Symbols, metaphors, and preparing to come home

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So this is it. The end. It’s over.
 
After Shabbat, I’m going to see everyone again in the fall at best, never at worst.
 

Not just for laughs

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By Sophia Jane Wilkof, Midreshet Yeud 
 
This year I have had the opportunity to put my Zionism into meaningful action.
 
I chose to go to a seminary called Midreshet Yeud, where I was able to both immerse myself in Jewish learning to strengthen my Jewish identity, and immerse myself in Israeli life through volunteering to strengthen my tie to this land.
 
I've always loved performing and I wanted to p
 

Jewish Community Celebration - Israel in the Gardens

Jewish Community Celebration - Israel in the Gardens

June 10, 2012 - 11:00  -  June 10, 2012 (All day)

Yerba Buena GardensSan Francisco  -  United States

Get ready to join thousands of members of the greater bay Area Jewish community for our annual event.
Israel in the Gardens, the largest Jewish celebration in Northern California will be more exciting than ever, with lots of musical talents, roundtable community conversations, exciting kids' activities, the new O-Zone for teens, & the After Party (21+) at the Cellar.

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Chicago Israel Experience Celebration & Farewell

Chicago Israel Experience Celebration & Farewell

June 12, 2012 - 19:00

Beth Hillel Bnei EmunahWilmette, IL  - 

The Jewish Agency for Israel, NefeshB’Nefesh&TheAliyah Council of Greater Chicago proudly invite you to the Annual Israel Experience Celebration & Farewell in honor of:
Chicagoland’s New Olim
Naale Elite Academy Students
Masa Israel Journey Participants
 
Tuesday, June 12 2012 at 7:00 pm
Beth Hillel Congregation BnaiEmunah
3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091
 
Heavy appetizers; dietary laws observed
 
Chairman of the Aliyah Council of Greater Chicago, Mr. Elliott Robinson
 
Co-sponsors: Masa Israel Journey, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Naale Elite Academy, American Zionist Movement, and Ebenezer Midwest
 
We will also be saying farewell to our Chicago shlichim who are returning to Israel 
 
Please RSVP for you and your guests by June 8th to Rachel at aliyahchicago@jafi.org or (847) 674-8861 
 

Coloring the desert

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By Tamar Gelb, Me'ohr Bais Yaakov
 
As nobody famous once said, "Dirt, dirt everywhere, but nothing to plant."
 
Driving for four hours in the desert of Israel, one can either go crazy from the mere desolation or crazy from the breathtaking beauty of the endless sand.
 
 

ShalomLife: PM Netanyahu Tells Masa Participants Stand Up For Israel Wherever You Are

ShalomLife: PM Netanyahu Tells Masa Participants Stand Up For Israel Wherever You Are

May 23, 2012

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu addressed thousands of Jewish young adults from around the world this week. 
All of whom are currently spending time in Israel as part of Masa Israel Journey, a partnership between the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency. Netanyahu called on the Masa participants to stand up for Israel wherever they are – by making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) or defending Israel in their home communities.
 
In Toronto, Masa is funded through UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
 
"Israel is your home, your homeland, and your future," the Prime Minister said. "You are bringing back to your countries something valuable – the truth about Israel."
 
The prime minister praised Jewish Agency Chairman of the Executive Natan Sharansky, calling him “a hero of the Jewish people.”
 
He recalled for the Masa participants that when Sharansky stood in court back in the Soviet Union and was asked whether he had anything to say, he responded: "I have nothing to say to the court, but to my wife and the Jewish people I say, ‘next year in Jerusalem.’"
 

Masa Israel Programs Fair for Birthright Israel Participants

Masa Israel Programs Fair for Birthright Israel Participants

July 17, 2012 (All day)

  TBD, Israel  - 

Masa Israel invites current Birthright Israel participants to learn about opportunities to get back to Israel.
Learn more about the programs we offer.

Los Angeles Israel Experience Celebration & Send Off

Los Angeles Israel Experience Celebration & Send Off

June 14, 2012 - 18:00  -  June 14, 2012 - 21:00

LA Jewish FederationLos Angeles, CA  - 

Going to Israel on a Masa Israel program? Let us organize a celebration in your honor!
- Make friends with other people from your and other programs
- Enjoy a kosher Israeli dinner
- Sing and dance with a special performance by the Tzofim Friendship Caravan
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
6505 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
 
RSVP by June 8th: nicolea@jafi.org / Tel:  323-658-7302
 
In partnership with: BBYO, B’nai Akiba, Habonim Dror, Israeli Scouts, JSU/NCSY, NFTY, Ramah, USY and Young Judaea

PresenTense/Masa Israel Pitch Night

PresenTense/Masa Israel Pitch Night

May 29, 2012 - 19:00

UJA-Federation of New YorkNew York, NY  - 

This year, Masa Israel launched a PresenTense Social Entrepreneurship program for Masa Israel alumni who have visions for Jewish social entrepreneurship projects.
After months of hard work, they are ready to present their plans. Support fellow alumni as they pitch their projects, get a PresenTense crash course, and network over nosh.
 
 
If you have any questions, please contact Masa Israel's Director of Alumni Rachel Trager Sales at racheltr@masaisrael.org.