5 Reasons to Attend Grad School in Israel

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With more than 2,000 years of history, Israel is a place where ancient meets modern. There’s no better way to get an education than exploring your passions while immersed in an exciting new culture. Besides the historic and cultural experience, there are many benefits of getting an advanced degree in Israel. From lower tuition to building a global network, your grad school experience will be like no other for these 5 reasons:


1. Low Tuition

 


Getting an MBA, MPH, MSc, LL.M., and Master’s degree is a big decision. Many questions arise when deciding which degree to pursue such as what, where, and most importantly how much? Israel offers top notch degrees in world renowned universities for almost half the price of a US Institution. Most importantly worldwide recognition is a guarantee due to the prestige and high reputation of most Israeli universities around the world.


2. Length

 


You want to pursue an advanced degree but you don’t want to take many years to do so? In Israel, top universities offer one year programs in various fields. Yes, one year programs that dive right into the subject and provide you with real life experience in the field.


3. Global Community

 


In Israel, classrooms are made up of people from all over the world. You will be exposed to global perspectives and real-world applications that allow you to master the complexities of today’s demanding and evolving world. Not to mention, the next time you want to go to Italy or New Zealand you will most likely find a place to crash.


4. Expertise

 


One thing that Israelis do best is become experts in their fields. If you look at the start-up nation there are breakthroughs in almost all areas. From security, archeology, sustainable living, tech, diplomacy, social work, medicine, you name it. Israeli universities are made up of the best of the best, it’s no surprise everyone flocks to Israeli universities.


5. Language

 


As you're walking down the street in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv you will most likely hear various languages. From Russian to Arabic, in Israel you can explore many languages and cultures in every way. Many Israeli graduate programs offer Hebrew or Arabic courses in order to immerse you in Israeli society and of course learn to bargain at the shuk!


To learn more on how to pursue a higher education degree in Israel, click here.

 

Top Concerts in Israel this Summer 2016

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Are you going to be in Israel this summer? Get ready for a jam packed schedule of amazing performances from world renowned artists. There is something for everyone from EDM to Jazz. Thanks to Tourist Israel, we've compiled a list of what you can expect this summer: 

 

Elton John, Tel Aviv, Israel. May 26, 2016

 


“This will be the fourth concert in Israel for the British singer. Sir Elton John is one of the most famous and successful singers in the world and has sold over 300 million albums. Some of his hits include “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, “Your Song” and “Candle in the Wind”. Sir Elton John is expected to perform at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 26, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.”

 

Oasis Festival, Arad, Israel. June 10-11, 2016

 


“The first edition of the Oasis Dub Reggae Festival is taking place near Arad, in the Negev Desert in Israel in June 2016. With the backdrop of the scenic Negev desert, the festival is setting out to bring together all of Israel’s reggae lovers and fans. The set list includes both international and local artists, amongst which Ohnny Osbourne, Ziggi Racado, Skarra Mucci, Mista Savona, Los Caparos, Jah Bless and many more.”


Wiz Khalifa, Tel Aviv, Israel. June 25, 2016

 


“American rapper Wiz Khalifa has announced one concert in Tel Aviv, Israel in summer 2016. Wiz Khalifa is one of the hottest names in the U.S. rap scene at the moment. His most popular song “Black and Yellow” has reached the #1 Billboard Hot 100 in 2010, and has been later remixed featuring Snoop Dogg, Juicy J and T-Pain.”


Sunbeat Music Festival. June 23-25, 2016

 


“The Sunbeat Music Festival is Israel’s leading summer music, global beats event. Taking place over one weekend in June in a beautiful green parkland setting in the green mountains of the Northern Galilee region of Israel, Sunbeat draws some of Israel’s biggest home-grown musicians, as well as a diverse array of international musicians.”


Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Israel. July 13-16, 2016

 


“The Tel Aviv Blues Festival returns this summer for its third edition, with four days of concerts in twenty different locations in the city. Opening the festival is the concert of legendary guitarist Buddy Guy, in Caesarea Amphitheater on July 13. The festival will continue in different clubs and bars in Tel Aviv, hosting the captivating sounds of Blues.”


AVICII in Tel Aviv, Israel. July 22, 2016

 


“International DJ sensation, AVICII, will be returning to Israel in July 2016 for a concert in Rishon, just south of Tel Aviv. AVICII is one of the world’s hottest DJ’s, ranked 3rd in the world in 2011, 2012, and 2013 following the release of his mega-hits ‘Levels’, “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”. His music and his music has been well received around the world in EDM circles and beyond. AVICII will return to Israel to perform once at the Live Park in Rishon LeZion, just south of Tel Aviv on July 22, 2016.”


