The Jerusalem Post: 4,000 Jews gather to celebrate Masa opening

The Jerusalem Post: 4,000 Jews gather to celebrate Masa opening

The Jerusalem Post: 4,000 Jews gather to celebrate Masa opening

October 27, 2015

By Josh Dell


An electric atmosphere filled Jerusalem's Pais Arena Monday night, as some 4,000 participants from Masa programs across Israel celebrated the launching of the organization’s new year of activities at the annual MyMasa Event, which included an address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a performance by Ivri Lider. 

The prime minster commented that, “You know that you’re here because something very special is happening here, because you are the Jewish leaders of tomorrow, and we appreciate the fact that you are giving yourself a wonderful opportunity not just to help, but to learn.”


Since 2004, more than 100,000 people from all over the world have taken part in Masa programs, ranging from volunteering to studying and interning at companies and institutions throughout Israel.


At the core of Masa’s success has been its ability to reach out to the Jewish Diaspora. Its 12,000 participants taking part in programs this year alone come from France, South Africa, the US, Latin America, and CIS nations.


One is Yevgeniya Ivanova, 23, from Odessa, Ukraine, who is taking part in a 10-month Masa program organized by the group Real Life Israel.


She is spending five months learning Hebrew in an ulpan in Jerusalem and five months interning in Tel Aviv. She reports that Masa allows her “to gain work experience and find out about my heritage, as well as gaining life experience that I’ll only get here.”


Alon Gamzu, CEO of the Tel Aviv-based tech start-up Roundforest, praised Masa interns’ impact on his company’s development, noting how “Masa has played a big part in our journey. Being based in Israel can be a challenge in our industry. Masa interns from the US help us to better understand and engage with our target users.”


Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky told the gathering: “You should remember every moment of our life here.


You should remember how you enjoyed this great atmosphere.


You should remember how you enjoyed life in this proud, democratic, Jewish state.” He looked to the crowd and told them, “You are our ambassadors.”


Masa CEO Liran Avisar commended the tenacity of the current tranche of Masa participants, noting that “these days it makes it even more special to have this event in the heart of Jerusalem. We don’t have participants who’ve left since what happened security-wise, and it feels good that so many registered and so many are coming.”



Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.

Israel Hayom: Masa brings record 12,000 Jews to Israel this year

Israel Hayom: Masa brings record 12,000 Jews to Israel this year

Israel Hayom: Masa brings record 12,000 Jews to Israel this year

October 26, 2015

By Yori Yalon


This year has seen a dramatic 63% increase in the number of Masa participants from South Africa. The number of participants from Latin America is also continuing its upward trend of recent years.

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Introducing: The 2015-2016 Masa Israel Alumni Fellows

<div class="masa-blog-title">Introducing: The 2015-2016 Masa Israel Alumni Fellows</div>

The Masa Israel Alumni Fellowship is an opportunity for a select few outstanding alumni to represent Masa Israel Journey in their home communities and on a national level.

This exclusive program provides Fellows with unmatched leadership training as well as opportunities for personal and professional development and networking with Jewish communal leaders.

Each fellow will attend the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (GA), as well as his or her choice of a major national Jewish conference. Through these events and exclusive shabbatonim, the Masa Israel Alumni Fellowship creates a community of practice and the future leadership of the Masa Israel Alumni Community.

Over the course of the next year, each Fellow will create and implement a unique impact project in order to increase alumni involvement or help recruit new participants to Masa Israel programs in his or her community.

Stay tuned over the next few months, as we highlight an Alumni Fellow every week.

Here are this year’s Masa Israel Alumni Fellows:


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Amy Albertson


Golden Leaves Institute

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Yeshivat Nahalat Binyamin

Program Description

What Can You Do With Your Etrog After Sukkot?

<div class="masa-blog-title">What Can You Do With Your Etrog After Sukkot?</div>

The etrog, also known as the citron, is one of four plants mentioned in the Torah in association with Sukkot, or the Feast of the Tabernacles.

But, what can you do with your etrog after Sukkot, when it’s fulfilled its ceremonial purpose? Why, you can eat it, of course!

Here are four of the tastiest recipes that we came across for repurposing your etrog:

1. Candied Etrog


What’s Different About Yom Kippur in Israel?

<div class="masa-blog-title">What’s Different About Yom Kippur in Israel?</div>

There’s nothing quite like the High Holidays – or, as the locals call them, the chagim – in Israel.


Generally considered the most important holiday of the year, Yom Kippur is a particularly unique day to spend in Israel. Here are just four ways in which Yom Kippur is different in Israel:


1. The Country Practically Shuts Down


We Only Have Two Words For You

We Only Have Two Words For You

September 9, 2015

The entire Masa Israel global community wishes you a שנה טובה - Shana Tova  - Happy New Year!

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