Masa Israel Alumni North American Board Retreat

Masa Israel Alumni North American Board Retreat

August 9, 2013 (All day)  -  August 11, 2013 (All day)

  TBD, United States  - 

All Masa Alumni Board members are invited to attend the first annual Masa Alumni Board Retreat.
The retreat will focus on leadership development, programming techniques, and other skills alumni will need to engage fellow alumni in their area and run outstanding events! Details on Retreat location will be announced shortly. For more information or to start a Masa Alumni Board in your community, contact Dena Stein at denast@masaisrael.org.

3,000 Masa Israel Participants Gather for End-of-Year Conference

3,000 Masa Israel Participants Gather for End-of-Year Conference

3,000 Masa Israel Participants Gather for End-of-Year Conference

May 23, 2013

3,000 young Jews from around the world, participants in long-terms programs through Masa Israel Journey, attended the Masa Israel Journey Conference and End of 2012-2013 Academic Year Event at the Jerusalem International Convention Centre this past Monday.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: The Masa program participants were addressed by the Israeli Minister of the Economy, Naftali Bennett, and Chairman of Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky. They also participated in a panel discussion with the outstanding Israeli sportsmen and women Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi, Karen Leibowitz, and Andi Ram. 
 
Olympic medalist, judoka Arik Ze'evi said, “After a year in Israel, you will be the best ambassadors for our country.”
 
Naftali Bennett, Minister of the Economy said: “I salute those of you who are planning on making Aliyah. We need every one of you. For those of you that are planning to return home, I am certain that after a year here, the State of Israel will remain close to your hearts and that you will continue to visit us.”
 
Natan Sharansky held an open dialogue with the students during which he told them: “Masa participants discover their roots while visiting Israel and they discover that the Jewish people is one family. It is very important to us that you feel part of our family and that you represent us upon your return home.”
 
Masa Israel Journey is a joint project of Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Its aim is to strengthen the connection between young Jews around the world and the State of Israel.  Participants spend 5-10 months in Israel and can choose from a wide range of programs involving volunteer work, studying or professional internships.  Over 10,000 young Jews from 60 countries participate in Masa programs each year. Upon their return to their home countries, many graduates become involved with their local Jewish communities and become ambassadors for Israel.
 
 

Be'eros Seminary

Program Description

 

Midreshet Torat Chessed

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Program Description

At Midreshet Torat Chessed, we believe in the power of a multi-faceted Year in Israel experience—and that an experience that combines serious Torah learning together with meaningful chessed can be life altering, as each aspect mutually enhances the other. 
Throughout their year, our students will dedicate their time towards strengthening their connection to the three major pillars of Jewish life- Torat Yisrael, Am Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael. Bet Elazraki has developed a reputation around the world as being one of the most professional, successful, and thriving homes for at risk children in the country. It is an institution with unparalleled warmth and energy.
 
The participants of Midreshet Torat Chessed will have the singular opportunity to experience, and to help create, this warmth. They will be a part of The home- and integrate into the home. They will spend their afternoons with the children, as well as many Shabbatot and Chagim. They will live near the children and eat their meals with the children. Through this, they will be- come an integral part of the Bet Elazraki team.They will join 40 Israeli girls their age who are completing Sheirut Leumi (national service) at the home, which will give them the unique opportunity to befriend peers from Israel, and gain a singular understanding of Israeli society and culture.
 
In addition, the warmth and energy that permeates Bet Elazraki will define all aspects of our Midrasha as well. Midreshet Torat Chessed will be a place of warmth and meaning. It will be a place where girls will be encouraged to grow, but in their own way and at their own pace. Our excellent staff, classes, and programming will be geared towards creating a year of meaningful self reflection – all in the context of one of Israel’s most dynamic and exceptional institutions.

Highlights

- Combine half a day of Torah study with half a day of meaningful volunteer work with underprivileged children at a world renowned Children's home.
- Learn the unique power of giving on a daily basis.
- Work hand in hand with 50 Israeli Sheirut Leumi girls.
- Gain unique insight into Israeli society and culture by being a part of an Israeli Children's Home.
- Strengthen your connection to Am Yisrael, Torat Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael every single day!
 

Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah

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Program Description

Migdal will inspire our students with a desire to learn and become more knowledgeable in Torah as well empower them with the skills in order to do so. We ensure that our students leave the yeshiva with the tools they need for lifelong independent study in all areas of Torah scholarship. At Migdal, shiurim are not lectures, but are rather tailored learning experiences where questions and dialogue are encouraged. There is also great emphasis on chavruta style learning and allowing students to work through the entire spectrum of Jewish texts on their own under the guidance of their rebbeim.
 
Our goal at Migdal is to provide the best possible role models for our students. Along with a dedicated full-time faculty, many of our rebbeim maintain jobs in the secular world and lead by example on how one is to live as a Torah Jew in today's society. A primary component of the curriculum at Migdal is dedicated to examining the many issues that confront a person in the modern world from both a halachic and philosophic perspective.
 