Tomorrowland in Jerusalem, Israel. July 23, 2016

 

 

“The king of all electronic music festivals, Tomorrowland, is taking place for the first time in Israel this summer! “UNITE – The Mirror to Tomorrowland” is an international event taking place simultaneously in 7 countries (Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico and South Africa) “mirroring” the father event, the Belgian festival which has become a cult amongst electronic music fans. Broadcasting live from the Belgium stage to the Israeli festival will be huge names of electronics such as Axwell & Ingrosso, AFROJACK, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero and many more.”


Bruce Springsteen, Tel Aviv, Israel. July 2016

 


“American rock legend Bruce Springsteen, the Boss, is expected to give a concert in Tel Aviv, in July 2016. Springsteen has not yet given any concerts in Israel despite a large fan base here, and a one of concert will likely draw thousands of eager Israeli fans.”


Sia Concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. August 11, 2016

 


“Sia gained international success with her sixth album “1000 Forms of Fear” and the hit “Chandelier”, made famous also by the video clip with dancing performance by Maddy Ziegler. Other hits are “Elastic Heart” and “Big Girls Cry”. Sia wrote songs for international superstars as Beyonce, Rihanna, Eminem and she released a new studio album “This is Acting” on January 29th. The singer will perform her first Israeli concert in Park Hayarkon.”


Red Sea Jazz Festival, Eilat. August 27-30, 2016

 


The Red Sea Jazz Festival will take place again in 2016, first happening in 1987 and running every year since in the last week of August. The Red Sea Jazz Festival is a four day international festival with 8 to 9 concerts per evening, 6 clinics with guest artists and nightly Jam sessions, featuring a showcasing a broad spectrum of jazz music from New Orleans jazz to the contemporary, including Latin and World music.


Beyonce Concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. August, 2016

 


“Beyonce is in expected to give a performance in Tel Aviv, Israel in August 2016. It’ll be Beyonce’s first concert in Israel. Her fans can hardly wait as this announcement follows years of rumors about her performing in Israel. Beyonce is one of the world’s largest pop stars, most famous for her hits “Halo” “Single Ladies”, and “Crazy in love”.”


Pharrell Williams in Tel Aviv, Israel. Summer, 2016

 


“American music sensation, Pharrell Williams is expected to give a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel in summer 2016. Pharrell Williams began his career in the 90’s but it was in recent years he rose to mass fame, in large part for his viral mega-hit, ‘Happy’, which caused waves on a global scale. Aside from his solo work, Williams has collaborated widely, and won multiple awards including nine Grammy awards as artist, and three as producer.”

 

To learn more about Study Abroad programs in Israel, click here. 

Visit touristisrael.com for more information on events, tours, and concerts. 

 
 

Haifa University - MA in Social Work with focus on Multiculturalism - October 2016

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Program Description

The University of Haifa's international Social Work MA program in Multicultural Social Work explores the vantage points of marginalized and minority populations in the context of mainstream society and aims to develop a knowledge and skillset for a culturally competent program of assistance. While exploring the needs and rights of different groups in Israel's complex and multicultural society, the program also explores methods of enhancing cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural communication and will enable students to navigate diverse settings of public practice. The University of Haifa is itself a mirror of Israeli society and reflects its great diversity and cultural variety. As such it provides an important opportunity for engaging in culturally diverse learning. 

 

Programs Pagehttp://overseas.haifa.ac.il/index.php/graduate-programs/2015-06-28-12-18-34

Highlights

Track A – with thesis

Track B – non-thesis

 

Haifa University - MA in Child Development

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Program Description

The International Master of Arts Program in Child Development was established with the goal of improving the lives of children at risk in developing countries around the world by training and promoting professional leadership that will advance various agendas to achieve this objective. The program is offered through the Faculty of Social Sciences in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Child Development and the International School, University of Haifa. Taught in English, the full-time, one-year program is designed to train the next generation of international experts who will focus on pressing questions regarding the nature of child development and how it applies to the lives of children and their families in developing countries.
This unique program equips future professionals with a comprehensive theoretical basis and an applied skillset that will be effective in influencing the well-being of children and their families in a positive manner.

