Noam Shabo

Noam Shabo

Director of Information systems

Yehudit Werchow

Yehudit Werchow

Director of Education

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

July 15, 2015

For the first time ever, Masa Israel Journey and its alumni communities across North America have coordinated efforts to hold a series of Shalom U’Lehitraot (Hello and Goodbye) Parties across the country this summer. Each community has taken it upon itself to bring together alumni, recent returnees and future Masa Israel Journey participants. 

As recent returnees say hello, they can expect a warm welcome into a local network of Jewish young adults, united by their shared Masa Israel experiences. Alumni will be happy to share their advice for successful transition back into life stateside. Additionally, Masa Israel’s alumni communities help connect alumni to local and national opportunities to strengthen their connections to Israel and to deepen their involvement in Jewish life.


While future participants say goodbye before heading to Israel, they will have the opportunity to answer all of their last minute questions and get the local scoop from Masa Israel alumni who lived it like a local before them.


Meanwhile, veteran Masa Israel alumni will reunite to catch up, reminisce about Israel and find out about the exciting local and national opportunities that the Masa Israel alumni community has in store for the coming year.

 

Be sure to RSVP for your local Shalom U’Lehitraot Party:
Boston – Sunday, July 19
Chicago – Sunday, July 19
Toronto – Sunday, July 19
Los Angeles – Thursday, July 30
New York Tri State Area – Thursday, July 30
Washington DC – Thursday, July 30
Twin Cities – Thursday, August 6
Miami – Sunday, August 16
Baltimore - TBD

 

For all the latest Masa Israel alumni community updates, join our LinkedIn Group and Like us on Facebook.

 

Aardvark Israel - Year

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Program Description

Aardvark Israel Programs offer Jewish students from around the world the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS,” by providing a tailor-made, modular curriculum, so students can build a customized experience in Israel.  Aardvark offers volunteering and internships, the chance to study and earn university academic credit, an opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, and independent living in apartments in the center of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population.


You can customize your experience even further by choosing one of our

 

Special Interest Add-Ons:


- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances
- Entrepreneurship Track
- Law and Government Track
- Sea Sports Track
- Social Media and Communication Track
- Nepal Cultural Exchange

Highlights

- Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
- Opportunities for international travel to Europe, Africa and Asia
- Unique internship and volunteering opportunities

 

Aardvark International

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Program Description

Aardvark International combines a dynamic Israel program with travel to EIGHT different countries allowing students to further cultivate their knowledge of the Jewish People’s history in the Diaspora, experience different cultures, and learn about Israel’s place in the international community.  In Israel, the program offers Jewish students the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS,” by providing a tailor-made, modular curriculum, so students can build a customized experience in Israel.  Aardvark offers volunteering and internships, the chance to study and earn university academic credit, an opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, and independent living in apartments in the center of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population.


Complementing the Israel experience, Aardvark International participants will travel once a month to a foreign country (France, Spain, Czech Republic, China, Ethiopia, Italy, Germany, and Holland.) This program is perfect for students who love to travel and want to have a unique, global adventure.


In addition, students may customize their experience even further by choosing one of our


Special Interest Add-Ons:


- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances
- Entrepreneurship Track
- Law and Government Track
- Sea Sports Track
- Social Media and Communication Track
- Nepal Cultural Exchange

Highlights

- Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
- International travel to Europe, Africa and Asia
- Unique internship and volunteering opportunities
- Live with students from all over the world
- Earn university academic credit

 

Aardvark Israel - Selah

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Program Description

Aardvark Israel - Selah offers Jewish students from around the world the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS” through enriching Jewish learning and experiences in a co-ed, non-coercive atmosphere.  Students will explore their Jewish identity, ask questions and enjoy their Jewish learning in an open and supportive environment.
While living in apartments in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, students will volunteer or intern, tour the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, take academic courses, study in a Beit Midrash, have unique Jewish experiences, celebrate Shabbat with different communities in Israel and interact with amazing Rabbis and Jewish educators.  Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population. This program is for young adults who love to learn, interact with many different types of people and want to be immersed into Israeli society.


In addition to the core components of the program, students may customize the experience even further by choosing one of our
Special Interest Add-Ons:


- Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances
- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Nepal Cultural Exchange

Highlights

- Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
- Opportunities for international travel to Europe, Africa and Asia
- Enriching Beit Midrash and experiential Jewish learning
- Unique internship and volunteering opportunities
- Live with students from all over the world

Top 5 Father’s Day Gifts to Bring Home from Israel

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As programs wind down and Masa Israel participants prepare to head home, here are a few ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts to pick up before heading to the airport:

 

1. A cheesy tourist t-shirt

 

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Young Judaea Year Course

Program Description

 
YOUNG JUDAEA YEAR COURSE!THE #1 GAP YEAR PROGRAM IN ISRAEL CELEBRATING ITS 60th YEAR!

 

Year Course sets you up for success! In College, in Life!

 

HOW IT WORKS


JERUSALEM ACADEMIC SEMESTER
You’ll live independently, sharing apartments with friends in our modern campus located in the beautiful, central Jerusalem neighborhood of Baka. Shops, cafes and public transportation are all close by with the magical Old City a short walk away. Throughout this semester you will explore Israel’s complex political and social issues as well as Judaism, Jewish History, Art and more through classes, workshops, tours and discussions, all in a unique informal setting.

