Noam Shabo

Noam Shabo

Director of Information systems

Yehudit Werchow

Yehudit Werchow

Director of Education

HuffPost Gay Voices: How This Jewish Couple Balances Their Queer Identity With Faith

HuffPost Gay Voices: How This Jewish Couple Balances Their Queer Identity With Faith

HuffPost Gay Voices: How This Jewish Couple Balances Their Queer Identity With Faith

July 31, 2015

By Curits M. Wong


"Appropriately enough, the couple, who tied the knot last year, first met while pursuing volunteer opportunities as part of Masa Israel Journey, which is focused on providing young adults with work and study programs in Israel."

Read the rest of Jessica and Emet's story on HuffPost Gay Voices.

Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Camels

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After arriving in Asheklon in September 2009, Allison Wolkin Samis and Max Samis met during the Hebrew immersion placement exam for their Masa Israel Journey volunteer experience. Neither of the two strangers knew much Hebrew. They didn’t even have to wait for their test results to find out that they were placed in kita aleph, the beginners’ class.


Lost and Found in Israel: A Love Story

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Benjamin Winik and Samantha Sisisky in Tel Aviv


Just weeks into her Masa Israel Journey, Samantha Sisisky, 25, found herself lost in a new city in a new country. Little did she know she was about to find her future husband, Ben Winik, 24.



Three Countries, One Love

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Jessica Band and Jonathan Gerafi in northern Israel



Top 10 Internships in Israel

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No matter what industry you're interested in, Masa Israel has an internship for you. We recently revamped our internship listings, and finding the right opportunity has never been easier. Here are a few of our favorites, which are as exciting as they are impressive.



You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

July 15, 2015

For the first time ever, Masa Israel Journey and its alumni communities across North America have coordinated efforts to hold a series of Shalom U’Lehitraot (Hello and Goodbye) Parties across the country this summer. Each community has taken it upon itself to bring together alumni, recent returnees and future Masa Israel Journey participants. 

As recent returnees say hello, they can expect a warm welcome into a local network of Jewish young adults, united by their shared Masa Israel experiences. Alumni will be happy to share their advice for successful transition back into life stateside. Additionally, Masa Israel’s alumni communities help connect alumni to local and national opportunities to strengthen their connections to Israel and to deepen their involvement in Jewish life.

While future participants say goodbye before heading to Israel, they will have the opportunity to answer all of their last minute questions and get the local scoop from Masa Israel alumni who lived it like a local before them.

Meanwhile, veteran Masa Israel alumni will reunite to catch up, reminisce about Israel and find out about the exciting local and national opportunities that the Masa Israel alumni community has in store for the coming year.


Be sure to RSVP for your local Shalom U’Lehitraot Party:
Boston – Sunday, July 19
Chicago – Sunday, July 19
Toronto – Sunday, July 19
Los Angeles – Thursday, July 30
New York Tri State Area – Thursday, July 30
Washington DC – Thursday, July 30
Twin Cities – Thursday, August 6
Miami – Sunday, August 16
Baltimore - TBD


For all the latest Masa Israel alumni community updates, join our LinkedIn Group and Like us on Facebook.

5 Amazing Tel Aviv Non-Profits to Intern At

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A non-profit internship in Tel Aviv is a great way to make a difference in the community while making your resume stand out. In Israel, you won't just be an admin - you'll have real responsbility and real results to impress potential employers.



Interning in Tel Aviv and the Many Adventures Along the Way

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By Tanya Loss, Destination Israel


If you had asked me years ago where I saw myself in the future, I would have never thought my answer would be Israel.