 

Tuition and Service Fees $9,780 US
Accommodation $450 US per month

 

 

 

Go to program page on the University of Haifa website 

 

Read the program blog

 

 

Young Judaea - Tel Aviv Academy Plus

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Program Description

Welcome to TEL AVIV ACADEMY PLUS - A joint program between American Jewish University and YJ. On Tel Aviv Academy Plus, you get the best of both worlds: you will learn about contemporary issues in Israeli culture through top-notch academic studies while also interning with top Israeli companies. All of this is in vibrant Tel Aviv, a city that never stops!

TEL AVIV: The White City, The City That Never Stops. No matter what you are looking for, you will find it in Tel Aviv! On Tel Aviv Academy Plus, you will live in beautiful Israeli apartments in the heart of Florentin- the Brooklyn of Israel. Everything you could ask for is within reach in Florentin, from premiere restaurants to amazing bars and everything in between. You will also be a short bus ride from both the beach and the cultural center of town. By day, step into a thriving international business or arts environment. By night, step out and experience the best nightlife in the Middle East!

ACADEMY: Through Tel Aviv Academy Plus, you will take classes accredited by the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. You will study Hebrew, contemporary Israeli culture, and Jewish Religion and History, and more! Through the program's setup, all of Israel is your classroom.

PLUS: Gain real-world experience while you are still in school with a customized internship! With over 400 different options for placement, you will be able to experience your field first hand, supplement your academic studies with experiential learning, and give your resume a boost.

 

 

Haifa University - MPH in Global Health Leadership & Administration

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Program Description

The University of Haifa’s International Master’s Program in Global Health Leadership and Administration is dedicated to providing students with a strong foundation from which to critically examine current global health challenges. The next generation of health care leaders will require a comprehensive understanding of society’s many facets and how they each relate to public health issues. They will also need to have sophisticated leadership skills in order to serve an ever more complex society, and to manage cross-cutting, multi-sectoral, top-down and bottom-up comprehensive programs, within and beyond the health services. In an increasingly integrated world marked by growing disparity, public health leaders will also need to be aware of how global and national forces affect health within and between national borders.
The Global Health Leadership and Administration program nurtures the required high levels of sophistication, excellent leadership and communication skills, and a deep knowledge of public and global health in order to prepare future practitioners and researchers for leadership roles in settings across the globe. The one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters, from October through September.

 

Haifa University - MA in Jewish Studies

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Program Description

The International Master of Arts in Jewish Studies is a program in Jewish history, philosophy and thought. It offers a comprehensive combination of Judaic studies that weaves together Biblical and Talmudic Studies, Jewish History, Philosophy and Mysticism. The program’s focus extends from the Biblical to Modern era, and is taught by experts in the fields of Biblical studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early and Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, early Modern and Modern Jewish History and Thought. Our parallel Hebrew-language program draws over two-hundred students annually and we are now happy to be able to offer it to students from around the world.

 

What you will study


The year-long program will be taught over three semesters and includes a final examination. The courses are split according to three chronological groups: the Biblical period, Antiquity (the Rabbinic period); and the Medieval to Modern period. In order to obtain a master’s degree the student will need to accumulate 36 credits over three consecutive semesters. The credits may be made up from any of the three groups of his/her choice and include the following fields of study:


•         Biblical Studies
•         Dead Sea Scrolls
•         Judaism in Antiquity
•         Talmud and Midrash
•         Jews and Christians, from Antiquity to Early Modernity
•         Medieval Jewish History
•         Jewish Philosophy
•         Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism
•         Early Modern Cultural History
•         Genizah Studies

 

Tuition and Service Fees $9,780 US
Accommodation $450 US per month

 

Go to program page on the University of Haifa website

 

Read the program blog

 

 

Haifa University - MA in German & European Studies

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Program Description

The Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) is a joint venture of the University of Haifa and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst). HCGES was founded in 2007 with the goal of exposing students, researchers, and the community at large to a rich spectrum of topics related to modern Europe, and Germany in particular, since 1945.

The international Master of Arts program in German and European Studies at the University of Haifa is being launched as part of the teaching activities of the HCGES. The MA program is designed to acquaint students with topics related to Germany and Europe, highlighting Jewish and Israeli perspectives as well as the relationship between the Middle East and Europe. The program is interdisciplinary and allows students to approach German and European studies from a variety of angles while providing students with the opportunity to engage with other departments for a well-rounded education.

Highlights

Track A (with MA Thesis)
Track B (with a final exam)

What Israeli Universities Does Masa Israel Partner With?

