Ofer is the Director of Marketing & Sales of Masa Israel Journey. Ofer was born and raised in Tivon, a town in Northern Israel. During his army service, he served as a fighter on a battleship in the Israel Defense Forces. From 2004-2008, he was the Central Shaliach (emissary) of the World Zionist Organization in North America, working to bring Israel to the campuses across the continent and the campuses to Israel. When he finished his Shlichut Ofer joined Israel Way, an educational tourism company and was the Director of its long term & Masa programs department. Ofer was also a delegate to the 44th & 46th World Zionist Congress. He was a member of the extended executive board of the World Zionist Organization as well as a member of the Israeli board of the World Jewish Congress.
Ofer has an L.L.B. degree and he is an attorney. He has worked in the Israel Religious Action Center, a part of the Reform movement, dealing with civil rights in Israel and helping new Olim (immigrants) with legal issues. In the past, he was also the CEO of Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) Community, a none profit organization who works with underprivileged communities in Israel, to change the social realty through many educational and social projects.
Sara Eisen joined the Masa Israel team as Chief Communications Officer in January 2015, after a four-year tenure as Head of Marketing Content at The Jewish Agency.
Before life in non-profit, she was an independent marcom and content consultant and copywriter, working with both established corporations and startups, which are still a passion of hers. She co-founded two startups, and has also worked as a journalist in the fields of hi-tech, lifestyle, and culture, and was a blogger (the-word-well.com) before everyone was a blogger.
A veteran olah ('93), Sara holds a degree in Psychology and English.
Tal is a biologist with a PhD in genetics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She has worked for Masa for three years, where she served for over two years as Chief of Staff. She took up her current position in 2016. She is also responsible for all data analysis within Masa.
She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and two children.
Naama came to Masa from the ESCO Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship Center, where she served as the manager of social business initiatives and investor relationships. Previously, Naama worked in the Hi Tech and Communications sectors. She and her family spent several years in California, where she initiated several educational projects; among them, the establishment of a Hebrew school for the children of Israeli expats. While in the US, Naama created fundraising events for Israel with the JNF. Upon her return to Israel, Naama worked as director of resource developnment both at a non-profit for at-risk families and at an art school for at-risk youth. Her tenure at ESCO followed, once she realized that her passions for both the business and non-profit sectors could be merged in the form of social entrepreneurship. She likes to run (half marathons), hike, read and cook vegan.
Originally from Migdal HaEmek in the North of Israel, Liran Avisar Ben-Horin joined Masa Israel Journey as CEO in 2013, where she manages the joint project of the Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel that provides young adults immersive, life-changing internships, service-learning opportunities, and study abroad programs in Israel.
Prior to her appointment as CEO, Liran served as Chief of Staff of the Director General of Israel’s Prime Minister’s reforms. From 2004 until 2010, Liran worked in the Office, leading a number of governmental and civic Movement, and then as Director of the North American Aliyah Department for The Jewish Agency for Israel. She began her career as a legal assistant to former Israeli Attorney General, Menachem Mazuz. Liran completed her service in the Israel Defense Forces as a Company Commander for the women’s field units officers’ course, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Tel Aviv University, an LL.B with Honors from the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University and an LL.M from New York University. Liran is an almuna of the prestgious Maoz Fellows program for social change-makers.
Liran resides in Tel Aviv with her husband, Itay, and her daughter, Eshkol. In her spare time, Liran studies Judaism at Kolot, a pluralistic Beit Midrash.
The experience you get when you live, learn and work in a foreign country gives your career and life endless opportunities. Here are five reasons to study and intern abroad next semester.
When you spend a semester both studying and interning you can apply the knowledge from class immediately to the work environment which, makes your newly attained skills come to life. You'll understand it's okay to make mistakes and fail and that this semester abroad is the perfect opportunity to do so.
Unlike in your home country, where you understand the social and cultural norms, when you’re abroad, the context is changed, and your skill set naturally expands. From this point, you better know how to listen to others, understand how to adapt yourself to any situation and communicate across multiple cultural barriers. It's at this moment that you automatically challenge yourself and your senses become sharper than ever.
When you intern and study abroad you can have a transformative experience in your choice of career fields and get a taste of different jobs and work environments. It’s entirely okay to say you don’t like one path and then seamlessly switch to another, before it’s too late. So, whether you want to go to med school or work for a tech startup, you’ll get a dose of the real thing here in Israel.
Whether you’re in class or at your internship, you have the chance to develop your international network. Your coworkers, classmates, and professors serve as a new platform for connecting you with professional opportunities, resources and personal development in the present and the future.
Oh, the real world. Soon enough the four glorious years of college will have to come to an end, and there’s no way to better prepare yourself than by spending a semester in a beautiful country where you’ll live, work and study on your own. It is here where you get to experience real independence. You’ll finish the semester wishing you didn’t have to leave and go back to your dorm. Graduation never looked better.
Written By Ruti Alfandry, Masa Israel's Director of Academic Programs