Bnos Sarah

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Program Description

The Bnos Sarah Seminary is a one-year teacher’s training program for recent English-speaking Bais Yaakov high school graduates with a strong level of adherence to Halacha and religious observance.
 
Students at Bnos Sarah are high academic achievers, with a GPA higher than 86 percent, and come from mostly North America and Europe. Eighty percent of classes are taught in Hebrew with an emphasis on building grammatical skills and vocabulary. Personal sessions with staff maybe led in the language of choice.
 

Midreshet Tehillah

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Program Description

Midreshet Tehillah is an academically-focused seminary program for recent high school graduates whose curriculum centers on deep, text-based learning of Hashkafa, Tanach, and Halacha. Its unique combination of concentrated studies and limited class size results in a highly integrated group of students and faculty who have a remarkable excitement about learning.
 
Students typically come from Yeshiva High Schools or Beit Yaakovs such as Bruriah, Manhattan, TAG, Hanna Saks, and Hasmonean. After graduation, students generally attend Stern, Touro, or other colleges, universities, abd college credit programs.
 

Neve Yerushalayim - General Jewish Studies

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Program Description

Neve School of General Jewish Studies is designed for women who wish to increase their Jewish knowledge, improve their learning skills, and enhance their spiritual growth. For those with a limited Jewish studies background, Neve provides the basic knowledge necessary to lead a true and meaningful Jewish life.
 
For those with a more extensive background, Neve affords the opportunity to acquire an in-depth knowledge of Jewish texts, a much greater understanding of the Jewish faith, and the skills necessary for independent Torah study. The comprehensive curriculum includes biblical studies, Jewish philosophy, Jewish law, prayer, Jewish history and Hebrew language. Courses in morals ethics and psychology are directed to the needs of the students as women and Jews.
 

Machon Meir - Foreign Languages Speakers Program

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Program Description

An exciting opportunity for you to study Judaism and Hebrew in a truly Zionist environment, the Machon Meir English Department caters to newcomers with little previous Jewish studies background, as well as students with more advanced skills. We provide Jewish studies in the morning, followed by Hebrew Ulpan studies in the afternoon.
 
At Machon Meir, you will have the opportunity to be immersed in an Israeli environment, while still studying in English. Regularly scheduled trips are an integral part of the program, to enable you to get to know the Land of Israel up close and develop a true love for the land and the people of Israel. Room, board and Ulpan studies are all located on our beautiful campus in Kiryat Moshe, Jerusalem, just minutes from downtown Jerusalem.
 

Nerlitz

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Program Description

In 1983, Nerlitz was founded to give French-speaking women of University age the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Judaism, gain pride in their Jewish identity, and strengthen their ties to Israel and  Jewish people. During their year in Jerusalem, the students study Torah, Jewish Philosophy and Ethics, Laws and Customs, and Jewish History with emphasis on the modern era. They also gain competence in spoken Hebrew through their Ulpan studies.
 
Nerlitz is located on the beautifully landscaped Neve Yerushalayim campus. Students are housed in a campus dormitory and three freshly cooked meals are provided daily by Neve’s dining facility. The atmosphere both in and out of the classroom is warm and caring. The school is under the devoted guidance of Rabbi & Mrs. Moshe Ackermann, experienced French educators.
 

Aish Intermediate

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Program Description

In Aish HaTorah, our goal is to provide you with a nurturing and challenging environment that will enrich your life and bring out your potential. We are dedicated to help you discover for yourself a deep appreciation of God, Judaism and the Jewish people. We are committed to provide you with the knowledge, experience, inspiration, tools and support that will enable you to independently continue learning, growing and achieving greatness for the rest of your life.
 
Students identify with their Jewish heritage by engaging in Israeli society and participating in many exciting trips exploring our holy and historic land. Through our Chesed program, students participate in various acts of kindness on behalf of Israel’s needy and victims of terror. They experience first-hand the fulfillment and pleasure that comes with selflessly giving to others and taking responsibility for the Jewish people.
 

Israel Trip Alums To Get New Outreach

Israel Trip Alums To Get New Outreach

September 27, 2011

Dina Silberstein, 28, never knew how to make a place for herself in the Jewish community, or even why she would want to.
Yet last Sunday she found herself scribbling her signature all over a sign-up sheet, signaling her interest in not one community organization, but five.
 
Two trips to Israel — one with Taglit-Birthright and the other with Masa — made the difference, Silberstein said, motivating her to give up a gorgeous autumn afternoon and attend the launch of the alumni division of Masa, the umbrella organization for some 160 Israel programs of five months or longer duration.
 
With the jury still out on whether outreach to alumni of Israel programs actually works, both organizations are embarking on new, or renewed, efforts to connect participants like Silberstein to the broader Jewish community.
 
“Birthright and Masa are a powerful injection of Judaism and Israel, and if we don’t create ways for alumni to express their passion, and their interest in being leaders, then we’re not really leveraging the investment we made in them,” said Avi Rubel, Masa’s director of North American operations.
 

Masa alumni channeled to Jewish activism

Masa alumni channeled to Jewish activism

September 25, 2011

With 11,000 participants this year, Masa Israel Journey opens new alumni division aimed at pipelining Jewish young adults into leadership positions in their communities, empowering them to become lifelong advocates for Israel
With 11,000 participants this year – up from 3,000 in its inception year in 2004 – Masa Israel Journey has opened a new alumni division, and it has placed regional representatives in cities throughout the United States in partnership with local Federations.
 
The alumni division's goals, which include a special focus on Birthright alumni, who make up 56% of post-college participants, are to pipeline these Jewish young adults into leadership positions in their communities and empower them to become lifelong advocates and activists for Israel.
 
These goals were created following a June 2011 survey of Masa Israel alumni in which 86% of those surveyed expressed interest in attending Jewish and Israel-related events, 82% in advocating for Israel, 81% in volunteering in a Jewish organization, and 59% in working in a Jewish organization.
 
To kick off the division's initiatives, Masa Israel is hosting an alumni leadership summit on Sunday in New York City, which will educate alumni about making their Israel experiences foundations for success in their personal and professional lives.
 
The event will feature a panel of professionally accomplished alumni who will speak about how their Israel experiences helped them launch careers at diverse companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Teach for America, American Jewish Committee, and the New York Post.
 

Celebrate like a local: festivals during Sukkot 2011

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Growing up, you might have celebrated Sukkot by going to your family, friends’, or synagogue’s sukkah, shaking the lulav and etrog, and eating outside under the stars. But if you are spending this Sukkot in Israel, there’s no reason to stay confined to your backyard—use the whole country as your sukkah!
 

Seven unique ways to spend the chagim in Israel

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Every time we ask alumni of Masa Israel programs what the best part of their semester or year was in Israel, the same things are repeated over and over: freedom to explore Israel on their own, Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) and the other national holidays in the spring, and thechagim—the High Holidays.
 
It’s no wonder.