Hineni

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Program Description

Hineni Shnat is a ten month Israel program for high-school graduates. The program encompasses volunteering, experiential and educational components, all within Hineni’s unique framework. A year in Israel with Hineni is a chance to connect to the Jewish homeland; to learn about Jewish history, culture and religion; to form friendships with other young people from Israel and around the world; to learn Hebrew; to explore one’s own Jewish, Zionist and personal identity; and to challenge oneself to learn and form opinions about the issues that affect Israel today.
 
The Hineni Shnat Program begins with AZYC Opening Seminar and Hineni Opening Seminar. Hineni Shnatties participate in Machon, a four-month intensive program facilitated by the Education Department of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Machon is a dynamic educational institution where participants engage in leadership training, Jewish education and Zionist learning together with youth movement members from around the world.
 
Hineni Shnat also includes a two-month Options Period where participants can choose from a number of volunteering and educational options such as MDA ambulance service, the Marva army program, studying in Yeshiva/ Midrasha Jewish learning centres and more. Shnatties spend approximately six weeks living and working on a Kibbutz as well as participating in Hineni Jewish Learning Seminars and shabbatonim throughout the program.
 

Aviv

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Program Description

If you want the chance to live and breathe Israel, then AUJS Aviv is the program for you! This dynamic program for 18-21 year olds includes inspirational educational, political and leadership seminars to stimulate your mind, as well as exciting and challenging tiyulim to discover the natural beauty of the deserts, forests and seas!
 
Spend time living in the historical and cultural cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and soak up all that this fabulous country has to offer, whilst forming strong friendships with Jews from all over Australia, Great Britain and Israel.
 

FZY Year Course

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Program Description

Year Course is a professionally run, exciting and challenging full-time programme, which is designed to give chanichim an in-depth understanding of the complexities that make up modern Israel and encourage chanichim to discover our Jewish homeland. 
 
The nine month programme is made up of three semesters, each lasting three-months, time spent living in Jerusalem, the Negev, and Bat Yam. Everyone will participate in an informal study period, volunteer throughout Israel, and have an opportunity to experience a new and different aspect of Israeli society. Additional options include Marva/Sar-El (the IDF army experience), living on Kibbutz and hiking the Shvil Yisrael track and volunteering with Magen David Adom. There is also the option to travel to Poland on our Kuma trip, and to take part in any one of our speciality tracks to tailor your year to your specific interests, such as Leadership, Shevet, Arts, Sports, Culinary, etc.
 
All of the Year Course participants will be with North American chanichim from Young Judaea Year Course, and members of the Israeli Scouts (Tzofim), as well as FZY chanichim from all over Britain and Europe. Year Course is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should not be missed.

Dance Journey Auditions

Dance Journey Auditions

June 12, 2011 - 12:06  -  June 12, 2011 - 15:00

BPStudio 618 MoultonLos Angeles, CA  -  United States

Audition for The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel and for MASA Dance Journey 5 month apprentice program

For more information contact
maoryehuda@gmail.com
646-714 1212
www.kcdc.co.il

Masa Celebrates End of Program Year

Masa Celebrates End of Program Year

Masa Celebrates End of Program Year

May 27, 2011

Navy blue Young Judaea shirts adorned with patches mixed with green Netzer Olami t-shirts and white Oranim polos as hundreds of Masa Israel participants converged on Jerusalem’s International Convention Center on Monday to celebrate the end of the program year.
The daylong Made in Israel Conference opened with a discussion session, during which gap year program participants were seated by the regions in which their future colleges and universities are located. Moderators rotated through the cavernous hall as conversations on the impact of the gap year experience and the ways in which that experience can be leveraged and enhanced on campus filled the room.
 
One participant noted that he had learned a great deal about Israel’s Bedouin community while living in the Negev Desert, while another discussed how his cultural and religious identities are intertwined, and a third shared a novel approach to promoting Israel through its scenic landscapes. Participants made plans to attend sporting events and Hillel Shabbat dinners together as they got to know their future schoolmates.
 
Following the session, participants were ushered into a large hall containing booths representing various organizations that offer programs and resources for students on U.S. and Canadian college campuses. Munching on slices of pizza and pitas stuffed with falafel, the future college students milled about the room, collecting pamphlets, signing up for mailing lists, and learning about opportunities to further deepen their connections to Jewish life and to Israel. 
 
Hillel representatives described the sorts of Jewish communities awaiting the students on their respective campuses, while representatives from Alpha Epsilon Pi discussed Jewish Greek life and AIPAC representatives talked about political advocacy on behalf of the U.S.-Israel relationship. A parallel opportunities fair with programs for Russian-speaking participants took place in an adjacent room.
 
Participants reconvened in the convention center’s massive auditorium, where Masa CEO Ayelet Shilo-Tamir greeted them and explained that their experience in Israel should be viewed as the beginning of their relationship with the country. “What happened here is just a step in your journey,” she said. “We would like to continue this journey with you.”
 
The conference continued with a discussion on countering the deleglitimization of Israel, moderated by prominent journalist and Israel Channel 10 news anchor Oshrat Kotler-Bengal.  Participating in the discussion were Ambassador Dan Gillerman, former Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, and Ambassador Alon Pinkas, former Consul General of Israel in New York.  The two diplomats, who are both considered prominent spokespeople for Israel and who regularly appear on international television networks in the country’s defense, shared their experiences representing Israel in various fora and discussed how Masa participants can advocate for Israel when abroad.
 
Gillerman described the UN as “a citadel of hypocrisy and double standards,” quoting former Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban, who once quipped, “If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.” Pinkas explained that it is difficult to represent Israel when its own government “speaks in multiple voices,” each of which seeks to be heard. “We need 400 people like this,” Pinkas said, gesturing to the audience of Masa participants, “not 400 ministers.”
 
Following  a television segment featuring Kotler-Bengal, in which she showed the differences between the tactics employed by advocates for Israel and those utilized by Palestinian supporters at New York’s Columbia University, the discussants engaged the audience in a Q&A session, suggesting that the participants could serve as Israel’s finest representatives in their home communities and encouraging them to “take this experience back, share it, and multiply its effect” and to “get other people to join this Masa, this journey.”
 
As the day went on, participants enjoyed a panel on Israeli technological innovation, as well remarks from Israel’s Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein and Jewish Agency Deputy Chairman Rany Trainin.
 
The evening concluded with a dramatic performance by the singers, dancers, musicians, and actors of the world-renowned Israeli group Mayumana—billed as the country’s “number one cultural export”—which drew a loud and protracted standing ovation from the crowd.
 

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For Applicants

For Applicants

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