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Masa Israel Online Info Session March 23">Masa Israel Online Info Session March 23

Start Date: 
March 23, 2017 - 16:00
End date: 
March 23, 2017 - 17:00
City/State: 
Miami, Florida
General Text: 

~~GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE~~

Want to get back to Israel? Looking to advance your career? Ready for your next adventure? 

Join Meira, the Florida Regional Manager for Masa Israel Journey and learn about the wide variety of 2-12 month Masa programs and how to get back to Israel. 

The info session will take place Thursday, March 23 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST via an online webinar. 

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Meira will walk you through our internship, study abroad, teaching, and volunteer programs. She'll even spend some time talking about the generous grants and scholarships we offer to make getting to Israel even easier.

If you have questions about the info session or would like to speak one-on-one with Meira email her at MeiraK@MasaIsrael.org

Masa Israel Online Info Session March 22"> Masa Israel Online Info Session March 22

Start Date: 
March 22, 2017 - 13:30
End date: 
March 22, 2017 - 14:00
City/State: 
Los Angeles, California
General Text: 

~~GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE~~

Want to get back to Israel? Looking to advance your career? Ready for your next adventure? 

Join Roxy, the LA Regional Representative for Masa Israel Journey and learn about the wide variety of 2-12 month Masa programs and how to get back to Israel. 

The info session will take place Thursday, March 23 from 1:30 - 2:00 PM PST via an online webinar. 

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Roxy will walk you through our internship, study abroad, teaching, and volunteer programs. She'll even spend some time talking about the generous grants and scholarships we offer to make getting to Israel even easier.

If you have questions about the info session or would like to speak one-on-one with Roxy email her at RDonay@JewishLA.org.

Masa Israel Online Info Session March 21">Masa Israel Online Info Session March 21

Start Date: 
March 21, 2017 - 18:00
End date: 
March 21, 2017 - 18:30
City/State: 
Atlanta, Georgia
General Text: 

~~GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE~~

Want to get back to Israel? Looking to advance your career? Ready for your next adventure? 

Join Jacob, the Southern Program Coordinator for Masa Israel Journey and learn about the wide variety of 2-12 month Masa programs and how to get back to Israel. 

The info session will take place Tuesday, March 21 from 6:00 - 6:30 PM EST via an online webinar. 

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Jacob will walk you through our internship, study abroad, teaching, and volunteer programs. He'll even spend some time talking about the generous grants and scholarships we offer to make getting to Israel even easier.

If you have questions about the info session or would like to speak one-on-one with Jacob email him at JacobS@MasaIsrael.org

Masa Israel Online Info Session March 21">Masa Israel Online Info Session March 21

Start Date: 
March 21, 2017 - 16:00
End date: 
March 21, 2017 - 17:00
City/State: 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
General Text: 

~~GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE~~

Want to get back to Israel? Looking to advance your career? Ready for your next adventure? 

Join Julie, the Philly Program Coordinator for Masa Israel Journey and learn about the wide variety of 2-12 month Masa programs and how to get back to Israel. 

The info session will take place Tuesday, March 21 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST via an online webinar. 

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Julie will walk you through our internship, study abroad, teaching, and volunteer programs. She'll even spend some time talking about the generous grants and scholarships we offer to make getting to Israel even easier.

If you have questions about the info session or would like to speak one-on-one with Julie email her at JuliaS@MasaIsrael.org

Free Starbucks at University of Michigan">Free Starbucks at University of Michigan

Start Date: 
March 21, 2017 - 12:00
End date: 
March 21, 2017 - 17:00
City/State: 
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Address: 
1214 S University Ave
General Text: 

Free Starbucks for 18-30-Year-Olds at the University of Michigan!

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 21 from 11:00 AM - 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 at the University of Michigan who are interested in Heavily Subsidized Israel Experiences
What: Free Starbucks Coffee
When: Monday, March 21
Where: Starbucks 1214 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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.

