Hashomer Hatzair - Shnat Zafon

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Program Description

Shnat, which means year in Hebrew, is a year of individual growth and exploration in which participants learn all sorts of life skills, things about themselves, and how to negotiate life with greater independence. Shnat is also about participating in a collective, the Shnat Kvutza, and about being part of a movement forum. This means that the process of independence, individual growth and discovery is connected to and supported by the other members of the group and the madrichim (guides) of the kvutza. 
 
The program gives participants tools to be able to do well in the world, fostering critical thought, learning about Israel, politics and Judaism, functioning in groups as well as taking care of oneself independently. Shnat provides the tools and a forum for exploring the next steps and potential paths for continuing to build one’s life consciously and within the framework of Hashomer Hatzair.
 

BIP

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Program Description

BIP is designed for young people who want the experience of living life in Israel a few months. Whether you are interested in getting to know Israel, gaining experience and contacts in the Israel's professional community or are preparing to make Aliyah in the future, you can accomplish it through BIP. BIP is particularly suitable for students who attended Jewish schools.
 
On BIP, you will spend the fall immersed in a university atmosphere with intensive Hebrew ulpan, English classes and Jewish Studies (history, philosophy and Jewish thought), as well as the option to prepare for psychometric exams.
 
In the spring, the group participates in three weeks of volunteering on a military base through Sar El, and then take part in a seminar on Israeli society and discusses various policy issues, news, culture and society. Afterwards, program participants are chose between ambulence volunteering with Magen David Adom volunteer or community volunteering in schools or organization in Israel. 
 
This program is operated in French.
 

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.
 

FZY Year Course

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Program Description

What is Year Course?

Year Course is a 9 month gap year programme in Israel giving chanichim (participants) the opportunity to study, volunteer, travel, learn to live independently and gain invaluable skills.

 

Who is Year Course designed for?

Year Course is aimed at FZY’s members and the wider British & European Jewish community aged between 17 and 19. The year in Israel should not be considered a “year-off”. Professional educators run the Year Course programme and the discipline of studying and volunteering are an integral part of the course. However, Year Course should be seen as a break from the formal regimented education of school days and a transition to the teaching methods and individual initiative that are part and parcel of higher education.

The experience of a year of study and opportunities in Israel provides chanichim with the perfect grounding for their entry into further education on their return.

 

How Year Course works?

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. The year is made up of two semesters, each around four months, and a ‘special interest’ month. Everyone will participate in formal studies, volunteer throughout Israel, and have an opportunity to experience new and different aspects of Israeli society. All of the Year Course participants will be with American chanichim from Young Judaea (our North American sister movement), and members of the Israeli Scouts (Tzofim), as well as FZY chanichim from all over Britain and Europe.

 

The Main Elements of Year Course

Year Course contains a number of major components. The following is a brief outline of each of these elements; more details can be found on our website.

 

Studies
On FZY Year Course, chanichim have the opportunity to study a huge variety of subjects and areas. Throughout their studies, participants will grapple with issues which are relevant to young British Jewish Zionists today.

 

Volunteering
FZY Year Course chanichim live and volunteer their time in Bat Yam, a southern suburb of Tel Aviv. They have the opportunity to volunteer in a huge variety of different placements.

 

Israel Experience
The Israel Experience section of Year Course allows participants to choose a part of society they wish to have further knowledge and experience in. Israel is a diverse country with many cultures and peoples, and we believe that we can offer insights into many aspects of Israeli society. Currently the chanichim have the option to take part in Marva, Magen David Adom or volunteer at Yemin Orde youth village.


Special Interest Month

The Special Interest component of the year provides participants with numerous different options in order to tailor part of their Year Course journey.  Options have included a Kibbutz experience, time in Yeshiva, Hiking across different Israeli landscapes, Interning in business and partaking in a Surfing course amongst many others.

 

Optional Add-Ons
FZY year Course has a huge variety of opportunities and options available for chanichim to add on to their year in Israel. In addition to the Regular Year Course Programme, there are options for Jewish Enrichment (Beit Midrash Track), Volunteering in Rwanda (Tikkun Olam), Special Interest (Business, Medicine and others), Travel (Olami) and a week long trip to Poland (Kuma). Details on all of these options are available on our brochure and website.

 

Extras 
Year Course has so many added extras on the programme that make FZY Year Course the best programme available. These include a number of overnight tiyulim (hikes), a series of seminars throughout Israel at various times of the year joint with other UK youth movements, Israelis on the programme, Israeli Scouts that join and organise activities, UJIA programming and activities in the North of Israel. 

 

 

 

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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