Seminaire Orthodoxe Francophone - Beera Chel Myriam

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Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

Masa participants revel at Israeli mega-cultural event

Masa participants revel at Israeli mega-cultural event

Masa participants revel at Israeli mega-cultural event

February 26, 2013

The youths, part of over 200 Masa Israel Journey programs being held throughout the country, were the guests of The Jewish Agency for Israel's three-day Board of Governors meeting, also being held in the capital.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - More than two thousand Jewish youth from around the world packed into Jerusalem's International Convention Center's halls Monday evening to attend a series of master classes and performances held by some of the country's top entertainment, literary, and artistic talents.
 
The event, which hosted parcipitants from over 200 Masa Israel Journey programs being held throughout the country, coincided with The Jewish Agency for Israel's three-day Board of Governors meeting, which also took place in the capital.
 
Masa Israel Journey offers young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 immersive, life-changing gap year, study abroad, post-college and volunteer experiences in Israel, connecting them to programs that meet their interests, offering scholarships, providing expertise, and supporting them throughout the entire process.
 
The evening opened with a screening of the award-winning Israeli film, Fill the Void, and a master class held afterward by the film's starring actress, Irit Sheleg. 
 
Later, performing in more intimate halls alongside one another, some of Israel's top cultural icons shared their perspectives on Israeli culture with the Masa participants.
 
The performers included music, poetry and prose, by classically-trained pianist and composer Shlomi Shaban and singer and guitarist Yali Sobol of the band Monica Sex; a solo show by indie groove diva Karolina (Keren Avratz), songs by pop sensation Harel Skaat, a reading by award-winning author Etgar Keret, a dramatic performance by a troupe from the Vertigo Contemporary Dance Company. 
 
The evening was capped by a scorching performance in the main auditorium by hip-hop and reggae singer Mooke and his band, who raised the roof and brought the audience to their feet and rocking in the aisles for the entire set.
 

Exploring Community Far Away from Home

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By Jillian Hoenig, Shaalvim for Women
 
Does our unity make us a community, or does our being a community unite us?
 
What does it mean to be a community?
 
To be a state?
 
To be a nation?
 
What connection do we have with one another? 
 
 My friend Ariel and I were in Sanhedria looking to hail a cab.
 

Rejuvenated Jewish Pride

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By Rachel Manoucheri, Bnos Chava
 
I have been an Orthodox Jew my entire life. 
 
I studied in the most prestigious religious institutions of Los Angeles, and spent last year at the Masa Israel-accredited Bnos Chava, an academically rigorous seminary in Jerusalem.  
 
During my free time, I toured the streets of Jerusalem, and began to comprehend the identity of each Jewish sect.
 

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Announces Significant Tuition Grants to Masa Israel Journey Alumni

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Announces Significant Tuition Grants to Masa Israel Journey Alumni

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Announces Significant Tuition Grants to Masa Israel Journey Alumni

February 19, 2013

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem recently announced a new initiative exclusively for Masa Israel Journey program alumni: significant tuition grants of up to 70% off for the 2013-2014 Year Program.
These $4,000 Year Program tuition grants are available on a limited basis, and roughly parallel the amounts awarded by Masa Israel Journey to those eligible in order to help cover the cost of full-time study at Pardes.
 
The launch of this special grant comes as the result of identifying a growing interest among Masa program participants and alumni in finding a meaningful, serious, and open forum to explore questions about Jewish life, text and ritual, both during their respective programs and beyond. Over the last several years, Pardes has opened its doors to welcome other Masa programs for enrichment opportunities including learning sessions about Jewish holidays, Shabbatonim, and more.
 
In many cases, time spent volunteering, interning, and pursuing additional passions in Israel leads to a piqued interest in Jewish identity, Jewish community, and Jewish knowledge, and participants find themselves eager for a forum to explore these issues while further engaging with Israeli society.
 
"I had a wonderful time on Oztma in 2010-11, living, working, and sometimes playing in Israeli society. At the end of the year, I was not ready to leave," said Amir Zinkow, now a student at Pardes. "Learning at Pardes has been an amazing way to help me further connect to Israel, the Jewish people, and my own Judaism from a textual perspective, and has empowered me with skills to lead an informed Jewish life."
 
The Pardes grants will allow Masa program participants of the last five years an opportunity to take their Jewish exploration and learning to the next level, while alleviating some of the financial concern that full-time study sometimes brings - particularly for those who have already used their funding from Masa.
 
Pardes Dean Dr. David I. Bernstein said, “As Masa's impressive array of programs continues to provide transformative experiences in Israel to so many young Jewish adults, we hear their wishes to continue exploring their Jewish identities in a meaningful way. Pardes decided to take the extra step to further engage Masa alumni by providing an in-depth opportunity to explore classic Jewish texts and contemporary Jewish issues in a diverse, warm, and open environment.”
 
For more information, visit www.pardes.org.il or contact ilana@pardes.org.il.
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