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Masa Israel Journey Offering Wine and Organic Living Experiences in Israel this Fall

Masa Israel Journey Offering Wine and Organic Living Experiences in Israel this Fall

April 18, 2013

Masa Israel Journe has two new, five-month programs available that will ignite the passions of anyone with an interest in Judaic studies, Israel, organic living and wine — Israel Wine Experience and LaMidbar.
Israel Wine Experience is a five-month program with the time split between Ohalo College in the Golan Heights-area town of Katzrin, and the vineyards of Burgundy, France. While in France, students will take a sensory evaluation course and tour local wineries with France’s leading sommeliers and winemakers.
 
At Ohalo, participants will attend daily seminars on enology, the science of wine making, and viticulture, the science, production and study of grapes. Classes will also be taught on the history of wine in Israel, which has 200 wineries and produces more than 1 million bottles per year. Then for three months, participants will intern at an Israeli winery and follow Israel’s growing season from sow to harvest.
 
Israel Wine Experience runs from June 2 through October 31. The deadline for registration is May 2. 
 
LaMidbar takes place at Kibbutz Neot Semadar in the shadows of the Negev Desert mountains. Participants will join a kibbutz work team and spend one day a week on an ecological project, learning about sustainable living practices. They will learn to build using local materials and sustainable building techniques suited to the desert environment, such as straw bales, mud and clay plaster, and learn about passive cooling towers and generating energy from organic waste.
 
Experiencing kibbutz life as a community is a beautiful feature of LaMidbar, where participants will eat together, share tea around a campfire, work together, enjoy Shabbat dinner and conversation. As a team, they will work the land, milking and herding goats, making cheese from the goats’ milk, growing organic vegetables, harvesting the orchards at the kibbutz’s date plantation and picking and curing olives.
 
In addition, this experience allows one's inner artist to emerge by working in the studios of local artisans, undertaking an apprenticeship in carpentry, metal work or stained glass creation.
 
LaMidbar starts July 1 and ends November 30. A second session in 2014 starts February 1 and ends June 30. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is June 15. 
 
Throughout the five months, participants in both the Israel Wine Experience and LaMidbar will explore the religious connections between their chosen field and Judaism, while taking intensive Hebrew ulpan classes.
 
For more information on either of these programs or any Masa Israel Journey experiences, contact Israel Programs Coordinator Tara Stiel at 786.866.8458 or email tstiel@gmjf.org.
 

Masa Israel Commemorates Israel's Fallen on Yom Hazikaron

Masa Israel Commemorates Israel's Fallen on Yom Hazikaron

April 15, 2013

Last night, Masa held a moving Yom HaZikaron ceremony for over 4,000 of its participants at the historic site of Latrun. Together, we honored Israel's fallen.
Speaking to 5,000 Masa Israel Journey participants at a Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers ceremony, Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky said, "While in the Soviet prison, … I thought about the three Israeli sportsmen who had visited Russia and had bravely met with us. They told us that Israel was a place of great joy."
 
"I later heard that one of the three was killed in the Yom Kippur war. But, mostly I thought about Yoni Netanyahu. The fact that the State of Israel was prepared to send its soldiers to rescue Jews all over the world gave me great strength. Yoni was 29 when he was killed and was 29 when I was arrested. Every time that I felt that I didn’t have the strength to keep resisting the authorities, I thought about Yoni Netanyahu and it gave me the strength to keep going."
 
 
Minister of Econonmy Naftali Bennett also addressed the participants:
 

Betar - Wingate

Betar - Wingate

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LaMidbar: Desert Learning Community

LaMidbar: Desert Learning Community

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LaMidbar: Desert Learning Community

 

Lamidbar: Desert Learning Community

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Program Description

At LaMidbar is a five-month Masa Israel program designed for 21 – 30 year olds. You are invited to join a unique desert community and undertake a personal journey of deepening your understanding of yourself and your place in the world. Guided group meetings provide a forum for raising questions, listening, and dialogue.
 
The two program tracks, the Farm Internship and the Art Apprenticeship, provide an arena to learn a new skill and work with the land or with natural materials, as well as serving as a basis for observation, connection and growth arising from our daily interactions with people and the environment. The Farm Interns will join a Kibbutz work-team: organic agriculture, goat husbandry, goats’ cheese making, organic vegetable garden, organic date cultivation. The Art Apprentices will work closely with a master craftsman in metal-smithing, stained glass, ceramics, carpentry, or weaving. Both tracks will converge one day a week to work on a group green building project.
 

Highlights

- Immersion in a unique community 
- The inspiring desert atmosphere of the Negev
- Focus on reflection and personal learning from your experiences
- Ecological building in desert conditions
- Learn a practical, hands-on skill (organic agriculture, goat herding, cheese-making, natural materials)
-Apprenticeship with a master craftsman
 
 

Get Back to Israel Fair Los Angeles

Get Back to Israel Fair Los Angeles

April 13, 2013 - 20:30

  Hollywood, CA  - 

Find a job or internship in Israel, the celebrate Israeli Independence Day!

Postcards from the Masa Israel Leadership Summit

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By Tamara Raynor Cote, Israel Teaching Fellows
 
What does it take to make a leader?
 

My Typical Day With Saving the Stones

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Officially, our days usually start around 8:30am, unless we have commitments further out of down which requires getting up earlier. However, wake-up is somewhere between 7 and 8 for us, when we hop (or stumble) out of bed, gather around the electric kettle, and assemble breakfast and lunch.
 
 
We have intensive Hebrew instruction, or Ulpan, twice a week at 8:30.