Jewish Disability Awareness Month: Raise awareness, foster inclusion, intern in Israel

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In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Masa Israel Journey is joining the global Jewish community in raising awarness and fostering inclusion for those with disabilities and special needs. As this work goes far beyond the 28 days of the month of February, we're bringing you the top 3 internships in Israel through which you can help raise awareness and foster inclusion:


1. Teaching Assistant, MICHA - Society for Deaf Children 



MITF - Maase Olam -Youth Villages

Program Description

Israel's youth village system is a culturally distinct approach to providing healthy learning environments for Israeli youth at risk and new immigrants between the ages of 12-18.

Israeli teens might choose to live and study in these agricultural communities for a variety of reasons: their family might be impoverished and unable to adequately care for them, they might have immigrated to Israel alone, they might have had a difficult time with social integration at their former schools, or they might simply be interested in the community values that the youth village embodies. Whatever the reason, the network of educators, mentors, and adoptive families in the village provides an environment for these teens to grow into thriving and compassionate adults.

Though there are countless benefits for the teens that grow up in this setting, one drawback is that they have less access to native English speakers than they would have if they lived in urban Israeli environments. This is the first time that an organized group of English-speaking Jews have been brought in to address this issue. We are looking for adventurous and socially conscious Jews from the Anglosphere who are not only interested in teaching English, but in leading informal education activities, and in serving as close mentors and role models for their students.


The youth village is a product of the Jewish commitment to tikkun olam, and embodies the cliché but truthful maxim that "it takes a village to raise a child". The 10 months of the program will be highly challenging, but also profound. Those who work in a youth village tend to reflect on it as a transformative life experience.

A wide range of skills are useful in a youth village setting, so those with one or more of the following interests or attributes are encouraged to apply:

• Interest in social work, counseling or mentoring teens
• Background in constructive recreational activities like music, sports, dance, art, theatre, cooking, photography, etc.
• Interest in gardening, agriculture and/or animals
• Hebrew ability, as some students in the village have limited English
• European language ability, particularly French and Russian, for new immigrant students

3 Delicious (and Nutritious) Tu B'shvat Recipes You Have to Try

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By Chef Chanah Auerbach, Masa Israel Volunteer Alumna


“A person is like the tree of a field…” – Deuteronomy 20:19



From Air Traffic Control to Tel Aviv University

Celebrities in Israel: 8 #LiveItLikeALocal moments in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and beyond

<div class="masa-blog-title">Celebrities in Israel: 8 #LiveItLikeALocal moments in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and beyond</div>

Celebrities – They’re just like us! Whether in Israel for business or pleasure, they know how to have a good time in the land of milk and honey. In honor of Chelsea Handler’s recent visit to Israel, here are 8 amazing moments from some our favorite stars in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and everywhere in between.

1. Claire Danes cozies up to an ice cream statue in Neve Tzedek


Welcoming the 2015 Masa-Hillel Fellows

Welcoming the 2015 Masa-Hillel Fellows

January 28, 2015

We are so excited to welcome our second cohort of Masa-Hillel Fellows. The fellowship is a six-month professional development seminar designed to prepare current Masa Israel participants for Hillel work.
Through Hillel’s partnership with Masa Israel Journey, Hillel provides a Fellowship experience for current Masa participants who were at the Masa Israel Leadership Summit in December. The goal of the Masa-Hillel Fellowship is to build a talent pipeline and populate Hillel’s professional cohort with talented individuals and budding leaders who are actively exploring Israel and reinforcing their Jewish and Israel connections. Learn more about the Fellowship and last year's cohort here.

Seven of last year's Fellows now work for Hillels across the country. We couldn't be more proud of the professional success of our alumni, and wish the best of luck to this year's cohort!

Photo: Members of last year's cohort at the Hillel International Global Assembly this past December in Orlando, along with Hillel’s Esther Abramowitz (top left), Pardes’ Yaffa Epstein (top right), and Hillel’s Jamie Schiffman (bottom left).
Courtesy: Hillel International

Hebrew University - MA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Program Description

An  intensive integrated program  designed for students who wish to study the Middle East: religion, politics, societies, history, and cultures. The program is offered in conjunction with the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Students have the opportunity to study with some of the leading scholars in the field, while living in Jerusalem, one of the most important and dynamic cities of the Middle East. Graduates of the program have assumed positions in government service, relevant NGOs and journalism and other areas.
The M.A. program consists of 36 credits over three consecutive semesters, including one required seminar in Historiography and electives. Courses are available in the modern period as well as in a range of disciplines in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, including medieval and early modern history, religion, anthropology, literature, the arts and Arabic language. Students who demonstrate an adequate knowledge of Arabic are required to deepen and expand their language skills by studying modern and classical texts of an ideological, historical, social, religious, or literary nature, in tutorials or through courses offered in the Faculty of Humanities. Students who demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew may take courses in other Middle Eastern and Islamic languages, such as Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Urdu, and Swahili, or in relevant European languages, such as French or German.

Hebrew University - MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Program Description

About the Program: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers an intensive one-year master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the Rothberg International School.  This program is designed to create a cadre of leaders in the nonprofit world with cutting-edge skills and theoretical and practical knowledge in management, entrepreneurship and leadership. 
About the students: This program provides students with an opportunity to study and share ideas with peers interested in civil society and social change, and to gain expertise that will contribute towards a career in the nonprofit sector. Interested students may also choose to specialize in Jewish community leadership by selecting elective courses from the programs in Jewish studies and Israel studies.   
Curriculum: covered in the program include organizational theory, planning, budgeting, fundraising, volunteer and boards management, social entrepreneurship and more. Within the framework of the program, students can apply the knowledge they gain in class by getting hands-on experience through an internship and a supervised team project.  Project planning and development will take place in a nonprofit organization in Jerusalem or beyond.   
Students with knowledge of Hebrew may also take graduate-level courses taught in Hebrew through the M.A. program in Management of Nonprofit and Community Organizations offered by the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare.  Students may also take elective graduate courses offered in Humanities and Social Sciences.  

Hebrew University - MA in Jewish Studies

Program Description

Offered in conjunction with the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies.
Who is this program for? 
This program is designed for students who wish to study Jewish culture and sources from an interdisciplinary perspective, whether they are recent college graduates interested in the field of Jewish studies or Ph.D. candidates who wish to enrich their knowledge, research skills and experience by studying at the Hebrew University while living in Jerusalem.  
Students will enjoy a learning experience in small classes with experts in the field as well as be able to use the Hebrew University's academic resources, such as the National Library on the Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram.  
The program covers Jewish culture and history from its beginnings to Modern times, and is divided into two main periods: from Ancient to early Medieval times and from Medieval to Modern times. Courses are offered in textual studies, history, philosophy, and culture, and include study tours in Jerusalem (see sample of courses below). Language instruction is offered in Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Akkadian, Greek, and Literary and Colloquial Arabic. 
Special track: Religious Studies
Students who choose to pursue this option will follow a core curriculum in Jewish Studies but focus a significant portion of their electives in Religious Studies courses.

The Holidays in Israel

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By Chloe Newman, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Ashdod


While this holiday season didn’t resemble the traditions of my youth, it was still very special for me. With my new friends and communities here in Israel, I took part in multi-cultural celebrations across the country. The saying here goes that Israelis will take any excuse to celebrate, eat, drink, and be merry with the ones they love...and especially without the bombardment of superficial, commercial holiday stresses, why not?