What a Difference a Year Makes: Masa Israel Journey is Changing the Way Young Jews View Israel

What a Difference a Year Makes: Masa Israel Journey is Changing the Way Young Jews View Israel

What a Difference a Year Makes: Masa Israel Journey is Changing the Way Young Jews View Israel

January 1, 2012

Masa helps students strengthen their Jewish identity and develop a lifelong love of Israel.
While a good percentage of Orthodox high school graduates flock to the Holy Land each fall, there are tens of thousands more who don’t even care to go.
 
Masa Israel Journey is helping to change that.
 
“I didn’t see much value in spending a year in Israel,” says Sarah Alt, eighteen, who attended public high school in Buffalo, New York. “I figured it was just a year to hang out.” She planned instead to study music at Buffalo State University. Alt was involved with NCSY, the Orthodox Union’s phenomenally successful youth movement. NCSY advisors in her region convinced her that the year in Israel was something definitely worth her time.
 
Although still wary, she went, thanks to the support she received from Masa Israel Journey. “I was so nervous getting on the plane,” she says. “I was like—what am I doing? I don’t like learning!” After her year at Machon Maayan, she changed her tune. “I just loved seeing the country,” she says. “I gained a great love for learning, for Israel, for my fellow Jew, and for what it means to be a Jew.”
 
 

Yeshivat Aderes HaTorah

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Program Description

Yeshiva Aderes Hatorah was founded by Rabbi Senter on the belief that every student with a desire to excel in his learning deserves the attention and support needed to truly do so.
 
At the center of our educational philosophy is the conviction that an individual must be guided in a way that is uniquely tailored to his particular disposition and needs. The yeshiva focuses on working with each individual as a whole. This includes helping them achieve in their studies, ensuring that their physical needs are met, and facilitating an overall sense of happiness and confidence within each and every student.
 
The yeshiva campus is located in Jerusalem in beautiful new facilities. The campus contains a Beis Medrash, kitchen, dining room, dorm rooms, an exercise room, and a computer room. There is an extremely close connection between the faculty and student bodies. This is enabled by a large number of staff on hand, as well as the limited amount of students per class.
 
There is an importance placed on extracurricular activities as well. School trips, barbeques, and ball playing are all part of the experience. At the end of the semester, the Yeshiva travels to different European destinations for what always turns out to be an incredible learning experience. These activities are used to rejuvenate the spirit, as well as to create a feeling of unity among students and staff alike.
 
The Rosh yeshiva places an emphasis on the students continued connection with the Yeshiva. He is in constant contact with the alumni who have returned to the United States by email and phone, as well as group and personal meetings when he is in the States. The students continued growth even after they have left the yeshiva is extremely important to him. The learning experience in Yeshiva Aderes Hatorah is never over.
 

Ofakim

Program Description

A New Year, A New Community

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By Chris Khoury, Michigan State University student, studying abroad at the Rothberg International School – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
Rosh Hashanah. The new year. This was the first time that I observed the holiday, and being in Jerusalem made it all the more incredible. The holiday was eerily appropriate, coinciding with the start of my year-long study abroad in Jerusalem—truly the start of very new year for me.
 

American students bring Thanksgiving's message of coexistence to the Middle East

American students bring Thanksgiving's message of coexistence to the Middle East

November 21, 2011

This Thanksgiving, holiday traditions and messages are going farther than the family dinner table. 
In fact, they are going all the way to the Middle East as American young adults spending time abroad will be spreading the message of coexistence throughout diverse communities by recreating the Thanksgiving feast from their childhood. 
 
Masa Israel Journey, a project of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Government, sends more than 6,000 young Americans to Israel each year to study, intern, and volunteer, as well as spread a peaceful and harmonious message. Diverse groups of people such as Arabs, Israeli Jews, Palestinians, Europeans, and American peers are all positively affected by the introduction and blending of Thanksgiving traditions.
 
 

Yeshivat Lomdei Torah

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Program Description

Yeshivat Lomdei Torah is one of the institutions connected to the Machnovka Chassidut. The yeshiva was established in order to allow young students the opportunity to continue their studies for many years and to succeed in creating future generations of the Chassidic community who are Torah-knowledgeable. 
 
After many successful years of the yeshiva's accomplishments, the dedicated staff is benefiting from the knowledge that Torah learning continues from the early hours of the morning until late at night.
 

Beit David - Manigut Latfutzot

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Program Description

The Manhigut Latfutzot program was founded in 2006 with the goal of developing and consolidating leadership skills. In the course of the year, students participate in voluntary activities, are exposed to Israeli culture, go on trips throughout the country, and attend leadership workshops.
 
Participants are exposed to different aspects of  Israeli society,  become aware of the importance of Yiddish, and learn to appreciate the role that leadership plays in the community.
 

Midreshet Rachel v'Chaya

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Program Description

Do you want to be challenged to grow spiritually personally and intellectually in a supportive nurturing environment? At Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya you will be part of a group of educated, independent women committed to personal and spiritual growth. You will learn how to independently access Torah sources while strengthening your link to tradition.
 
The Jewish philosophy curriculum includes seminal works by the Rambam, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzatto, the Maharal Rav Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, and Rav Eliyahu Dessler, among others. Frequent in-depth seminars allow you to explore contemporary issues including the Jewish approach to sexuality, intermarriage, feminism, and mysticism.
 

Michlalah Jerusalem - Mahal Tsarfati

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Program Description

This program is operated in French.
 

Midreshet Harova

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Program Description

Midreshet Harova offers an ideal setting for mature and motivated women from Israel and around the world who wish to achieve spiritual and intellectual growth in a religious Zionist framework that combines intimate settings with the resources of a large educational institution. Its open intellectual environment, combined with a wide variety of faculty, is particularly attractive to the creative student interested in exploring a range of ideas and approaches.
 
Students participate in a full day of learning focused on chevruta study, and development of textual skills that create the necessary basis for continued learning and growth after leaving the Midrasha. Programs focusing on current events and the political situation in Israel are a regular part of the informal education program, as is an annual journey to Poland that serves as the focal point of the Midrasha’s Holocaust education program.