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

Start Date: 
March 20, 2017 - 18:00
End date: 
March 20, 2017 - 22:00
City/State: 
Orlando, Florida
Address: 
11448 University Blvd
General Text: 

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

Start Date: 
March 20, 2017 - 12:00
End date: 
March 20, 2017 - 17:00
City/State: 
East Lansing, Michigan
Address: 
401 E Grand River Ave
General Text: 

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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The Jerusalem Report: A Surprisingly Unorthodox Education Minister?">The Jerusalem Report: A Surprisingly Unorthodox Education Minister?

Publish Date: 
March 9, 2017

By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman

 

Education Minister Naftali Bennett has pushed for smaller class sizes with more opportunities for one-on-one instruction.

 

Bennett also has shifted the focus of the English curriculum from literary to practical spoken and written English, which he believes is increasingly essential in the modern world.

 

He has explored ways to encourage Israel’s English-speaking community to become English teachers, including potential partnerships with the Association of American and Canadians in Israel.

 

“It’s easier to train an English-speaking person to teach English than a non-native English-speaker,” Bennett says.

 

In February, Masa Israel Journey and the Education Ministry announced plans to double the number of participants in the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program beginning this year. The expansion will bring 300 young professionals into classrooms across Israel to teach English as a second language.

 

Masa participants teach throughout the country, though there is a focus on the lowest performing schools which require additional support.

 

“WE KNOW that for a child entering first grade today, when that child enters the labor market in about 20 years, half of the jobs today will not exist, but [will be] replaced by new occupations,” says Bennett. “How do we prepare a child for such a world of uncertainty? We focus on skills and competencies, on initiative, teamwork, breaking the rules in an organized way – being curious, reading English – these are the skills we have to provide our kids so they can be versatile and adapt to an environment we cannot even anticipate.”

 

 

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New Push For Teaching English In Israel">New Push For Teaching English In Israel

Publish Date: 
March 8, 2017

BY AMY SARA CLARK

Masa teaching fellows program set to double as demand increases.

For a week every year, Casey Spellman gets on a plane and flies to the place she considers her second home. She grew up in Plainview, L.I., but the annual trip is to Netanya, Israel, where she taught English for 10 months in 2012-13.

“I don’t have a single family member in Israel, but all of my friends and communities that have welcomed me make it feel like family,” said Spellman, 26, who is now a pre-K assistant teacher at the Horace Mann School in Manhattan. “Every time I go back it feels like home.”

On her trips, she stays in the family home of her madricha (group leader). “There are still three teachers that every time I go back to Netanya I see,” she said, and “there are families of [former] students that invite me over.”

This opportunity to form close ties with Israelis is one of the unique aspects of the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program, which has been bringing roughly 150 20-somethings to Israel each year for the past five years to teach English in some of Israel’s lowest performing schools.

Next year, the MITF program is planning to double the number of teaching fellows to 300 to keep up with the Ministry of Education’s plan to strengthen English instruction across the country.

 

Israel needs English teachers from abroad for two reasons: the country has a growing shortage of instructors, and those that exist are, for the most part, not sufficiently fluent in the language.

In 2013, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics projected that the country would be short 5,300 English teachers by 2019, according to the Jerusalem Post. A poll the same year found that only 18 percent of English teachers in Israel spoke at the native-speaker level, according to the Times of Israel.

The Ministry of Education and MITF’s parent company, Masa Israel Journey, launched the teaching fellows program in 2011 to help fill the need. The fellows are required to live in the communities where they teach and also volunteer in those communities; both requirements are there to help the fellows integrate as much as possible into Israeli society.

“We believe that in order to really get to know the community, you have to do a few things: first you have to live in the community … and you have to interact [with the native population],” Tamar Zilbershatz, Masa Israel Journey’s director of gap and service programs, told The Jewish Week in a telephone interview from Israel.

The volunteer requirement, she added, is “also giving them the ability to express their other talents … in a different platform in the community,” such as running music workshops or ESL classes for adults.

 

Hal Halper, 28, who was a fellow in Beersheva in 2013-14 used his background in musical theater to direct a production of “The Wizard of Oz” at the elementary school. That was the first time the school had done a musical. The event was so popular that now they do one every year.