 

BAT YAM VOLUNTEERING SEMESTER

Make a real difference in Israel living in Bat Yam, an up-and-coming beach town 15 minutes from Tel Aviv. Teach in a school, volunteer in a soup kitchen, train to be a paramedic or choose one of hundreds of other possibilities where your skills and time are most needed.
There’s also an opportunity to sign up for Marva – a challenging 8 week IDF boot camp and push yourself to the limits!

 

SPECIAL INTEREST MONTH

In the last month of your year, you’ll choose from an unbelievable range of options and design your own Special Interest Month! Learn new skills, challenge yourself and boost your resume!

 

  • Backpack Israel’s epic Sea-to-Sea hike
  • Learn to surf in Tel Aviv
  • Take a photography crash course
  • Intern with an Israeli company
  • Study Jewish texts at a Yeshiva/Midrasha
  • Work on a kibbutz

Highlights

 

Specialty Tracks: Customize your year!


Tracks offer you specialized activities to meet your interests and passions led by top Israeli experts that will enrich your year and your resume.

Business: Network, entrepreneurs, start-ups, leadership!

 

Art: Meet local artists, workshops, shows, exhibitions!

 

Medical: Volunteer, meet experts, research, hands-on!

 

Sound: Concerts, musicians, jam sessions, studio time!

 

Sports: Competitions, exercise, meet professional athletes!

 

Tiyulim: Hike, outdoor skills, teamwork, hadracha!

 

Beit Midrash: Jewish texts, shabbatot, inspiring educators!

 

Olami: The world is your classroom!

 

Love traveling? Take advantage of our world travel options to Italy, Greece, Morocco and Poland! See famous world sites and learn the story of the Jewish people live on location!

 

Tikun Olam: Africa volunteering experience!

 


Make a difference in the lives of others with our unique partnership at the inspirational Shalom Agohozo Youth Village in Rwanda. You’ll embark on an empowering, rewarding journey and volunteer with youth struggling with the after-effects of the 1994 genocide and prepare them to take on leadership roles in society

 

Stacey Abendstern

 

Israel Highway - Do It Your Way

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Program Description

Israel Highway: Do It Your Way, is exactly what the name suggests. This brand new exciting gap year program for Australians, South Africans, and Brits allows you to choose your Israel experience.
 
Whether you want to volunteer in Tel Aviv, live on a kibbutz, hike Israel’s beautiful landscapes, or play sports all day in the sun, this program is for you.
But don’t worry, we won’t just drop you off in Israel to fend for yourself!
 
This 5 month adventure starts off in the country’s capital, Jerusalem, where you will be studying Hebrew in an Ulpan. Next you’ll go off to the cultural hub of Israel, Tel Aviv, to volunteer with some truly incredible organizations.
During this initial part of the program, there will also be an inspiring trip to Berlin and Poland where you will have the opportunity to further connect with our Jewish roots. The rest is up to you!
 
The program includes touring in all of the important sites in Israel, Jewish and Israel studies, Ulpan lessons, challenging hikes, heritage tour to Berlin and Poland and much more.
 
In addition to all of that ,as the program's name suggests, we have a wide element of choice as we want to offer the single participant the ability to take his own "Highway" in Israel.
 
 
The “Israel Highway” program runs around three main circles:
 
1) Me and my identity - the participants will spend a full month in Jerusalem, will tour all the important sites, study Hebrew in Japan and will also investigate various topics with the help of their leaders and top speakers.
The topics include Jewish identity, Zionism, the Israeli-Arab conflict, engagement on campus and more.
To conclude this part of the program, the participants will embark on a 5 days challenging hike in the desert where they will be divided into small squads and will be required to help each other and use their leadership skills in order to “survive” the trip.
 
2) Me and my community - the focus is on giving back to the community after defining yourself. The participants will live in apartments in central Tel Aviv where they will be responsible for cooking, cleaning and the rest of the house hold chores.
Every day the participants will volunteer in various places such as: Save a Child's Heart, SPIVAK ( working with the disabled) , soup kitchens, animal shelters and schools. In order to break the routine, the participants will go on a one week army experience - Gadna.
 
3) My own way - the participants get to choose what is the “Highway” he or she wants to take.
 
 
Sport and Healthy Lifestyle Highway - Walk alongside Israel’s top athletes at “The Wingate Institute, Israel’s National Centre for Physical Education and Sport”, where you will learn how to maintain your body and combine sports into your daily life.
 
-Kibbutz Highway - Take on the lifestyle of a kibbutznik and help the kibbutznikim with their daily responsibilities.
 
-Walking Israel's national path Highway- Discover Israel through your feet as you hike the length of Israel from top to bottom while you carry your home on your back (will open with minimum of 15 pax)
 
- UIA Volunteering Highway - Join one of the UIA’s youth villages and volunteer with Israeli students from all around the country. You will volunteer with the students in order to build the future face of Israel’s periphery in a young and vibrant environment.