Yeshivat Dvar Yerushalayim

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Program Description

We are a social academy for Jewish studies in a prime location in Jerusalem (Har Nof), considered to be one of the most spectacular  views in Jerusalem. We are an international institute hosting students from all around the world, with a variety of spiritual orientation and believe systems. We provide high level Ulpan program with professional teachers to demonstrate all aspects of the Hebrew Language. Additionally, we have a wide varity of lessons on fascinating subjects including: Jewish History, and the heritage of the Jewish nation, Jewish philosophy and overview of the ancient scripts.
 
Discover the real growing potential within yourself, and enhance your amazing abilities. Comfortable campus accommodations and board is included onsite.  
 

Masa Israel Alumni Leadership Summit

Masa Israel Alumni Leadership Summit

October 14, 2012 - 14:00  -  October 14, 2012 - 16:30

UJA FederationNew York, NY  - 

You returned from Israel last month, last year, 2 years ago…Now what? New York is a big place, and Masa Israel wants to help make it smaller.
Come to the Alumni Leadership Summit to
-connect with other Israel program alumni,
-hone your professional skills, and
-get information on involvement opportunities here in New York!
 
The cost of this awesome opportunity…FREE!! But spaces are limited so sign up in advance by visiting www.masaisrael.org/alumnisummit2012.
Here’s the event schedule:
2:00 Registration & networking
2:20 Greetings
2:45 Breakout Sessions
–How Does My Israel Experience Inform My Career?
–Finding Your Place In the Professional Jewish World
–Get Involved: Where Can I Make a Difference?
3:30 New York Engagement Fair & Networking
 
This event is open to all Masa Israel alumni. Light snacks will be served. You must have an ID with you to enter the event. Thank you to the event co-chairs, Dina Silberstein & Hallie Cohn. Contact Dena Stein (denast@masaisrael.org) for more information.

Celebrate like a local: festivals during Sukkot 2012

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Sukkot—the holiday of gathering. No matter where in the world you are, people will be by your side, celebrating in many different ways. And of course, there is no better place to celebrate Sukkot than in Israel, the best and biggest “sukkah” of them all!
 
Make this Sukkot special and exciting at the many different activities going on all over Israel.
 
 

Daat Menahem

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Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

Israel Campus Beat: Bridging the Gap - Campus Activists Empowered After Year in Israel

Israel Campus Beat: Bridging the Gap - Campus Activists Empowered After Year in Israel

September 10, 2012

By Emma Goss, ICB Reporter
 
A gap year program in Israel may end after 12 months, but participants say the experiences that they bring back to campus endure throughout their college careers.
Ariella Axler, a sophomore at Stanford University, said that she was already very supportive of Israel prior to participating in a Young Judaea gap year program before starting Stanford. Returning from the program has “made me more excited to share my thoughts with people," she said. "I’m not necessarily an advocate, but more of a cultural representative of Israel.” 
 
Axler said that Israel is a “very politicized” subject at Stanford, where each year Stanford Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER) urges the University to divest from companies that support Israel.
 
According to Stanford junior Noah Linfield, the divestment initiatives “definitely wore out a lot of Jewish students,” but Linfield’s decision to go on a gap year to Israel mid-college gave him the fuel to sustain his strong support of Israel on campus.
 
While most students who participate in gap year programs go before starting college, Linfield went to Israel after his sophomore year, studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion
 
Linfield said that taking a break to study in Israel gave him a new perspective and “a new resolve to come back to campus and be involved in any way I can. I’m looking forward to going back [to campus] and getting involved.”
 
Students who study for a year at Israeli yeshivas and religious seminaries typically learn about Israel through a religious lens, yet many students also bring back to the United States an enhanced understanding of Israeli political and cultural issues.
 
At the University of Maryland, sophomore Naham Shapiro, who spent a year studying at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa and is president of Shalom Zionists of University of Maryland (SHAZAM), said that although he went on a religious gap year program, his energies on campus are focused on advocating for Israel in a political, nonreligious context.
 
“The Jewish community at the University of Maryland is very much dominated by the Orthodox, and many of the various Jewish or Israel groups are centered in Hillel," Shapiro said. SHAZAM, he said, seeks to engage a broader cross-section of the campus community.
 
According to Linfield, who also went to Israel for religious studies, some yeshivas work to encourage students to advocate for Israel both on spiritual and political levels. 
 
“There were several classes and programs that focused on college advocacy and transferring what we’ve learned at the yeshiva back to campus, both in terms of current Israeli-Palestinian issues” in addition to Jewish issues, he said.
 
Often students enter their college campuses post-gap year as independent Israel advocates, without a strong support network.
 
Columbia University sophomore Joshua Fattal was studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion when he spearheaded Engaging Washington from Abroad (EWFA), a program designed to prepare students on gap year programs to become campus leaders in Israel advocacy through continued contact and meetings with peers from other gap year programs.
 
Fattal started EWFA in November, 2010, when he, along with friends and support from AIPAC, reached out to hundreds of students on gap year programs in Israel, and brought approximately 150 students to hear a presentation by AIPAC's director of leadership development, Jonathan Kessler.
 
Fattal said the initial meeting in Jerusalem was “a stepping-off point” for future meetings among gap-year graduates back in the US. This network helps students who advocate for Israel on their college campuses feel like they are part of a larger group of like-minded people.
 
Columbia sophomore Daniel Cohen who also was involved in the creation of EWFA, said that when students start college after a gap year program, they often feel more confident in advocating for Israel because, at least for a year, Israel was their home.
 
“You were there, you saw it on the ground, you made your conclusions. You feel much more qualified to tell yourself that you can be an activist on campus than if you’re just popping out of high school and being told Israel is awesome,” Cohen said. “You feel much more empowered.”
 
 

Yeshivat Hesder Meir Harel

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Program Description

Yeshivat Modiin was established in 2005 and is part of the Hesder Yeshiva world, devoted to both traditional Torah values, national and community service. The Yeshiva is situated in the city of Modiin and educates its students to follow in the path of HaRav Kook, to love the Torah with a diligent devotion to deep Torah learning, Jewish Leadership, and love of the land and the nation.
 
Modiin is situated in the heart of Israel. Only 25 minutes drive from Jerusalem and likewise from Tel Aviv, Modiin is a fast developing city with thousands of individuals and families join the ‘city of the future’ each year.
 

Masa Alumni Shabbaton

Masa Alumni Shabbaton

January 18, 2013 (All day)  -  January 19, 2013 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Want to reconnect with Masa in Israel? Want to reunite with your fellow Masa Israel friends? Want to share your experiences since you've graduated with us? Join us to help shape Masa Israel’s alumni activities in Israel.
The events is designed for alumni who are already in Israel. 

Public Diplomacy Through the Media Seminar

Public Diplomacy Through the Media Seminar

May 27, 2013 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

A one-day seminar on Israel advocacy designed to better prepare you for the campus environment. 
Learn all you need to know about communication skills, strategic messaging and the art of the pitch. 
 
Open to participants on Torani programs

Public Diplomacy Through the Media Seminar

Public Diplomacy Through the Media Seminar

April 23, 2013 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

A one-day seminar on Israel advocacy designed to better prepare you for the campus environment. 
Learn all you need to know about communication skills, strategic messaging and the art of the pitch. 
 
Open to participants on Torani programs

Public Diplomacy Through the Media Seminar

Public Diplomacy Through the Media Seminar

March 5, 2013 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

A one-day seminar on Israel advocacy designed to better prepare you for the campus environment. 
Learn all you need to know about communication skills, strategic messaging and the art of the pitch. 
 
Open to participants on Torani programs