Jacob Allen

Jacob Allen

Israel & Overseas Associate

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit 

allen@jfmd.org

Meara Razon Ashtivker

Alex Elman

Alex Elman

Director, Marketing and Communications

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

February 22, 2016

Welcome to the Masa Israel family, Meara Razon Ashtivker

Meara joins us from the hi-tech sector, where she  served as C.O.O. at Boomset, an innovative event-tech company, managing sales and marketing and spearheading global partnerships. Prior to joining Boomset, Meara held the position of V.P. of community outreach for Jspace.com where she created and executed a marketing plan, as well as planned and produced mass-attended events.

 

True to our mission, Meara has lived it like a local,  having spent significant time living, working and studying in Israel. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Hartford, she was selected to participate in the Otzma program. In the years following, she moved to Miami to work with Young Judaea and returned to Israel to work for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Meara received an M.A. in non-profit management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem while working for Beit Hatfutsot.

 

Meara served as the board chair for Dor Chadash and sat on the board of directors of the American Zionist Movement and the Moatza in New York.

 

In her new position as Masa Israel’s North American COO, where she will be managing the national recruitment and marketing efforts in the US.

She plans on expanding her vast global and local partner network, industry insight and international know-how to continue to bring an increasing number of young Jews to Israel in order to impact the futures of both.

 

We wish her, and us, much success! Welcome to the Masa Israel family, Meara.

Test your Presidential Knowledge

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In honor of Presidents' Day, we're challenging you to see how much you know about U.S. and Israeli Presidents:

 
 

10 Amazing Masa Israel Love Stories

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Valentine's Day may not be a Jewish holiday, but we can't stop ourselves from kvelling over all of these beautiful alumni couples who met in Israel:

 

1. Kelly and Jon, 2008

 

 

'I was the quiet one, she was the loud one'

10 Tips for Blogging Your Israel Experience

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So you’re going to Israel for a 4-10 month Masa Israel program. You probably want to share your experiences with people or maybe your overbearing Jewish mother is nudging you. Either way, blogging is one of our favorite ways to shine a light on our impressive participants, like you!

 

 

Top 10 Masa Israel Moments of 2015

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Wow! We can hardly believe 2015 is already coming to a close and we’re sure you’re all reminiscing on the year that has passed. Both in terms of achievements and experiences, here at Masa Israel we have had a pretty incredible 2015. Let’s look back on this year and recap our 10 best Masa Israel Moments!

 

1.Our 2015 AIPAC Policy Conference Delegation

 

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Applications Open for 2016 - 2017 School Year

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Applications Open for 2016 - 2017 School Year

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Applications Open for 2016 - 2017 School Year

December 15, 2015

An opportunity for aspiring educators and social workers to gain global experience and perspective while bridging the education gap in Israel.

New York, New York — December 9, 2015Masa Israel Journey, is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF) program. 

Next year, the fellowship will have more spaces available in its youth village track, which places Fellows in boarding schools for immigrant and at-risk youth. The program will also build upon its coexistence initiatives by expanding to the city of Nazareth and its surrounding communities in the lower Galilee, as well as placing Fellows in Arab schools in the mixed city of Lod.

 

The 10-month service-learning fellowship for high-achieving Jewish college graduates ages 21 to 30 allows young professionals to gain international teaching and social work experience in Israel. As most Israeli universities require high English proficiency for admission, knowledge of the English language is a key social mobility indicator in Israeli society. Fellows work in underserved elementary and middle school classrooms throughout Israel and support full time teachers in improving students’ English learning outcomes.

 

Since Fellows live in the areas where they work, these young professionals fully integrate into the Israeli communities they serve. Participants in the program live in Israel like real locals.

 

“The program leverages Israel’s strong history as context for a learning-centered experience, enabling young Jewish adults to explore their passion for education while making a real difference in narrowing Israel’s educational achievement gap in underserved communities,” said Liran Avisar, Chief Executive Officer of Masa Israel Journey.

 

“I give back my time because we’re here and it’s our job as members of society to try and give back as much as possible,” Corinne Gracyalny, 25, a current Fellow in Netanya explained. “If I can help my kids feel more confident speaking English, that’s what matters.”

 

Since its inaugural session in 2011-2012, 672 Jewish young adults from the United States, Canada, England, South Africa and Australia have served as Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. The Fellowship has expanded from five cities to thirteen cities across Israel including Ashdod, Be’er Sheva, Beit Shean, Migdal HaEmek, Nazareth, Netanya, Petach Tikvah, Rahat, Ramle, Lod, Rehovot, Rishon Lezion and Youth Villages.

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a competitive program with only 210 spots available for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Please visit http://israelteachingfellows.org/apply to apply and learn more.

 

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MITF is a joint initiative of the Israeli Ministry of Education, Masa Israel Journey, and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Masa Israel Journey is a project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel and is made possible through the generous contributions of the Jewish Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod-UIA.

 

Visit www.MasaIsrael.org for more information.

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JCiorciari@mww.com, 646.376.7042