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Hillel International: Welcoming the 2016 Masa-Hillel Fellows

Hillel International: Welcoming the 2016 Masa-Hillel Fellows

February 4, 2016

We are so excited to welcome our third cohort of Masa-Hillel Fellows. The fellowship is a six-month professional development seminar designed to prepare current Masa Israel participants for Hillel work. 

Through Hillel’s partnership with Masa, Hillel provides a Fellowship experience for current Masa participants who were at the Masa Israel Leadership Summit in November. The goal of the Masa-Hillel Fellowship is to build a talent pipeline and populate Hillel’s professional cohort with talented individuals and budding leaders who are actively exploring Israel and reinforcing their Jewish and Israel connections. Learn more about the Fellowship and the 2014 and 2015 cohort’s on our blog.

 

Meet the Masa-Hillel Fellows on the Hillel International Blog.

The Eco-Israel Experience: A Hungarian Perspective

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My name is David, I’m 18 years old and from Budapest, Hungary. I take part in a program called Eco-Israel, which is a five-month program on a sustainable community farm near the city of Modi’in. We are a group of eight “Ecos”, living and volunteering together with the local young Israelis.

 

 

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!

 

 

Living on the Land: Vegan Tu B’Shvat Recipes from Eco-Israel

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Tu B’Shvat is the Jewish new year of the trees. In Israel people get together and celebrate by eating delicious foods made with the 7 species of the season.

 

Masa Israel's Eco-Israel prgram embraces this holiday every day of the year by living on and off-of the land. Participants learn permaculture and agriculture while living sustainably on an organic farm.

 

 

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

 

C&G News: WB native teaches, and learns, in Israel

C&G News: WB native teaches, and learns, in Israel

C&G News: WB native teaches, and learns, in Israel

December 18, 2015

By Mike Koury

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Becca Garfinkel always wanted to be able to travel around the world.

Now, as part of a volunteer program, she gets to do that and help many young people in the city of Lod, Israel.

 

Garfinkel is in Lod as part of Masa Israel’s Yahel Social Change Program, which is a nine-month program that is part learning experience, part volunteer effort.

 

Through the program, Garfinkel has been teaching third- to eighth-graders English. Her students include Israelis, Russian immigrants, Ethiopian immigrants and more. She volunteers about 25 hours a week at a local school called G’nei Aviv, as well as helping community organizations.

 

Read the rest of Becca's story in C&G News!

Cleveland.Com: Monica Arkin's Career Israel Story

Cleveland.Com: Monica Arkin's Career Israel Story

December 19, 2015

By Jeff Piorkowski

 

Israel: Beachwood High School 2011 graduate Monica Arkin, 22, is currently living in Jerusalem and participating in Masa Israel's Career Israel program.

The program involves a five-month, intensive internship in which college graduates are placed for professional development.

 

Last month, Monica participated in Masa's Leadership Summit, an exclusive seminar designed in partnership with the Jewish Agency's Global Leadership Institute, for a diverse group of high-potential Masa Israel participants to develop their leadership capacity.

 

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Monica (second from left) and her friends after a color run in Israel.

 

A University of Michigan graduate, Arkin has two internships, one at Hadassah Ein Kerem, where she is working on research to address eating disorders, and the other at Israel Trauma Coalition, an organization founded after 9/11 to help people around the world in the wake of violence.

 

"My goal, as of now, is to get a PhD in clinical psychology because I like the flexibility of the clinical psych degree," Monica told me, via email. "It enables you to do both clinical work, like therapy, as well as research in a variety of different settings."

 

As for her work with the Trauma Coalition, Arkin said, "It's unfortunate that Israel has so much experience with terror and trauma, but at least Israelis can use their knowledge and share it with the rest of the world when other countries are experiencing tragedy."

 

"I admire her resilience and persistence in going to the front lines where so much trauma is occurring and doing what she can to help," said Monica's mother, Alison Arkin, of Beachwood.

 

Originally published on Cleveland.com.

Israel Lacrosse: Schwartz named head coach for EC16

Israel Lacrosse: Schwartz named head coach for EC16

Israel Lacrosse: Schwartz named head coach for EC16

December 18, 2015

ASHKELON, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association has named Jeffrey Schwartz as head coach of the Israel Men’s National Team which will compete at the 2016 ELF European Lacrosse Championships, held in Budapest, Hungary, from July 28 to August 6.

Schwartz relocated to Israel as a participant in the Masa Israel Journey program during the summer of 2015 and served as associate head coach of Haifa Lacrosse Club for the team’s inaugural campaign in the Israel Premier Lacrosse League. He was identified as a strong candidate for the national team head coaching position while helping to lead Haifa LC to an IPLL championship game appearance.

 

Continue reading Jeffrey's story on Israel Lacrosse's website

Masa Israel Alumni Fellow of the Week: Grant Kudert

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A native of the Chicago area, Grant Kudert served as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya during the 2012-2013 school year.