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Did you know that Masa Israel provides grants and need-based scholarships to students who study abroad in Israel?

 

Whether it's a semester abroad during undergrad or a masters program after college we can provide up to $7,500 in grants and need-based scholarships to make it easier for you to study abroad in Israel.
 

 

Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University, Israel’s largest and most comprehensive academic institution, boasts a diverse and dynamic student body and a faculty of nationally and internationally renowned scholars and scientists. It consistently ranks in the top 20 universities in the world in terms of scientific citations and among the top 100 universities internationally. It is conveniently located in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, a start-up hub, a cultural capital with a thriving arts scene, rich history, and world-class museums and galleries, not to mention incredible nightlife and scenic beaches.

 


Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hebrew University is an internationally renowned institution with a rich history. It’s Israel’s second-oldest university and home to the world’s largest Jewish studies library. Four of Israel’s prime ministers are among the university’s notable alumni. With an incredible location in Jerusalem, one of the most dynamic and historic cities in the world, you’ll learn as much outside the classroom as in it. Just walking through the city streets and looking at ancient walls and buildings is a lesson in archeology.

 

 

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is the oldest academic institution in the country and a world-class university with students from Israel and around the world. It is ranked among the world’s top 50 technological universities and has been recognized for being a leader in creating a special ecosystem that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship. It is home to three Nobel Laureates and is also the birth place of many of Israel’s most exciting tech innovations. To enhance its international presence, Technion has established academic partnerships, including: the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute for applied science being built in New York City; the planned cooperatively run Technion-Guangdong Institute of Technology (TGIT) with Shantou University being built in Shantou, Guangdong; and research laboratories in Singapore under the CREATE project of the National Research Foundation of Singapore.


Technion is located in Haifa, a diverse port city where you’ll find stunning views, the magnificent Baha’i Gardens, and amazing cultural diversity: Arab, Christian, and Jewish cultures have coexisted here for centuries. In recent years, Haifa has emerged as an “Israeli Silicon Valley” with a booming tech industry (Microsoft and Google set up shop here not so long ago).

 

 

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University is a pioneering teaching and research center with more than 19,000 students, a large campus, and a welcoming dorm life. Located in Beer-Sheva—a growing city on the edge of the Negev desert that retains the feel of an exotic, distant land—this university is a great choice for students who want more than just the “same old, same old.”

 

 

University of Haifa

The University of Haifa is one of Israel’s most diverse academic institutions, with a student body of Jews, Arabs, Christians, new immigrants and native Israelis, all deeply committed to social responsibility and academic excellence. It also offers state-of-the-art research centers and boasts a renowned faculty. A diverse port city located on the Mediterranean Sea, Haifa offers stunning views, the magnificent Baha’i Gardens, and amazing cultural diversity.

 

 

Arava Institute of Environmental Studies


The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, located in Southern Israel, is the only institution which brings together students from America, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and from around the world, to cooperatively study the region’s environmental challenges. Accredited through Ben-Gurion University, the Arava Institute houses academic programs, research centers, and international cooperation initiatives focusing on a range of environmental concerns and challenges.

 

 

IDC Herzliya

Study with world-renowned faculty, engage with students from around the world and enjoy a wide array of extracurricular activities.
The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya was established twenty years ago as Israel’s first private university.  IDC Herzliya believes in ‘start-up academia’ and encourages its students to initiate, innovate, invent and create. Many successful startups in Israel today first came together on the IDC campus.

 

 

Bar-Ilan University

A world-class institution, Bar-Ilan University offers students a challenging and rewarding academic experience that emphasizes social responsibility and Jewish values. It’s currently the second-largest academic institution in Israel, with a dynamic student body and a renowned faculty.

 

The university is located just outside of vibrant Tel Aviv, a cultural capital with a thriving arts scene, rich history, and world-class museums and galleries, not to mention incredible nightlife and scenic beaches.
 

To learn more about Masa Israel's study abroad and post college programs, click here. 

 

Career Israel: Daniel Vapne Profile

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Career Israel participant Daniel Vapne gave us an insight on his Masa Israel Journey and how it helped him grow professionally. After getting his B.A in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University, Daniel decided to take an internship with Medix, a private physical therapy clinic in Israel.


During his internship, he was able to apply his knowledge as well as skills from his college experience. His personal struggle and understanding of taking initiative makes him stand out as an exemplary leader of his community. He developed a passion for helping people.  Israel’s diverse population requires more than the typical Hebrew skills but the understanding of different cultures and languages as well. His commitment to gaining knowledge helped him bridge that gap.


