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Happy Hour & Info Session - Orlando, FL">Happy Hour & Info Session - Orlando, FL

March 20, 2017 - 18:00
March 20, 2017 - 22:00
Orlando, Florida
11448 University Blvd

Come drink with your friends and hear about awesome opportunities to get back to Israel or to share your Israel experiences.

Meet the Masa Israel COO, Meara Razon-Ashtivker and Get Your First Round Free!

Location: 

KNIGHT LIBRARY 
11448 UNIVERSITY BLVD | ORLANDO

MONDAY, MARCH 20 @ 6 PM

Free Starbucks at Michigan State University">Free Starbucks at Michigan State University

March 20, 2017 - 12:00
March 20, 2017 - 17:00
East Lansing, Michigan
401 E Grand River Ave

Free Starbucks for 18-30-Year-Olds in Michigan State University!

If you're a Jewish young adult, looking to build your future or get back to Israel then you'll want to stop by Starbucks to meet Amanda and grab a free cup of joe! 

Amanda, the Masa Israel Regional Manager will be hanging at Starbucks on Monday, March 20 from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM to answer all your Israel questions. 

If you're interested in doing something different with your life or career, you dont won't want to miss out on the heavily stipend Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, Israel Tech Challenge, scholarships for internships plus graduate school in Israel. 

Email: Amanda at AmandaMonto@JUF.org if interested or just stop by!

Who: Jewish Young Adults in Michigan State University who are interested in Heavily Subsidized Israel Experiences
What: Free Starbucks Coffee
When: Monday, March 20
Where: Starbucks 401 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823
Time: 12:00 pM - 5:00 PM


Masa Israel is home to the widest variety of immersive, international experiences for Jewish young adults (18-30). Find the right study abroad, internship, service learning, or Jewish studies program to help you grow—as a person, a professional, and a leader— while also developing a robust global professional network that includes Israelis and Jews from around the world.

6 Things I Learned When I Quit My Job And Moved To Israel">6 Things I Learned When I Quit My Job And Moved To Israel

Publish Date: 
March 9, 2017

By Andria Aylyarov

 

...if you’re one of those people who thinks adulting is lame, but that quitting a full-time job to become an intern is insane, yet you still find yourself envious of those willing to give everything up, keep reading....

If you swiped through my Instagram to February 2015ish, or browse that far back on my Facebook page, you’d probably think, “damn, this girl had the time of her life.” In the year or so following my college graduation in December 2013 I got a full time job, quit that full time job, packed a backpack, moved to beautiful Tel Aviv and became an intern all over again.

 

Kind of sounds like taking a step back in life, right? Well sort of. I prefer to think of it as pressing the restart button.

 

At the time, I was working at a publishing company underneath a very thick glass ceiling, dabbling in freelance work on the side and simply going through the motions of life. Then it hit me, was I supposed to stay crammed in a dingy office for the rest of my life, hoping the right career path would fall into my lap? No, I was not. So, I decided to say “Yalla, bye” to this adult version of Andria and find a new one.

 

Many adults in my life, especially my parents and former bosses, likely said I was trying to escape adulthood. Trading my grown-up responsibilities for hummus, white sand and the nonstop nightlife of Tel Aviv. And, to a certain extent they were right: I was escaping a form adulthood — that of a Jewish American 20-something — and trading it to become an adult abroad, in Israel.

 

So, if you’re one of those people who thinks adulting is lame, but that quitting a full-time job to become an intern is insane, yet you still find yourself envious of those willing to give everything up, keep reading.

 

Here are six ways I became a responsible adult by traveling abroad:

 

 

1. Learning to Take Charge — Startup Nation Style

 

There’s no point in complaining about something if you don’t have the chutzpah to fix it. While I’d only worked for a year, I was in desperate need of a career change. So, participating in a Masa internship program in Israel wasn’t so far-fetched for me. Additionally, the concept of an intern is still quite new to Israel because Masa practically introduced it to the Israeli market. Whereas interns in the U.S. tend to be college students who need to build their resumes, interns in Israel tend to be college-educated young professionals from around the world.

When I showed up for my first day at WMN, Israel’s first all-female accelerator, the founder handed me the keys to the place and declared me acting manager. Although most of the participating startups worked in Hebrew, I had no choice but to figure out ways to communicate with their founders and employees to help them get the necessary resources to set them up for success. Everyone treated as an equal and a team member. I was given my own projects from the get-go and was responsible for measuring my own success (or failure).

 

2. Living in a New Country - And All that Comes With

 

Although I’d been to Israel many times before I went on Masa, this time was different. I lived like a local and experienced the country on new terms. Living in a new country is no small task, there’s no one there to hold your hand, there’s a language barrier and a cultural barrier. After a few months I could effortlessly hop on and off the bus, adapt to the culture and communicate with peers from around the world; I knew something in me had changed for the better. I felt accomplished knowing I adapted and grew my professional network in such a short time.

 

3. Dealing with the Emotions of Missing Family Events

 

For me, the hardest part of the experience was leaving my boyfriend at the time (and now husband) and missing my grandmother’s 90th birthday, as well as our ever-entertaining family Passover Seders. Still, there’s something beautiful about building new friendships and creating a home away from home. Plus, you know what they say, ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder.’ Being home away from home allowed my relationships back in the States to grow stronger and my new ones in Israel to flourish. Most importantly, I expanded my family in Israel and reconnected with distant cousins and shared holidays with them – now we’re like BFFs.

