Hebrew University - MA in Jewish Education


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


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. 

Hebrew University - MA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies


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


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). 

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?



6 things Kim Kardashian should do in Tel Aviv

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

Time to Re-Lod!

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First stop on our tour: some really old ruins in Lod! Circa 1000 years ago I think?


By Rebecca Taranto, Israel Way: Eilat Hotel Experience Intern 


Did I mean to say “re-load” instead of "Re-Lod?" No, I did not! Lod (pronounced “load”) is a city in Israel and Re-Lod is the name of a project whose mission is to revitalize the city through the power of the people.


How to Get (Back) to Israel in 3 Easy Steps: Step 2

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By Allie Bernstein, Career Israel Intern


This is Part 2 of a three-part blog series. To read Part 1, click here


Did you know that you – yes, you! – can actually make your dream of spending months in Israel a reality?



Morgan Kaczor

Morgan Kaczor

West Coast Regional Director