Op-ed: A Weekend in the West Bank

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This past weekend I visited the West Bank (or if you prefer, Judea and Samaria) through my participation in the Israel Government Fellows program run by the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. For two days the Israel Government Fellows enjoyed informative meetings with Palestinian Arabs and Jewish settlers. We visited Hebron, Efrat, Shilo, and Eli.
 

Until when can I apply for a grant?

Until when can I apply for a grant?

Requests for grants, including all required documents, must be submitted no later than your program’s halfway point. Requests for needs-based scholarships must be submitted no later than 60 days before the program’s offical start date (or if an exception has been made, no later than one day before the program’s start date).

Op-ed: March for Freedom: We are Refugees

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While living in Israel, Masa participants engage in all facets of Israeli society. Some volunteers and interns choose to work with the asylum seeker population of Israel.
 

Social Entrepreneurship in the Galilee

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By Alisa Wills, on Masa Israel's SEE Galilee program
 
Before having ever stepped foot in Israel, I signed up for a long-term program without a second thought. I wish I could say I knew about the culture, had family and friends here, and new what I was getting myself into.
 

About Hummus and Identity

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By Deborah Malheiro, Yahel Social Change Program
 
The first time I came to Israel was almost four years ago. I arrived in the house of an Israeli guy that I had met in Argentina who would eventually become my boyfriend.
 
 

Maguen

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Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

Realizing the Dream: Ariel Sharon's Speech at Masa's Launching Event in 2005

Realizing the Dream: Ariel Sharon's Speech at Masa's Launching Event in 2005

Realizing the Dream: Ariel Sharon's Speech at Masa's Launching Event in 2005

January 4, 2014

It is not every day that a man sees his dream beginning to be realized.
Two years ago, I announced at the GA Conference that I had a dream that every Jew would visit Jerusalem at least once, and that I believe that we must set the goal that every Jewish youngster would live here for at least one year during their lifetime.
 
Today, we launch the Masa project. Today, we are taking a giant step towards realizing that dream. Today, we are taking a giant step towards the time when living in Israel for a period of time will be an inseparable part of the life of every Jewish youngster around the world, just as the land of Israel is an inseparable part of our identities as Jews.
 
I am a Jew, and for me,  being a Jew is the most important thing.  I view it as my personal responsibility, as a Jew and as Prime Minister of the Jewish state, to ensure the future of the Jewish people for the next thirty years, the next 300 years, and G-d willing, the next 3,000 years. The Masa Project is part of the actualization of the State of Israel's commitment to the future of the Jewish people.  It is a mission which the Government of Israel, every government - today and in the future must see as one of its most important goals.
 
The Philistines and the Romans are ancient history. However, the descendants of King David's warriors established Kibbutz Beit Guvrin here behind you 56 years ago, where there is an advanced factory producing polymers used in various industries. In the area surrounding us, there are vines which produce excellent wines, and wineries which preserve historical Biblical names, such as Tzora and Kela David.  Located approximately 10 kilometers from here is the Intel Factory in Kiryat Gat, where the descendants of Bar Kochba's warriors produce the advanced processors found in millions of computers worldwide. On this land, where the kings and prophets walked, today walk scientists and writers, inventors and industrialitsts, members of the military, and farmers.  This is the uniqueness of the Land of Israel - it has a glorious past, a promising present, and together with you, a bright future.
 
Out of the hundreds of students who are here, such as Rina Goldberg from Canada and Olga Zayetzevah from Belarus who study at the Hebrew University, will certainly emerge the best scientists and Nobel Laureates of the future. The future leaders of Israel and the Diaspora will emerge from your ranks, such as Robin, who spoke here earlier, and immediately following this event will fly back to the United States to be a counselor at a Jewish summer camp. From your ranks will emerge the mutual guarantee between all sectors of the Jewish nation, which finds expression in the adoption of the children's house in Netanya by the pupils of the "Shalem" group of Young Judea, and in the work with children suffering with head injuries in Kfar Maccabiah, which the pupils of "World Maccabi" from Latin America overtook. And you, Tal Avneri, who flies every week from Kibbutz Ktora in the Arava to Metullah in order to participate in ice hockey practice- perhaps, thank you to you, Israel, which has already established its standing as a powerhouse in European basketball and Judo, will excel in this sport as well.
 
The possibilities open to you in Israel today are limitless.
 
I am very pleased that you chose to participate in this journey (Masa). I am certain that, for most of you, this will be the most important journey of your lives.  I hope to see you all here, with us, in the State of Israel. This is the most important thing we need. If, in the meantime, you choose not to make Aliyah...I hope you wil decide to make Aliyah, but if in the meanwhile you decide not to make Aliyah, I hope to see you as activists and community leaders. I believe that the Masa Project will grow and succeed, and I hope to see in the future, tens and hundreds of thousands of young Jews journey to their land - a journey in Israel.
 
And remember - we need you, all of you. We always did. Today, we need you more than ever. More than ever.
 
Thank you.
 
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was central in the founding of Masa Israel Journey and presented these remarks at Masa Israel's launching event in 2005.
 

Jewish Leadership Starts with Jewish Values

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By Nicole Hertzberg, Israel Teaching Fellow in Petach Tikva
 
Before the Masa Israel Leadership Summit, I felt that my resume did not indicate extensive Jewish leadership.  In high school I was involved in BBYO, but I never held any significant positions.  In college, my involvement with Jewish organizations consisted of attending Shabbat dinners at Hillel and attending a few “American Movement for Israel” meetings if I had the time.
 

Five common New Year’s resolutions and how to actually keep them this year

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We’ve come to that time in the (Gregorian) calendar when we take a moment to stop, reflect on the previous 365 days, and make promises to ourselves to become better people in the year to come. Though these promises are made with the best of intentions, New Year’s resolutions are notoriously easy to break--research shows that just 8% of us actually succeed in achieving our New Year’s Resolutions. 
 
Want to finally join that elite 8% this year?
 

More than a Sandcastle

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I initially wanted to attend the fall Masa Israel Leadership Summit for a few superficial reasons, the comfortable beds, nice shower and abundance of free food.  Spending the last four months in a cramped apartment in Ashdod made the summit impossible to pass up.  Most of what I expected to gain was a full belly, a few good nights' rest and clean hair.