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

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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 Israel Studies: Politics and Society

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Program Description

Offered in conjunction with the Departments of Political Science and of Sociology and Anthropology.
 
This one year program is designed for students who are interested in Israeli politics and society, providing them with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to the study of Israel, including the study of history, politics, anthropology, culture and religion. Graduates may pursue careers in foreign affairs, NGOs, journalism, and academia. 
 
Courses from the M.A. program in Israel Studies are also open to visiting graduate students on a one year or semester basis.  
  
The M.A. program consists of 42 credits over three consecutive semesters (16 credits are required courses + 18 credits are elective courses and 8 credits in seminar papers). Students will be expected to conclude all courses for credit with a grade based on either an exam or written paper. Two of these papers must be seminar papers (4 credits each). 
 
 

Hebrew University - MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

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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

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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.
 
 

Hebrew University - MA in Jewish Education

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Program Description

The study program focuses on the following general areas:
o Social Sciences, Jewish Identity, and Informal Education
o Philosophy of Jewish Education
o Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry 
o Study programs with Jewish content
o Management and Innovation
There are also three other concentrations of study: 
o Israel Studies 
o Jewish Studies
o Informal Education
 
Students with a good knowledge of Hebrew may also take graduate-level courses taught in Hebrew through the Melton Centre for Jewish Education, as well as elective graduate courses offered in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences.  
 
In addition to the formal program, students are invited to participate in the wide variety of events and programs offered by the Melton Centre, including seminars, forums, and conferences, as well as personally interacting with members of the Melton faculty. 
 
 

Hebrew University - MA in Bible & teh Ancient Near East

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Program Description

Offered in conjunction with the Department of Bible and the Institute of Archaeology and the Ancient Near East
   
This two-year program is designed for students who wish to study contemporary Biblical (Hebrew scriptures) studies, providing grounding in Biblical as well as Modern Hebrew. Students specialize in one of two tracks: 
 
1. The Bible: Cultural and Historical Context. In this specialization, students study the historical, cultural, and geographical context in which the Bible was composed, as well as its impact on later cultural and historical contexts and events.  
 
2. The Bible and the Ancient Near East. In addition to studying the Bible in its immediate regional context, students acquire a sound knowledge of the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, including the study of Akkadian. (Students may also choose to study other ancient languages, such as Egyptian, Ugartic, or Greek.)  
 
The M.A. program consists of 42 credits over four consecutive semesters, including required courses in Biblical Hebrew, Akkadian, History and Culture of the Ancient Near East, and Introduction to Biblical Literature, as well as elective courses and tutorials. Group tutorials are offered in Biblical Aramaic and Targum Onqalos. 
 

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?

 

 

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USA TODAY: The changing culture of the 'Israeli internship'

USA TODAY: The changing culture of the 'Israeli internship'

USA TODAY: The changing culture of the 'Israeli internship'

January 9, 2015

By Adam Gerstenfeld

 

"Institutions like Masa Israel and Israel Experience have quickly sprouted up across the country looking to capitalize on this niche field.

Adi Barel, director of career development programs for Masa Israel, says the typical Israeli student sees the internship as another step in the advancement process of their chosen career path. American students, on the other hand, might use an internship to explore a number of potential job markets.

 

'Traditionally, there are a few fields – law, medicine, psychology, accounting, maybe a few others – in which [Israeli] students must do a stage apprenticeship upon graduating from university,' says Barel, 'Otherwise, Israeli culture was not that familiar with internships until five or six years ago.'"

 

Read the whole article on USA TODAY's website

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