Daniel gained more than just experience; he developed a plan to give back to people back home and Israel. We asked him some questions about his journey and how it shaped his Jewish identity as well as leadership skills.


How did you end up on a Masa Israel program?


I did Taglit Birthright in December of 2013. A Masa Israel rep came on the bus one day and said, “if you liked Taglit, there’s a longer term program you can do.” They explained that you can choose what you want to do and that there are many options.


I was very touched by the whole Israel experience, so as soon as I got home I did my research. I saw all of my options and thought it would be great to go back and work in Israel. It seemed like I’d get a more hands on experience than I would in the U.S.


I couldn’t treat patients in the U.S. like I did in Israel. In Israel, I did whatever the physical therapists told me to do. In the U.S., I would’ve just been an aid.


In Israel, I was able to use my critical thinking, create treatment plans and facilitate them for my patients. I worked in a multi-lingual environment, speaking English, Hebrew, and Russian.
I think the patients trusted me more. In the U.S., if you don’t have Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy, patients won’t take you seriously.


In Israel, your bosses give you as much opportunity as you want. It’s up to you to prove to them that you’re capable and able to do the job. I’m treated more as an equal than as a tool. It was there where I was able to get the experience that helped me in grad school. There I was exposed to more and actually worked with patients. Now I know how to approach the American population, but also those from other countries. I’ve learned how important the patient relationship is.

 


You said you treat patients in English, Hebrew and Russian. How are you able to do this?


Before I came on this program, I knew very minimal Hebrew. But after two weeks of ulpan and learning every day at work, on the bus to work and struggling to learn the language, I’m able to actually treat patients in three languages.


My Hebrew is still pretty minimal, but I’m able to communicate with patients and give them directions on exercises and their treatment. In a month-and-a-half of work I was able actually do this already.


And where did you learn Russian?


I grew up speaking Russian at home, and I’m really lucky that I was able to use those skills and talents in Israel. It’s not common in the U.S., at least in my experience, for my Russian to be so useful.

 

Did you have any experience working in PT before you came to Israel?


I worked at a few different clinics before. During and after college, I helped out in the sports medicine department at my college, working alongside trainers and sports doctors that treated student athletes, on both rehabilitation and injury prevention


I also worked at PT solutions, a physical therapy chain back home. I was an aid there and worked with great young physical therapists who were just a year or two out of grad school. They coached me through the grad school application process.


I mostly just observed what they did and asked as many questions as possible, but I utilized the knowledge I gained from working there in Israel.


I also volunteered at the local Jewish Home, where my grandma lives, and the hospital nearby with in-patient rehabilitation unit. I met a lot of great professionals there that actually motivated me to pursue this path even more.


So, did you defer grad school for a year to come to Israel?


No. Before I went to Israel, I started the application process and I got my first interview at NYU. I also got my first rejection letter four hours before that, so it was a nice surprise.


What was your involvement in the Jewish community, or Jewish life – if any – growing up?


I had mild involvement in Hillel on my college campus. There weren’t many Jews at my college. I also went to young professional events, and went to events at my synagogue.


I went to a modern orthodox Jewish high school and really found my Jewish identity there. I played basketball there and really felt like part of the community. Even though I was very secular, they really accepted me.


(As I said, I was really secular, so I learned a lot of traditions and values there. My parents are beginning to become more observant. They started keeping a kosher kitchen and my mom isn’t working on Shabbat anymore – she runs her own business teaching piano lessons, so it’s kind of a big step for her. My dad still wants to be secular and we’re fine this way. We have a nice Jewish balance at home and it’s nice to have Shabbat and stay at home together.


You say you grew up secular, how did you end up in a modern orthodox high school?


I got a scholarship for basketball and academics – I was really good at math and the school liked giving scholarships to kids in the community, even if they weren’t religious.


Does your connection to Israel also come from your high school experience?


I had a slight involvement in NCSY, but I’d say my Jewish involvement really increased after Taglit Birthright. I wanted to be more involved in the community. I do have some family in Israel, but really, this is my homeland. I feel more connected to Israel sometimes than the U.S.


What was it like living in Israel?


It was great because every day I was able to use my Hebrew and even if I couldn’t get my idea across, everyone knows English and can help me out. I also got to live in the city, I’ve never really lived ‘in the city’ before, so that was great. I lived with five other people, around my age, in the center of Tel Aviv!


