Mirit Balkan is the I-Connect Manager at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. I-Connect increases number of young Cleveland adults ages 18-30 going on Israel programs including Masa Israel Journey. Mirit began in 2011 and has established herself as the local "to go" person when looking for a long term Israel Experience in the Cleveland Jewish community. Mirit was born in Israel, served as a sharp shooter sniper in the IDF, worked in Walt Disney World and The Gilo, The Rabin Center in Israel. She holds a Master in Interdisciplinary Democracy & a certificate in Peace a building and conflict studies.
Meira Kreuter is the Florida Regional Manager at Masa Israel, where she works on the full lifecycle recruitment process, including being the initial contact with potential program participants. Meira helps ensure a positive candidate experience throughout the entire process. Meira has been working at Masa since September 2016. Prior to working at Masa, Meira worked for several Birthright organizers in Israel, was a Hillel professional, and attended Law School. She also actively volunteers as a chapter advisor for her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon and is an alumna of Florida Atlantic University.
Amanda Monto is the Engagement Associate for Masa Israel in Chicago, where she serves as a community resource for Masa Israel opportunities. Prior to working at Masa, Amanda was a content manager for Prevent Child Abuse America. She is a University of Iowa alumna, with a degree in Communications and Psychology. Amanda served as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Rishon LeZion from 2014-2015.
Jacob was born and raised in Metro Detroit. Jacob graduated early from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in International Studies with a concentration in Comparative Culture and Identity, and Hebrew and Judaic Cultural Studies. He speaks fluent Hebrew and has visited Israel twice. Jacob works in the Israel & Overseas Department at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. He works on scholarships, the Israeli Camper Program, Partnership2Gether with the Central Galilee Region and Masa. As a regional representative Jacob helps recruit for Masa programs. He is passionate about enhancing the relationships between Israel and the Metro Detroit Jewish community.
Roxanna (though everyone calls her Roxy) was born and raised in sunny southern California. Roxy caught the travel bug after her first trip to Israel as a teenager and had been collecting stamps on her passport ever since. After her gap year on the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, Roxy went on to study Psychology and Human Development at the University of California-Davis. Since graduating, she has spent many years working and volunteering for various Jewish organizations such as Hillel, Camp Ramah, United Synagogue Youth, and the Builders of Jewish Education. Roxy is currently working as the Program Director for Israel Experiences & Post-Programs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She is passionate about Israel and helping people find the right Israel experience for them.
Rick was born in a small city in Florida near Tampa. He first went to Israel when he was 18 and was struck by the beauty of the country. That following summer he volunteered at a youth village in Pardes Hana. It was that experience that solidified his love and devotion to the State of Israel. While majoring in Jewish Studies and Social Work at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), Rick was extremely active in Jewish/Israel student organizations. Rick was the vice president of the JSU, a two-time Israel Month Director, and for two years he was a WZO Student Outreach Fellow. His greatest accomplishment at UF was directing the Florida Loves Israel Conference. In 2013, after his graduation, Rick made Aliyah and drafted into the IDF's Armored Corps. While in the IDF he was awarded best soldier in the company multiple times and was active in Operation Protective Edge. Rick is currently working as a Program Advisor in Masa's Jerusalem office. He is dedicated to sharing the beauty of Israel with all those who are interested in helping them find the best program possible.
Rachel Moses is the recruitment manager at Masa Israel, where she works on the full lifecycle recruitment process, including being the initial contact with potential internship participants. Rachel helps ensure a positive candidate experience throughout the entire process. Rachel has been working at Masa since October 2011, and has expertise in Masa Israel opportunities. Prior to working at Masa, Rachel was an elementary school teacher in New York City. She holds a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from York University in Toronto.
Andria spends her time at Masa creating fresh and inspiring content for email, marketing collateral, blogs and much more. Andria is an alumna of Career Israel 2014-15 and spent her time on Masa interning for WMN, the first female incubator in Tel Aviv. Before working for Masa Andria was Director of Sales and Online Marketing for the branding agency Hey Now! Media in Cleveland, Ohio.
Axel Angeles is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Masa Israel. He is responsible for showcasing and bringing the Masa Israel experience to life through Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and more. Axel is an alumnus of Masa Israel where he received a Master’s in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. Before working for Masa Israel, Axel worked as a marketing assistant for a company called LifeCell. His experience includes video production, Spanish/English translations, content editing, and product design.
Allison manages Masa Israel Journey’s public relations and alumni and parent communications. Before Masa, she worked as an Educator-Advisor for Jewish Student Connection in the New York area, where she also managed the organization’s social media, communications and public relations. During her time on Masa’s Israel Government Fellows program, Alli served as Public and International Communications Fellow for Melchior Social Initiatives, a group of progressive nonprofits founded by former MK and Government Minister Rabbi Michael Melchior.
Alli holds a bachelor’s in Politics and International and Global Studies from Brandeis University.