Project Otzma returnee radiates enthusiasm

Project Otzma returnee radiates enthusiasm

Project Otzma returnee radiates enthusiasm

January 25, 2012

Excited as she prepared for Project Otzma, Arielle Waite, back from Israel for about a month when she dropped into the Voice office, was even more enthused upon her recent return.
“I saw so much, I did so much, I learned so much … there were so many coincidences,” said the tall, animated young woman, talking almost non-stop about her Otzma experience.
 
The biggest coincidence?
 
Her first time in Israel was in June 2006 as part of a Birthright contingent. “We went on the March of the Living, and I had just left Poland and arrived in Israel when Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas. … What a terrible day.” Back in Israel for the first time since that trip, she was also in Israel on Oct. 18, 2011 the day that the young Israeli soldier, released from captivity in Gaza, returned home.
 
“It was unbelievable,” Waite said. “That entire day of Shalit’s return all of Israel focused on him — his experiences in captivity and his arrival back home…We refused to think of the prisoners released to Hamas for his freedom until the day after.”
 
Project Otzma brings 20-25- year-old Diaspora Jews to Israel for approximately a year of intense service and leadership training under the aegis of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Waite, whose mother Lynn Waite lives in Marlton, was selected as an “Otzmanik” by the Department of Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey following a series of interviews. The South Jersey Federation also helped to subsidize her participation in the program.
 

WUJS helps Houstonian find work experience, connections to Israel

WUJS helps Houstonian find work experience, connections to Israel

WUJS helps Houstonian find work experience, connections to Israel

January 19, 2012

A program for post-college graduates in Israel is providing a Houston native with valuable work experience, travel opportunities and the chance to connect with her Jewishness and Israeli society.
Arielle Lothman, 21, currently lives in Tel Aviv and works as a human resources intern at Yukon Software Services. The recent graduate of Texas State University received the volunteer job as a key component of her participation in Young Judaea’s WUJS program.
 
“I’ve really enjoyed going to work every morning,” said Lothman, who is four months into her half-year stay in Israel. “The people I work with are great. It’s a young company and staffed with people from all over the world.”
 
Lothman said that the job has given her a much-desired entry point for a career in HR. The work has been meaningful. She has created and posted online job descriptions, aimed at attracting native Israelis, as well as new immigrants to Israel. She has helped filter resumes and has overseen the company’s social media profiles.
 

Top-Notch College Grads Forgo US Job Search to Teach in Israel

Top-Notch College Grads Forgo US Job Search to Teach in Israel

January 24, 2012

Following a successful pilot year that placed 68 North American young adults as volunteer teachers’ aides in Israeli public schools, Masa Israel Journey has opened 200 spots for next year’s Israel Teaching Fellows (ITF) program.
Launched by Israel’s Ministry of Education and Masa Israel Journey, ITF was created to address the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income communities. Masa Israel Journey is a joint project of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Government of Israel, which runs service, internship and academic programs in Israel.
 
With the US’s lingering economic challenges, ITF has seen a surge in applications from high caliber recent college graduates who are forgoing the job search for meaningful service opportunities abroad.
 
Following a two-year stint in healthcare, Harvard graduate Julia Kingsdale left Boston to teach in Israel’s periphery. “There’s something sort of spontaneous, albeit chaotic, about Israel,” said Kingsdale. “Teaching in Israel requires a mindset shift where you can’t intensely plan every detail; you need to focus on the situation at hand, which is something I find really refreshing.”
 
For Teach for America alumnus Chris Harty, who taught in Southern Louisiana, the Israeli classroom experience has expanded his professional insights. “I came to Israel because I wanted to see how a different education system works,” said Harty. “I’ve learned that in Israel, students can run through the hallways and still show up to class on time and ready to learn.”
 
In addition to teaching for 20 hours a week, Teaching Fellows receive ongoing pedagogical support, enroll in Hebrew courses, live alongside peers in their communities, and develop secondary volunteer programs.
 
After teaching John Lennon’s “Imagine” to his class, Emory-graduate Brian Levenson volunteered to prepare a few of his students to sing it at their school-wide talent show. Kingsdale, who now wants to pursue a career in teaching, is launching an after-school reading program.
 
“Today one of my students, who could barely identify English letters at the beginning of the year, matched colors with their English words,” said Levenson. “It feels good to make a difference.”
 
For more information about Israel Teaching Fellows, visit: www.israelteachingfellows.org. To speak with an Israel Teaching Fellow from your community, contact Masa Israel’s North American Director of Public Relations Rachel Trager Sales at (212) 339-6048, (917) 371-5569 or racheltr@masaisrael.org.
 

She'arim College of Jewish Studies for Women

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Program Description

She'arim College of Jewish Studies for Women offers an exceptional approach to education that combines personalized teaching, textual study skills and an integrative approach to personal growth. She'arim relates to each student as a unique person, individualizing schedules and classes as necessary. The hallmark of She'arim is the fostering of a close student-teacher relationship, the building of skills and incentive to continue learning, as well as strengthening the ability to connect with the spiritual side of Judaism. 
 
As a school run by women for women, She'arim has a special flavor to it. She'arim has an amazing atmosphere of mutual cooperation, concern, encouragement and growth. It offers full range of Jewish studies including Torah, Prophets, Halacha, Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew Ulpan and Jewish history in both lecture and chevruta format.

For Alumni

For Alumni

Once you sign up for a Masa Israel program, you’re always a member of the Masa Israel Community! When you return home from your program, you can become involved with the Masa Israel Alumni Community, a network of young Jewish adults like you who’ve had a long term experience in Israel and want to stay connected to their friends, to their experience, to Israel, and to Jewish life.
 