“Many of the coworkers shared with me that they had always wanted a theater program,” said Halper, who grew up in the Midwood section of Brooklyn and went to services at East Midwood Jewish Center.

Halper noted that the fellows program not only serves the function of filling teaching positions, it also helps educate students about the wider world.

“It was important for them to say, ‘Hey, there are Jews all over the world, not just in Israel.’ For fourth graders, it was something cool to grasp for them,” he said.

Both Halper and Spellman said they were struck by how warm and kind their Israeli coworkers and students were.

“I was most surprised by the loving environment. It was so welcoming right off the bat,” Halper said. “The kids were always running to you and hugging you.”

Spellman had the same experience. “We did a lot of volunteer programs, painting schools or working with children, we did hoops for kids, a basketball program for underserved communities, and every time they [Israelis] were so happy to have us, to be with us. Teaching in the schools, the same thing. I was very much respected by the other teachers and it was just so nice to be so welcomed.”

Spellman was also struck by the differences she saw between Israeli and American schools.

“Israeli schools seemed to be much more aware of what children need physically,” she said. Instead of having one long recess period, kids were given 15- to 30-minute breaks every two hours. “I thought that was much more conducive for growing children’s minds and bodies,” she said.

She also found Israeli children to be “much more upfront. Whatever they were thinking they would say to you. You really had to be ‘on’ in order to speak, and have a back and forth with them to make sure that your answers were appropriate,” she said.

She also learned how important it was to connect with the students by “being approachable and smiling and being available to children,” she said. “That sets up the relationship to grow together.”

But the most important lesson she learned was how to “moderate lesson plans depending on how the children are feeling or what they’re coming to school with emotionally or socially,” she said, “because you can have the best-laid plan in the world, but if the children are dealing with something personally, socially [or] emotionally, you need to adjust to fit them,” she said.

 

Zilbershatz and her colleagues will also need to adjust this year, because doubling the program in one year is no small feat. “We work every year to develop this program, but this year we put a lot of effort to answer the need, to bring more teachers and more fellows,” she said.

In order to enlarge the pool of potential fellows, this year Masa added a program for certified teachers. While college graduates serve as teaching assistants, often tutoring small groups of children outside of the larger classroom, the certified teachers will head their own classrooms.

But whether certified or not, fellows have a big impact on the students they teach, said Zilbershatz, especially given the large class sizes in Israel, which often exceed 30 students per class.

“It’s pretty amazing to see, they usually work with a small group of kids. It gives the little kids the opportunity to ask questions and gives our fellows the chance to really answer the question, which is not really happening in the big-sized classrooms that we have in Israel,” she said.

On one school visit, Zilbershatz asked a third-grade student why he liked working with the teaching fellow. “He said, ‘Because here in this space, I’m not afraid to make mistakes,’” Zilbershatz said. “That was really powerful because … if he will experience success, this is something that will definitely affect him, not just in the English study aspect but also in other subjects, and maybe in his social life.”

Israeli teachers, she said, say they notice “that there is a big change with the kids that work with the fellows.” This makes sense, Zilbershatz said: “They’re young, they come with a whole lot of motivation, the kids love them; they’re like celebrities in the school. It’s amazing to see how they come to school and how they really make a difference.”

 

And the program makes a difference in the fellows’ lives as well. “Teaching in a different culture really enriches your professional toolbox,” Zilbershatz said. “They are facing a completely different environment and school system. … So that requires from them different talents, different abilities.” In addition, she said, “Living in a completely different environment and culture independently is something that for sure improves and empowers them in terms of their personal, not just professional, development.”

Spellman agreed. “I would never trade the 10 months I was there for absolutely anything else,” she said. “It taught me how to be independent and take risks and do something that I love and really see out a dream that I had. And Masa Israel really gave me all those opportunities to do things that I would never else do on my own, or would think that I could do on my own.”

And, she added, “It has given me this amazing place to come back to every year and call home.”

 

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