And how did Career Israel treat you?


Career Israel was great and my madrichim (counselors/residential advisors) were great. I don’t know if you know Itzik, but he’s the best. He’s tried to help my girlfriend find a job in the U.S. so we can continue the romance after the program (she’s Canadian).


I’ve also learned a lot about myself and what I can give back to the community, as well as what the community can give me.  I made tons of new connections. That’s one of the reasons I loved Birthright. Being in a college that didn’t have much of a Jewish life – it’s what I felt like it was lacking. I was in a fraternity, I was in Hillel, I was involved in academic clubs, but I felt different. I was still a leader of all of these clubs and student groups, but I couldn’t relate to people on a deeper level.


When I told people I was coming to Israel, all of my professors told me to be careful. They didn’t understand that I felt safer in Israel than in the U.S. or in Atlanta. I feel more with my people here.

 

 

What do you think of the Leadership Summit ?


So far it’s great, I have a great group – I mean they’re not too bad (looking back at friends sitting behind us)


It’s really thought provoking and relates to something I’m personally working on. I have the tendency of not asking questions and just taking control. I’m trying to be more of a facilitator and understanding people’s perspectives. For one thing, not trying to control the conversation all the time and trying to see where they’re coming from and accept it. It’s something I was really lacking before as a student leader on campus. It made it hard for people to work with me. I’m trying to learn how to be a more adaptive leader and how to adapt to the group. You know, get a sense of personalities in the group and figure out my own role, instead of asserting myself and claiming a role first.


Something I also learned, especially from the speaker the other night, is to adapt to your audience – the people who you’re with, your coworkers. Not everything is set in stone. Things are done differently,in Israel than in the U.S. So I’m trying to find a role – it doesn’t have to be big – to try to make the group dynamic work.


How do you plan to stay involved in the Jewish community when you go back to the U.S.?


I did get a letter from the Atlanta Jewish community – the Jamie A. Tritt Family Foundation Volunteers an Action Leadership program from the Jewish Family and Career Services for the Young Adults Division of this organization to run events.


It’s very hard to tell what my involvement will be because I hope I won’t be in Atlanta for too long when I get home. I’ve always been close to the JCC there. It’s where I worked out and played basketball. It’s where my first job was; at the concession stand and then as a lifeguard. It helped me find my interests, professionally, in aquatic therapy and orthopedic therapy. That’s where it all started.


My long term goal is to open up physical therapy clinics in the U.S. and open one that’s more nonprofit in Israel, somewhere where people need access to that kind of care.
I’ve noticed here that the best care comes from private companies. There is public physical therapy but when I ask patients, they say the care isn’t here. I know it’s hard to have a clinic in Israel; that’s why I want the capital to come from running clinics in the U.S. to open something in Israel. I want to give back to the State of Israel in my own way, but it’s not easy. That’s one of the sad things about Israel: there is a struggle  for people to take risks and in order to take those risks and be successful you have to have the large amount of capital.


That’s what I want to give back to Israel – my knowledge of medicine – to help those going through something traumatic – get back to the way of life that they want.

 

Is there anything else you wantto share about your Masa Israel experience?

 

Growing up I had a communication disorder – I guess that’s what you call you it – I stuttered. Ever since I was in junior high I tried to put myself out there to overcome it so I could become a leader. I’ve always looked up to leaders – activists, politicians, etc. I worked really hard to overcome it. It still comes up when I’m really nervous like in job interviews and stuff.


Because of it, I’m always taking a strong role and working harder than the person next to me, putting in hours of preparation. This is what sort of made me a leader. This attribute that I thought I was lacking – I wanted to be able to be out spoken and be able to be a leader and inspire people to get out there and take action. It’s very important to me because growing up you get ridiculed for that. Now that I’m older I try to be eloquent and stand up for the people who can’t’ speak for themselves. So, that’s something that’s always been something close to my heart and every chance I get I try to work on it.


For example, the first day of the conference I volunteered to speak in front of 250 plus people. I try to get over that fear – it’s there for you to overcome it and it’s just another thing I’ve had to face in my life.


Also, and more related to the community thing, I tried getting extra scholarship from the Atlanta Jewish Federation, because I’d heard that some Federations do that, but they don’t give it. I found it very strange since it’s an affluent community. That’s something I’m trying to make happen because so many young people in Atlanta leave the community, but if they contribute more to this, these people will come back to Atlanta and give back to the community.