The Alumni Community serves as a platform for Jewish leadership by connecting alumni to jobs, resources for professional development, service opportunities and leadership training. 
 
Masa Israel Journey is committed to keeping our growing alumni community connected and informed about service and career development opportunities, educational programs and more. To learn more about these opportunities and ways to get involved, join the Masa Israel Community site
 

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Israel Way: Tel Aviv Internship

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Program Description

5-month English-language internship program in Tel Aviv, Israel's Capital of Cool! 13 beaches, trendy restaurants and pubs, open-air markets, and non-stop culture with an international young crowd of people your age from more than 23 different countries. Make new friends, boost your career, and develop personally and professionally near the Mediterranean Sea where summer lasts 10 months long!

 

On this program you will receive: a co-ed furnished apartment shared with other participants on the program, an unpaid internship in your area of interest, unlimited public bus transportation in Tel Aviv, monthly volunteer activities, Israeli medical insurance, weekly educational meet-ups and monthly organized group trips.

 

Internship opportunities are available in hundreds of fields including business, finance, high-tech, marketing, advertising, communications, the arts, non-profit and more.

 

Check Out Our Internship Video!

 


For more information, contact:

info@destinationisrael.com
ISRAEL 972732313990
USA 8883519897
CAN  8662696889

 

 

Tel Aviv University International MA in Environmental Studies

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Program Description

The Porter School of Environmental Studies’ new International MA Program provides candidates with an intensive multidisciplinary insight into environmental studies with an emphasis on Israel’s unique geographic and geopolitical setting. It takes place over one year (3 semesters), full time and is taught in English.
 
Students on the program study a broad selection of environmental subjects, through core courses and a range of electives, to gain insight into Israel’s environmental history both as an individual nation and as part of the greater Middle East region. In parallel to a broad overview, an emphasis is placed on water, exposing the students to the scientific, legal and policy aspects of one of Israel’s most critical environmental issues. The program covers topics such as marine conservation, river rehabilitation and coastal management, and also looks at water as a political issue and how understanding water as a shared resource is key to coexistence in the region.
 
Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies, which will prepare them for careers in a wide variety of environmental sectors, including environmental policy consulting, positions in national and international non-governmental organizations, environmental education, civil service, environmental specialists in industry, and more.
 

The MA in Environmental Studies is open to candidates of all ages.  Students above the age of 30 may still apply for the program, but will not be eligible for Masa grants and scholarships.

 

 

Highlights

As part of the elective course offerings, students are invited to apply for an internship position with one of Israel’s leading environmental organizations, working in fields such as environmental advocacy, environmental planning, social justice, transportation and green architecture.
 
The International MA Program in Environmental Studies also offers a concentration in Business and the Environment. The concentration allows environmental studies students to complement their coursework with business management classes. This concentration is a cooperative effort of the Porter School of Environmental Studies, the Sofaer International MBA Program and the Akirov Institute for Business and the Environment.
 
 
 

Career Israel

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Program Description

  1. Career Israel is a five month professional internship program open to college and university graduates from all over the world.
  2. A professional internship in Israel is an impressive and prestigious addition to your resume and will enhance your career. Professional Development assistance is provided both before and at the end of the program as well.
  3. Enhance your resume. Advance your career. Do it in Israel.
 
Career Israel offers accommodations in the largest economic centers of Israel: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. For more details on the Career Israel location options, click here.

 

For more information, contact:

Rachel Skoff (p) +972-2-621-6147 RachelS@IsraelExperience.org
 

 

 

Destination Israel: Career Growth (English)

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Program Description

This 5-month English-language internship program gives you the opportunity to live like a local near Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Sea.  Grow personally and professionally with other international people your age from more than 23 different countries. Gain valuable work experience in an unpaid internship in your field of choice, travel Israel, learn more about the culture and history of this beautiful land, and learn Modern Israeli Hebrew.

 

Beginning with our August 2016 session, accommodations are located in Jaffa/Yaffo! Live in an apartment just 5 minutes from the shuk and a short 10 minute stroll to the sea in a trendy part of the city, close to all the shops, restaurants, and pubs that Israelis love to see and be seen in!

 

On this program you will receive: a co-ed furnished apartment shared with other participants on the program, an unpaid internship in your area of interest, unlimited public bus transportation for your area, monthly volunteer activities in the community, Israeli medical insurance, weekly educational meet-ups and monthly organized group trips.

 

Internship opportunities are available in hundreds of fields including business, finance, high-tech, marketing, advertising, communications, the arts, non-profit and more.

 

Check Out Our Internship Video!

 

 

For more information, contact:

info@destinationisrael.com
o ISRAEL 972732313990
USA 8883519897
CAN  8662696889

 

Hebrew University- Iberian & Latin American Studies and the Middle East- Graduate Non-Degree Program

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Program Description

This special graduate semester program, taught in Spanish, explores the relationship between Israel and Latin America.  The program provides tools for understanding the relations between the two regions from  comprehensive, interdisciplinary perspectives, including religious issues, migratory movements, cultural contacts, mutual commerce and trade, current literary trends, political participation of minorities, and social inclusion and exclusion.
 
The program also includes courses in English, Spanish and Hebrew, the possibility of internships in public or private organizations, participation in research projects and fieldwork, tutorials with professors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, meetings with public figures and private seminars for Israeli and Arab researchers, meetings with guest professors from prestigious universities abroad, and extracurricular activities.
 

For more information, contact:

972-2-5883482