 

4. Experiencing Real Community

 

In Israel, whether you’re at work, on the beach, hiking in the Negev or hanging in the park, everyone treats each other (including strangers) like friends and family. I cannot even count how many times I found myself sitting in the park near my apartment in Tel Aviv and women just handed me their kids for a second, or asked me to watch their baby as they helped their other child(ren). It was at this point that I knew wherever I would live next, I wanted it to be a community like the one I experienced in Israel; I wanted to live in a place where strangers can count on one another.

 

5. The Israeli Work Ethic

 

Do these people ever stop working? The answer is no. Just when your work day ends at 5 PM in the U.S., another 10 startups are probably founded in Israel. One thing you learn when you intern or study in Israel is what it takes to get things done. If you have a new idea to propose or a goal you want to accomplish - this is the place that can help you make it happen.

I went to Israel with the goals of gaining knowledge of and experience in startups and analytics, and that’s exactly what I did. From the second my internship began, I was swimming in learning opportunities that ultimately allowed me to seamlessly transition back to the professional world in the U.S., and I have the jobs on my resume to prove it. 

 

6. Embracing Adulthood

 

By pressing reset, leaving everything I knew, quitting my job, becoming an intern (again), and spending time in Israel, I realized that adulting isn’t so bad. I finally had the opportunity to find my passions and figure out what motivates me. In Israel, it’s totally cool and even expected to make mistakes, because you’ll also figure out solutions. Living and immersing myself in a society that so fully embraces this mentality changed my professional and personal life. While adulting isn’t always easy, my time in Israel taught me how to not only find solutions to my problems, but to find the solutions that work best for me because being an adult is all about taking responsibility For your actions, yourself, and your personal well-being.

 

 

Now, nearly two years later, I know that trading one adult life for another was the best decision I’ve ever made. I spent six months discovering who I was as a person, a partner and an employee, in Israel.

 

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Destination Israel: Career Growth

Program Description

  • Main Subject: Professional Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Business, Communications/Media, Computer Science, Engineering, Hospitality/Tourism, Science 
  • Duration:
  • 4.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-30 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Israel Way - Eductional Initiatives 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Destination Israel: Career Growth 
  • Price:
  • $ 6190 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Ofir Teva 
  • (p):1-888-351-9897 
  • info@destinationisrael.com 
  • Program Dates:
  • January 29,2017 - June 11,2017

Bereshit

Program Description

  • Main Subject: Professional Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Environmentalism 
  • Duration:
  • 9 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-30 
  • Language:
  • French 
  • Organizer:
  • Sachlav Educational Experience 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Bereshit 
  • Price:
  • $ 15000 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Nathan Ben Elbaz 
  • nathanbenelbaz@gmail.com 
  • www.bereshit-israel.com 
  • Program Dates:
  • November 01,2016 - July 31,2017

Masa Formation Universite d'Ariel

Program Description

  • Main Subject: Professional Studies
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  •  
  • Duration:
  • 10 Months 
  • Age:
  • 20-30 
  • Language:
  • French, Hebrew 
  • Organizer:
  • Ariel University 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Masa Formation Universite d'Ariel 
  • Price:
  • $ 10900 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Shmouel Boukobza 
  • masa-formation-ariel@ariel.ac.il 
  • www.ariel.ac.il/masa 
  • Program Dates:
  • October 01,2016 - July 30,2017

Ganim- Programme d'auxilaire de puericulture dans les jardins d'efants

Program Description

  • Main Subject: Professional Studies
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  •  
  • Keywords:
  • Education 
  • Duration:
  • 8 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-30 
  • Language:
  • French 
  • Organizer:
  • Oranim Academic College of Education 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Ganim- Programme d'auxilaire de puericulture dans les jardins d'efants 
  • Price:
  • $ 8798 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Florence Waxshtuk 
  • (p):972 4 983 8952 
  • florencewax@gmail.com 
  • Program Dates:
  • November 06,2016 - July 06,2017

Forma'Sion Compuskills

Program Description

  • Main Subject: Professional Studies
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  •  
  • Duration:
  • 8 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-30 
  • Language:
  • French 
  • Organizer:
  • Mesilot Mercaz Chinuchi Yerushalayim 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Forma'Sion Compuskills 
  • Price:
  • $ 165010 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Gadiella Enriquez 
  • (p):972 2 654 1268 
  • info@compuskills.org 
  • www.compuskills.net 
  • Program Dates:
  • November 01,2016 - June 29,2017

Haifa University - MA in Child Development

Program Description

  • Main Subject: Graduate Academic Studies
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  •  
  • Keywords:
  • Healthcare / Medicine, Psychology 
  • Duration:
  • 10 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-30 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • University Of Haifa - International School 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Haifa University - MA in Child Development 
  • Price:
  • $ 14280 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Tzameret Zohar 
  • (p):972 4 828 0420 
  • infograd@univ.haifa.ac.il 
  • Program Dates:
  • October 30,2016 - September 01,2017

Betar - Matok

Program Description

  • Main Subject: Professional Studies
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  •  
  • Keywords:
  • Culinary 
  • Duration:
  • 5, 6 Months 
  • Age:
  • 18-30 
  • Language:
  • French 
  • Organizer:
  • World Betar 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Betar - Matok 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Myriam Perez 
  • myriam@betar.org.il 
  • Program Dates:
  • October 30,2016 - March 30,2017, TEL AVIV - YAFO, $8500
  • October 22,2017 - April 25,2018, TEL AVIV - YAFO, $13000
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