From Denver to Akko: Living conservation on Saving the Stones

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By Alison Goren, Saving the Stones
 
Window dressings, throw pillows, handmade kiln dried Italian leather chaise, and the latest Kravet fabric trimmings.  While studying interior architecture in Denver, Colorado, these were the things my classmates were most interested in. I, on the other hand, found my attention captured by sustainable design practices and their focus on adaptive reuse of historic structures.
 
 

ART-TEL-Internship (Milhauz)

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Program Description

A five month long program of the Milhauz educational centre offers an internship in Israeli companies in the center of the country to the young specialists. Thanks to the many years of experience of the Milhauz’s work in the fields of the creative industry and the cooperation with various organizations we are able to build a maximally entertaining and effective internship program for you, with internships in Israeli architectural bureaus and hi-tech companies in the fields of design (interior, graphic and computer), jewelry craft, programming, new media, and more.
 
Participants live in comfortable apartments in the center of Ramat Gan , with convenient transport nearby (it takes only 20 minutes on a bike to get to the beach).
 
The program includes studying Hebrew, excursion tours and general studies within the framework of exploring Israel including educational sessions, workshops, lectures and seminaries, organized within the framework of the of the educational center Milhauz current activities.
 

Highlights

Living and studying in the economic and cultural centre of Israel.
Be in the middle of the action, with easy and comfortably travel to any part of Israel while combining studying, working and recreation on a daily basis.
 
Independence.
Live in spacious, furnished, 3-4 room, fully applianced apartments will allow you to fully enjoy the experience of an independent life in Tel Aviv.
 
Professional relevance.
The internship on the program will enable you to make a valuable experience of working in a foreign company, participate in fascinating projects which in their turn will make an excellent complement to your resume and the overall career.
 
This program is for anyone who would like to receive new knowledge in their professional area, who would like to obtain the experience of working in a foreign company and make professional contacts, who would like to start their acquaintance with the country via professional practice and who would like to get a notion and impressions of Israel both practically and theoretically.
 

Art- Tel 10 Months

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Program Description

A modular 10 month long program held in the very centre of Israel in the town of Ramat Gan (Tel-Aviv) is a unique opportunity to build your own route in Israel for the period of 10 months. We offer you to choose two five month long specializations, proposed by our program which you can combine or duplicate in accordance to your wishes. The courses of the program can be either educational or it can be an internship.
 
Internship takes place in the Israeli companies in the field of architecture, interior design, graphic design, jewelry craft, programming, newmedia, etc. Studying Hebrew – on the first month of the program.
 
Educational specializations:
  • Hebrew language as culture.
  • Architecture & urban design.
  • Art & Photography.
  • New media & the World of Programming.

All the educational specializations include an intensive course of Hebrew for the whole period of the program (individual approach, level derived groups, 700 hours within 10 months), specialized courses, lectures on Jewish-Israeli culture, themed tours, seminaries, master classes, meetings with the Israeli youth and the Israeli culture and politics representatives. The program’s participants live in comfortable apartments in the centre of Ramat Gan town, there is a convenient transport hub nearby and it takes only 20 minutes on a bike to arrive at the seaside.

Program advantages:

  • Living and studying in the economic and cultural centre of Israel
  • constantly be in the middle of the action,
  • easily and comfortably travel to any part of Israel,
  • combine studying, working and recreation on a daily basis.

Self-dependence. Residence in spacious, furnitured, 3-4 room, fully applianced apartments will allow you to fully enjoy the experience of an independent life in Tel Aviv.

Quality and flexibility. An excellent course of Hebrew that lasts for the complete period of the program and also the opportunity to select and build by yourself an engaging and effective route to follow offered to you within the framework of Art-Tel.

 

Masa Israel Alumni North American Board Retreat

Masa Israel Alumni North American Board Retreat

August 9, 2013 (All day)  -  August 11, 2013 (All day)

  TBD, United States  - 

All Masa Alumni Board members are invited to attend the first annual Masa Alumni Board Retreat.
The retreat will focus on leadership development, programming techniques, and other skills alumni will need to engage fellow alumni in their area and run outstanding events! Details on Retreat location will be announced shortly. For more information or to start a Masa Alumni Board in your community, contact Dena Stein at denast@masaisrael.org.

3,000 Masa Israel Participants Gather for End-of-Year Conference

3,000 Masa Israel Participants Gather for End-of-Year Conference

3,000 Masa Israel Participants Gather for End-of-Year Conference

May 23, 2013

3,000 young Jews from around the world, participants in long-terms programs through Masa Israel Journey, attended the Masa Israel Journey Conference and End of 2012-2013 Academic Year Event at the Jerusalem International Convention Centre this past Monday.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: The Masa program participants were addressed by the Israeli Minister of the Economy, Naftali Bennett, and Chairman of Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky. They also participated in a panel discussion with the outstanding Israeli sportsmen and women Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi, Karen Leibowitz, and Andi Ram. 
 
