Meara Razon Ashtivker

Alex Elman

Alex Elman

Director, Marketing and Communications
 

Special Project

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Program Description

Note: Financial aid for participants in this program is depended upon approval of the program from the Israeli government's conflict of interests committee.

Masa Israel Alumni Fellow of the Week: Amy Altchuler

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Amy Altchuler is originally from Rochester, Minnesota, but now calls Houston, Texas home. After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering from Rice University, she moved to Israel to be a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Be'er Sheva.


While in Israel she taught at a low-income school, and spent time every week with a Holocaust survivor.

 

Detroit Jewish News: Israel Fellowship

Detroit Jewish News: Israel Fellowship

February 18, 2016

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Ashdod alumnus (2013-2014) and Detroit-area native, Josh Finn wrote a great piece for Detroit Jewish News about his MITF experience and how it's helped him continue his journey to becoming an American Sign Language interpreter.

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

February 22, 2016

Welcome to the Masa Israel family, Meara Razon Ashtivker

Meara joins us from the hi-tech sector, where she  served as C.O.O. at Boomset, an innovative event-tech company, managing sales and marketing and spearheading global partnerships. Prior to joining Boomset, Meara held the position of V.P. of community outreach for Jspace.com where she created and executed a marketing plan, as well as planned and produced mass-attended events.

 

True to our mission, Meara has lived it like a local,  having spent significant time living, working and studying in Israel. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Hartford, she was selected to participate in the Otzma program. In the years following, she moved to Miami to work with Young Judaea and returned to Israel to work for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Meara received an M.A. in non-profit management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem while working for Beit Hatfutsot.

 

Meara served as the board chair for Dor Chadash and sat on the board of directors of the American Zionist Movement and the Moatza in New York.

 

In her new position as Masa Israel’s North American COO, where she will be managing the national recruitment and marketing efforts in the US.

She plans on expanding her vast global and local partner network, industry insight and international know-how to continue to bring an increasing number of young Jews to Israel in order to impact the futures of both.

 

We wish her, and us, much success! Welcome to the Masa Israel family, Meara.

Texas Jewish Post: Arlington-born Unger teaching Israeli kids English

Texas Jewish Post: Arlington-born Unger teaching Israeli kids English

February 18, 2016

By Ben Tinsley

 

In a place very far removed from his hometown of Arlington, native Texan Max Unger teaches English to Israeli children in Ramle-Lod through Masa Israel’s Teaching Fellows program.

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Max Unger, a 26-year-old Texas-Arlington graduate, tutors underprivileged students in Ramle-Lod.

 

The 26-year-old University of Texas at Arlington graduate said this is an incredibly rewarding experience.


“It’s great because I feel like I’m making a difference — sharing a gift,” Unger said during a recent telephone interview from Israel. “English is the unofficial language of business and it is very important to speak it. Many Israelis want to speak English. I mean, I’m not solving world hunger or anything but this is a gift, a tiny gift. The kids where I teach don’t get that much exposure to languages.”

 

Read the rest of Max's Story in the Texas Jewish Post.

JTA: Nevada Jewish vote in question due to Shabbat date, caucus confusion

JTA: Nevada Jewish vote in question due to Shabbat date, caucus confusion

February 16, 2016

By Ron Kampeas

 

LAS VEGAS (JTA) – Jewish voters in Nevada suffer the same affliction as anyone else ahead of caucuses in the presidential race: No one is quite sure how the damn system works.

“A big part of what we do is to educate people about what a caucus is,” said Joel Wanger, the point man for the Hillary Clinton campaign in this city’s Jewish community.

 

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Joel Wanger, a Nevada regional organizing director for the Hillary Clinton campaign, in a Las Vegas suburban office. (Ron Kampeas)

 

The Democratic caucus takes place on Saturday — a problem for Sabbath-observing Jews. Orthodox groups, including the Orthodox Union, have registered complaints. Republicans will hold their caucus on the following Tuesday.

 

Wanger, who is also the Clinton campaign’s regional organizational director, enumerated the questions he encounters: “What is a caucus? How does it work? Will Hillary be there? Does it cost any money?”

 

This is how it works for Democrats: Party voters meet and talk until a majority in the room is ready to elect delegates to a county convention. The presidential candidate who accrues the most delegates is the winner.

 

Clinton may turn up at one or two caucuses. One need not pay to vote, one has only to register with the party – allowed even on the day of the caucus.

 

Wanger said he gets those questions at get-togethers targeting Latinos, blacks or Jews. For the Jews, Wanger, who has been in the state since last summer and who is an alumnus of the Israel Government Fellows program, has organized Sukkot parties and run an explanatory session at the Adelson Educational Campus, a Jewish school. Students who will be 18 by November are eligible to vote in the caucuses. Wanger says he’s probably reached 300 Jewish voters.

 

 

Read the rest of the story on the JTA website.

Masa Israel Alumni Fellow of the Week: Andria Kaplan

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Andria Kaplan was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron in 2013. For much of her adult life, she’s had one thing on her mind: sharing the light of Israel.

 

 

Test your Presidential Knowledge

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In honor of Presidents' Day, we're challenging you to see how much you know about U.S. and Israeli Presidents: