It's hard to believe we're almost half-way through the year!
So far, 2016 has been an extremely exciting year for Masa Israel Journey. Here's a look at what we've been up to in Israel and the United States:
Birthright Mega Event
Masa staff, participants and partners met thousands of Taglit-Birthright Israel travelers and helped them learn how to get back to Israel.
MITF Enrichment Day
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows from across the country came to Jerusalem to develop their professional skills and share best practices for teaching inside and outside of the classroom.
Make Your Journey Matter
Masa brought a delegation of Israel on campus professionals to Israel and hosted a back-to-campus fair where gap year participants met representatives from AEPi, AIPAC, CAMERA, Chabad on Campus, The David Project, Hillel, Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC), Jerusalm U, JNF, J Street U, Stand With Us, and more.
Israel Tech Challenge Hackathon
Israel Tech Challenge CTO Coding Bootcamp held its first hackathon at Google Campus Tel Aviv.
Samsung Tel Aviv Marathon
Every year, Masa participants run in marathons and other races across Israel. This year, for the first time ever our participants, staff and partners ran the Tel Aviv Marathon together as #TeamMasa.
An Evening with CCAR and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro
Masa participants and staff met with the members of the Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro in Tel Aviv for an evening of networking and entertainment.
Gap Year Leadership Seminar
Participants from various Masa gap year programs gathered in Jerusalem for a day of workshops and field trips to help them prepare for the challenges they may face on college campuses in the fall.
Photo by Michael Robinson, Masa Israel alumnus
AIPAC Policy Conference 2016
Masa brought 40 American alumni to the AIPAC Policy Conference - our largest alumni delegation yet!
Masa-GLI Global Leadership Summit
Each semester, Masa, in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel's Global Leadership Institute brings post-college program participants from from around the world together for the Masa-GLI Global Leadership Summit. a five-day intensive leadership training seminar, the Leadership Summit gives participants the opportunity to join a network of Jewish leaders and organizations that support their personal and professional growth in Israel and beyond.
April tends to be a quiet month for us with our staff and participants taking vacation over Passover, but this year, we joined Snapchat! Follow us at masaisrael.
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Hundreds of Masa participants attended the offical State of Israel Yom HaShoah Ceremony at Yad Vashem on the evening Wednesday, May 4.
Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror)
On the evening of Tuesday, May 10 Masa hosted its annual Yom HaZikaron ceremony at the Yad Lashiryon Memorial at Latrun is the Armored Corps’ Memorial Site and Museum. Masa's annual ceremony is the largest English language Yom HaZikaron ceremony in Israel.
Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day)
In Israel, Memorial Day is immediately followed by Independence Day. As the sun set on Wednesday, May 11, the entire country transitioned form a state of mourning to one of celebration. From dancing the night away on city streets, to the unofficially traditional mangal (barbecue) the next day, Masa participants celebrated Israel's 68th birthday like locals.
Masa-GLI Wilf Family Holocaust Education Program in Poland
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Wilf family, Masa is able to bring a select group of oustanding participants to Poland to explore the local Jewish community's tragic history and its incredibly inspiring revival.
Jewish American Heritage Month
On Wednesday, May 25 Masa participants attended a special ceremony at the Knesset in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. Some were even lucky enough to snap a selfie with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.
Masa Israel Culture Event
Approximately 2,000 Masa participants gathered in Jerusalem on Thursday, May 26 for our annual cultural event, which featured interactive workshops and performances by Amos Oz, Tom Franc, Cafe Shahor Hazak and many more.