Olympic medalist, judoka Arik Ze'evi said, “After a year in Israel, you will be the best ambassadors for our country.”
 
Naftali Bennett, Minister of the Economy said: “I salute those of you who are planning on making Aliyah. We need every one of you. For those of you that are planning to return home, I am certain that after a year here, the State of Israel will remain close to your hearts and that you will continue to visit us.”
 
Natan Sharansky held an open dialogue with the students during which he told them: “Masa participants discover their roots while visiting Israel and they discover that the Jewish people is one family. It is very important to us that you feel part of our family and that you represent us upon your return home.”
 
Masa Israel Journey is a joint project of Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Its aim is to strengthen the connection between young Jews around the world and the State of Israel.  Participants spend 5-10 months in Israel and can choose from a wide range of programs involving volunteer work, studying or professional internships.  Over 10,000 young Jews from 60 countries participate in Masa programs each year. Upon their return to their home countries, many graduates become involved with their local Jewish communities and become ambassadors for Israel.
 

Live it Like a Local: Rebecca Lee’s Lonely Planet Guide to Gedera, Israel

<div class="masa-blog-title">Live it Like a Local: Rebecca Lee’s Lonely Planet Guide to Gedera, Israel</div>

 
 
I’m not going to lie and say that I felt comfortable and at home in Gedera as soon as I arrived. My first few days were filled with worries about the new place and I began to wonder how I was going to spend nine and a half months here. As I explored this new and different little town, I began to discover places that made Gedera feel like my home.
 

Sarah Chin

Sarah Chin

Israel Government Fellows
My journey with Masa started a few years ago. The Israel Government Fellows (IGF) Program was mentioned to me but at the time it was not a consideration. I had to finish my master's degree and find a job. However as time passed the program once again was brought to my attention and it seemed like a good time to go; it was after all my last chance. I was 30 and that was the age cut-off.
 
I then applied and was accepted to the 2012-13 IGF Program. Thanks in large part to my Masa grants, I was able to attend. After about a month or so worth of lectures and ulpan (Hebrew language classes), I started my internship at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in the UN & International Organisations Division. Under the mentorship of Mr. Ron Adam and staff, I have worked on various projects, attended meetings, and expanded my knowledge and understanding of the Israeli position in international diplomacy.
 
The opportunity to sit in on incredibly interesting meetings between my mentor, other MFA staff and various United Nations officials, to edit reports, aid in writing statements, and conduct research on Israel's relationship with various UN bodies has allowed me to not only expand my skill set but contribute as well; and to feel, as a Jew, to be in some small way contributing to the State of Israel which is irreplaceable.  Another one of my duties has involved part of Israel's new branding efforts; I have been a moderator of the Green Israel Facebook Page.  Shameless plug:  PLEASE GO TO AND LIKE THIS PAGE! This page has allowed me to learn and share in great detail the latest green technologies and sustainable development news coming out of Israel by posting articles, updates, pictures and videos.
 
I came on this program because I decided it was one thing to advocate for Israel from America, it was another to do it from Israel. Being in Israel, seeing how the Foreign Ministry deals with international bodies like the UN, how they operate in a system seemingly stacked against it has been educational and eye opening. There is no comparing my experience and time here at the MFA, while quickly coming to a close, has been nothing short of extraordinary. Thanks to a great mentor and great staff, I have learned far more than I expected and despite all the challenges, I am very thankful to have been a participant in this program.
 
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Tlalim - Graphic and Web Design

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Program Description

This program is conducted in Russian.
 

Tlalim - IT Professional Security Analysis

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Program Description

This program is conducted in Russian.
 

Ben-Gurion University - MA in Israel Studies

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Program Description

The Israel Studies International Program (ISIP) provides students with a comprehensive state-of-the-art background in key subjects and research methods in Israel Studies. The knowledge and skills that students acquire, provides a solid foundation for those intending to pursue doctoral degrees in related fields. The program is aimed at students who wish to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of Israel and its development. With the highest concentration of Israel studies experts in the world, the Institute aims, through the International MA in Israel Studies, to share its unique insights into the Jewish People’s renewal in its homeland. The program trains its students to be leaders in their own communities – equipped with a high level of knowledge and understanding of Israel’s past and present, and poised to address the needs of the future.
 
A degree in Israel Studies is of value for candidates seeking to enter administrative, diplomatic, civil society, or teaching positions related to Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.