Op-ed: Democratic and Religious: The dichotomy holding back common sense

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While living in Israel, Masa participants engage in all facets of Israeli society. This is one intern's take on the nature of the Israeli policy.
 
By Celina Nieman, Israel Government Fellows
 
It is Friday at three in the afternoon in Har Hatzofim, Jerusalem. I’ve missed the last bus into the city. For the sake of religion and tradition, a public service has been shut down.
 

The Sweet Spot: Alumni Career Development Meets Digital Engagement

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Earlier this month, Russ Finkelstein wrote about keeping alumni engaged and involved by offering career services. Before we can tap into alumni communities for fundraising and volunteer requests, he argues, we have to provide them something of value, something that they want.
 
At Masa Israel we wholeheartedly agree, and have been experimenting in the professional development space for the past year.
 
 

Sustainable Israel

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Program Description

Sustainable Israel develops professional skills through an intensive theoretical and applied fellowship in sustainable development. This unique fellowship builds innovative capacities that participants will take with them as a “tool kit” for sustainable development. Participants study permaculture design and sustainable development, ecological agriculture and architecture, EcoVillage design, natural building, renewable energies including solar and biogas, rainwater collection, community building, group dynamics and much more. Participants approach sustainability through a modern Jewish perspective and develop a living and relevant expression of Jewish environmental ethics. The fellowship includes meetings with policy makers in the Arava Valley, tours of neighboring Kibbutzim and Jerusalem, service learning in Be’er Sheva, hiking in the Southern Arava and snorkeling in Eilat. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows receive internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification.

7 reasons to join Masa Israel’s Online Career Fair on Wednesday

Masa-Hillel Fellowship: Building the Jewish Community’s Leaders

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by Lisa Motenko
 
This past summer I left Berkeley Hillel, where I was on staff for four amazing years, to head to Israel.  I didn’t grow up in Jewish day school, or have extensive experience in Israel – so my time had come to spend a year immersing myself in Jewish text and living in the land of milk and honey. My goal for studying with the Pardes Experiential Educators Program was to take experiential education programs to a higher level by infusing them with real Jewish content and meaning.
 

Masa Israel Goes to Tribefest

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Bummed you missed this year's TribeFest in NOLA? Check out this play-by-play from our awesome alumni who live-tweeted throughout the conference!
 
 

Ben Gurion University Medical School for International Health

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Program Description

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Medical School for International Health is a medical degree program dedicated to training physicians in international health and medicine. MSIH's structure follows the US style of medical degree programs, namely two years of basic science and two years of clinical science.
 
In addition to a typical American-style medical curriculum, MSIH students throughout the program take a required global health track that includes, among other matters, cross-cultural communications, the challenge of doing clinical work thorough translators, nutrition in the developing world, disaster relief, population-based medicine, and bio-terrorism and health.
 

WUJS-Intern Jerusalem

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Program Description

On WUJS Intern Jerusalem, you’ll combine a tailor-made professional internship in a field of your choice with the additional benefits of a regular Ulpan (Hebrew language) course, weekly field trips, overnight hikes, meetings with Israeli peers, and a variety of fun and enriching activities.
 
You’ll live in apartments close to the trendy area of Emek Refaim and intern in almost any area of industry and commerce, public and private sector, art and culture, hi-tech, politics, medicine and much more. This is a great opportunity for you to enhance your resume and live like an independent Israeli, all within a warm yet dynamic environment and supported by professional and experienced staff.
 
 

WUJS-Arts Tel Aviv

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Program Description

Explore your art in Israel’s cultural capital. WUJS Arts Tel Aviv caters to all artists, including writers, musicians, performers, photographers, painters, filmmakers, animators, and more.
 
WUJS is the only program in the center of the country with an arts track. The track combines an internship with an independent art project, lectures on all art media, fieldtrips to various art institutions throughout the country, and a final exhibition where participants display their independent projects.  In addition, you'll have all the other components of the program including regular Tuesday trips, ulpan throughout the entirety of the program, Israeli peers who participate in program activities, and stimulating lectures and seminars on contemporary issues in Israeli society.
 
 

WUJS-Arts Jerusalem

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Program Description

Jerusalem is like no other city in the world; you feel as if you are walking on history. Artists who come here will have ample time to be inspired by the spirituality, romantic cobblestone streets, and majestic environment that one can only find in Jerusalem. The environment in Jerusalem is never boring and it promotes creativity and originality. 
 
The arts track combines an internship with an independent art project, lectures on all art media, fieldtrips to various art institutions throughout the country, and a final exhibition where participants display their independent projects.  In addition, you'll have all the other components of the program including regular Tuesday trips, ulpan throughout the entirety of the program, Israeli peers who participate in program activities, and stimulating lectures and seminars on contemporary issues in Israeli society.