Mifgasim Shabton

Mifgasim Shabton

November 5, 2015 (All day)  -  November 7, 2015 (All day)

  Jerusalem  - 

A unique opportunity to meet young adults from around the world and learn together about Israel, Judaism and themselves.

Participants from 64 countries, 3 days, 1 global Jewish community. We will tour the Negev, meet Israelis students, celebrate Shabbat together, and explore what connect us as Jewish people from all around the world. A unique opportunity to meet young adults from around the world and learn together about Israel, Judaism and themselves.

Masa Israel Alumni Fellow of the Week: Aaron White

<div class="masa-blog-title">Masa Israel Alumni Fellow of the Week: Aaron White</div>

alt="aaron white"Aaron White is a California native with a passion for politics and the environment.

 

The Jerusalem Post: 4,000 Jews gather to celebrate Masa opening

The Jerusalem Post: 4,000 Jews gather to celebrate Masa opening

The Jerusalem Post: 4,000 Jews gather to celebrate Masa opening

October 27, 2015

By Josh Dell

 

An electric atmosphere filled Jerusalem's Pais Arena Monday night, as some 4,000 participants from Masa programs across Israel celebrated the launching of the organization’s new year of activities at the annual MyMasa Event, which included an address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a performance by Ivri Lider. 

The prime minster commented that, “You know that you’re here because something very special is happening here, because you are the Jewish leaders of tomorrow, and we appreciate the fact that you are giving yourself a wonderful opportunity not just to help, but to learn.”

 

Since 2004, more than 100,000 people from all over the world have taken part in Masa programs, ranging from volunteering to studying and interning at companies and institutions throughout Israel.

 

At the core of Masa’s success has been its ability to reach out to the Jewish Diaspora. Its 12,000 participants taking part in programs this year alone come from France, South Africa, the US, Latin America, and CIS nations.

 

One is Yevgeniya Ivanova, 23, from Odessa, Ukraine, who is taking part in a 10-month Masa program organized by the group Real Life Israel.

 

She is spending five months learning Hebrew in an ulpan in Jerusalem and five months interning in Tel Aviv. She reports that Masa allows her “to gain work experience and find out about my heritage, as well as gaining life experience that I’ll only get here.”

 

Alon Gamzu, CEO of the Tel Aviv-based tech start-up Roundforest, praised Masa interns’ impact on his company’s development, noting how “Masa has played a big part in our journey. Being based in Israel can be a challenge in our industry. Masa interns from the US help us to better understand and engage with our target users.”

 

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky told the gathering: “You should remember every moment of our life here.

 

You should remember how you enjoyed this great atmosphere.

 

You should remember how you enjoyed life in this proud, democratic, Jewish state.” He looked to the crowd and told them, “You are our ambassadors.”

 

Masa CEO Liran Avisar commended the tenacity of the current tranche of Masa participants, noting that “these days it makes it even more special to have this event in the heart of Jerusalem. We don’t have participants who’ve left since what happened security-wise, and it feels good that so many registered and so many are coming.”

 

 

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.
 

Israel Hayom: Masa brings record 12,000 Jews to Israel this year

Israel Hayom: Masa brings record 12,000 Jews to Israel this year

Israel Hayom: Masa brings record 12,000 Jews to Israel this year

October 26, 2015

By Yori Yalon

 

This year has seen a dramatic 63% increase in the number of Masa participants from South Africa. The number of participants from Latin America is also continuing its upward trend of recent years.

New Jersey Jewish News: English tutor learns lessons from Israelis

New Jersey Jewish News: English tutor learns lessons from Israelis

New Jersey Jewish News: English tutor learns lessons from Israelis

October 22, 2015

By Robert Wiener

 

After finishing 10 months in Israel in June, Lindsey Skerker returned to her home in Randolph having learned as much from the elementary school students she taught in Netanya as they did from her.

“Students are the best teachers,” she told NJ Jewish News. “They loved us trying to speak their language while they were trying to speak our language.”

 

Skerker was one of 25 American and Australian Jews working as teaching assistants in Netanya, where they helped third- through sixth-graders learn English.

 

They were part of a cohort of almost 200 young people involved in Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, a program for Jewish young adults between the ages of 21-30 to teach English in Israeli schools. Skerker was also involved in the Masa Hillel Fellowship, a fellowship program run by Hillel and Masa Israel to help build the next generation of Jewish leaders.

 

 

Continue reading Lindsey's story in New Jersey Jewish News.

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Masa Israel Alumni Fellow of the Week: Sarah Wesson

<div class="masa-blog-title">Masa Israel Alumni Fellow of the Week: Sarah Wesson</div>

alt="sarah wesson"Born and raised in Stowe, Vermont, Sarah Wesson was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Rehovot during the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Introducing: The 2015-2016 Masa Israel Alumni Fellows

<div class="masa-blog-title">Introducing: The 2015-2016 Masa Israel Alumni Fellows</div>

The Masa Israel Alumni Fellowship is an opportunity for a select few outstanding alumni to represent Masa Israel Journey in their home communities and on a national level.


This exclusive program provides Fellows with unmatched leadership training as well as opportunities for personal and professional development and networking with Jewish communal leaders.

 

From Israel Government Fellows to Hillary for America

<div class="masa-blog-title">From Israel Government Fellows to Hillary for America</div>

Masa Israel alum Joel Wanger (left) with colleagues from the Hillary for America, Nevada team 

 

 

Amy Albertson