Masa Israel Alumni Descend On D.C.

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By Taylor King, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Netanya

 

It’s hard to find an organization that is so dedicated to the people it serves.

 

And, like several of my posts have done in the past, I must give credit for an organization that has given me more than I have ever deserved: Masa Israel Journey.

 

 

Top 5 Father’s Day Gifts to Bring Home from Israel

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As programs wind down and Masa Israel participants prepare to head home, here are a few ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts to pick up before heading to the airport:

 

1. A cheesy tourist t-shirt

 

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A Leap of Faith: How Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Changed My Life

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By Jennifer Blitz, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Petach Tikvah alumna

 

If it wasn’t for a doting mother looking for a pair of board shorts for her son, the extent of my Hebrew knowledge might still be “Shalom.” 

 

Stacey Abendstern

 

Top Israel Interns - Russian Speakers Program

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This program is conducted in Russian.

From Baltimore to Rishon LeZion: A Masa Israel Teaching Fellow's Journey

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Growing up in Baltimore, Blake Yospa, 26, felt connected to Judaism through the Reform synagogue where his mother worked and he attended Hebrew school. However, after his ar mitzvah, Blake grew less affiliated.

 

"Being part of a religious minority, I considered myself an outcast,” Blake explains.

 

 

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How MITF Alumnae Landed Their Teaching Jobs

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Whether you’re looking for professional development or a resume boost, take it from these four Masa Israel Teaching Fellows alumnae - teaching English in Israel can help you land your dream job in education!

 

Carlie Dobkin -Israel Way Intern Tel Aviv

Carlie Dobkin -Israel Way Intern Tel Aviv

Israel Way-Internship Tel Aviv

 After graduating from college a year early, Carlie Dobkin was looking for something different to do while all her friends were still in school. She found Masa Israel's internship program though Destination Israel and decided to leave her hometown of Chicago for this unique experience that she hoped would be a great transition into the working world as well as an opportunity to go abroad.

Playbuzz is an online media platform that creates entertaining and shareable content. They engage users all over the world with funny quizzes, lists, polls, and more. Being a content writer, Carlie is the person who creates those quizzes and lists.

Playbuzz treats Carlie as a valuable employee and she loves that if she has an idea she has the independence to run with it without asking permission from her supervisor beforehand.

"At Playbuzz, I always feel appreciated and challenged. I am constantly busy and I'm always doing real work for the company. I don't feel like an intern, I feel like an employee," Carlie says.

Halfway through the internship, Carlie has already started looking into ideas for next year. She applied to several online media jobs in the states as well as graduate programs in fine arts and screenwriting. Of course, Carlie hopes she can continue freelancing for Playbuzz from the US.

When summing up her invaluable experience, Carlie says "I've been in Illinois all my life. I grew up in the suburbs and then went to Northwestern for school. I've never been far from home. This was a brave thing for me to do and I am happy with my decision. I've met AMAZING friends here that I hope to keep for a long time. Living abroad is something everyone should do once in their lives. It teaches us to be independent and also immerses us in a totally different culture. Israel is a really cool place, Tel Aviv specifically. The weather is awesome, the outdoor fitness is wonderful, and the food is the best. I know when I get back; I will never be able to eat Sabra hummus again!! "

 

Tamar Brendzel-MITF

Tamar Brendzel-MITF

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows

Growing up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it is understandable how Tamar Brendzel, 24, can have a hard time with the “sabra” nature of Israelis. It’s a far cry from the “Minnesota nice” nature of the community she grew up in. However, the ups and downs she faces during her year in Israel are all part of the experience that has had a huge impact on her life.

Tamar grew up attending synagogue and Hebrew school, but it was her Taglit-Birthright trip, during her freshman year of college, that exposed her to Masa and the idea of spending an extended period of time in Israel. This Indiana University Bloomington biology major was inspired. Her parents both lived in Israel for a year after college and their connection to Israel motivated her to find her own connection, leading her to choose the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program. Her interest in serving neglected communities in Israel by encouraging education made the MITF Rechovot program a perfect fit for her.

Tamar works at Sinai Elementary School, a religious school with a primarily Ethiopian and Yemenite student population, teaching English to grades fourth through sixth. Many of her students come from low socio-economic status. Along with her teaching and biweekly Ulpan classes, she volunteers once a week at a Matnas (community center) in Rehovot.

            Tamar feels that one of my most important jobs as an English teacher is to show the students that she values them and is rooting for their success. Many of her students do not get this level of love and support at home. Her biggest successes have been getting disengaged students to reengage by showing them how fun and important English can be through songs, plays, and games. Something that gives Tamar hope is that even with all the problems her students face, both in school and in Israeli society, they are smart, fun, resilient, and loving and she believes they can be successful in the future.

            Currently, Tamar is searching for a job in the science and education fields. Even though the year is coming to an end, Tamar is thankful for everything she has learned, the amazing friends she has made, and the unique and meaningful experience that will last her a lifetime.