add another dimension to your program, build new networks, and reconnect with old friends. 

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Sandstorms and Kibbutniks: Israeli Society Shabbaton">Sandstorms and Kibbutniks: Israeli Society Shabbaton

Posted February 21st, 2011
Post courtesy of Tikkun Olam Tel Aviv-Jaffa
 
This past Shabbat, three of our volunteers joined the Masa community for a Shabbaton hosted by Kibbutz Kranim in the Northern Negev. The weekend opened with a tour of two Bedouin villages in the Negev and a discussion of modern Bedouin culture, led by Bustan, a NGO that works for cooperation and social justice with Bedouin and Jewish communities in the Negev.
 
Intrigued by the opportunity to spend a semester or year experiencing another culture, volunteering, interning, studying, developing your Jewish identity or having an adventure before you head off to college?
 
A gap year in Israel with Masa Israel Journey offers college-bound high school graduates the opportunity to acquire a global perspective and to gain a taste of independent living all while having an incredible Israel experience.
 
Many leading universities in North America encourage admitted students to defer entrance for a semester or a year to explore their interests before deciding what to study in college.
 
Israel offers thousands of years of Jewish history, cities that fuse the ancient with the modern, a variety of ethnic communities living side by side and global leadership in many of today’s most relevant fields—it's the ideal place to take a year "on" before college.   
 
Your gap year program awaits. Find it here.

 

Brandon Alter addresses Sikkum Seminar">Brandon Alter addresses Sikkum Seminar

Posted December 8th, 2010
 
Shnat Sikkum Seminar 2010 began with an opening tekes at the Park of the Australian Soldier in Beersheva. Brandon Alter, an Israel By Choice participant addressed the ceremony
 
“I am standing here today as a member of the Australian Jewish youth whose gap year in Israel, in my case IBC, is coming to a close.
 

Honing your craft in the Holy City">Honing your craft in the Holy City

Posted December 6th, 2010
 
By Ayelet Firstenberg, Young Judaea Year Course Jerusalem madricha
 
I have been living in Jerusalem for almost a year now. Something really special about the city, and especially our area of Talpiyot, is the fact that you are always a ten-minute walk or bus ride away from being able to pursue your artistic interests.
 

You know you’re in Bat Yam when… ">You know you’re in Bat Yam when…

Posted December 2nd, 2010
 
By Elana Stern, Young Judaea Year Course, Livingston, NJ
 
Monday of this week was completely hectic. After turning in my Zionism paper and having a morning of classes, we all boarded buses for Jerusalem. Our first stop was the AACI (Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel) memorial service for fallen members of the IDF and victims of terror who were originally American or Canadian citizens.
 
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