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Conference for Jewish Young Adults in Israel Brings 400 Emerging Leaders Together

Conference for Jewish Young Adults in Israel Brings 400 Emerging Leaders Together

Conference for Jewish Young Adults in Israel Brings 400 Emerging Leaders Together

March 15, 2012

Masa Israel Journey’s Building Future Leadership program, in partnership with JFNA and Hillel, trains young Jewish adults volunteering, interning and studying in Israel to become change agents in their Jewish communities worldwide.
(Jerusalem, Israel) -- Next week, 400 Jewish young adults from countries throughout the world will participate in Building Future Leadership (BFL), Masa Israel’s annual weeklong leadership conference in Israel. Following an intensive application process in which they exhibited their passion for Israel and their Jewish communities, these individuals will gain the tools they need to become positive and inspiring change agents back home.
 
In response to young adults’ demands for continued engagement following their Israel experiences, Masa Israel, a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, has created BFL to motivate and prepare exceptional participants to become the leaders in their campus Hillels and in their local Masa alumni communities. JFNA's Mandel Center and Hillel are both playing central roles in the conference, focusing on training Masa Israel participants for involvement once they return to the USA and Canada.
 
“Being in BFL gave me time to reflect on my Israel experiences and then create a proactive plan to ignite others’ passion for Israel,” said Elana Weil, who studied abroad at the University of Haifa through Masa Israel Journey.  “Back on campus, I jumped into Israel advocacy, organizing workshops, bringing relevant speakers, and advising my peers about finding the best ways for them to spend time in Israel.” Following college, Weil became the Masa Israel Federation Fellow at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. She is also a young professional liaison for AIPAC in the Boston area.
 
Over the course of the week, participants explore the topics of entrepreneurship, social activism, mentoring and coaching, and communication. BFL has one track for gap year participants and one for post-college participants, with special seminars geared toward participants from the different international regions, including North America, Latin America, the Former Soviet Union, and France, in order to focus on their specific concerns. President Shimon Peres will address the participants at the opening gala.
 
"We're seeing an increasing number of Birthright alumni coming back to Israel on Masa Israel programs," said Avi Rubel, Masa Israel's North American Director. "Especially for these participants, Masa Israel's BFL is a critical training ground for future activism and leadership."
 
Through Masa Israel’s partnership with Hillel, gap year participants will be pipelined into leadership positions at their new campus Hillels. Post-college participants will be pipelined into Federation and Jewish communal jobs and Masa Israel’s burgeoning alumni division’s programs, including the Masa Israel Federation Fellows, Masa Israel/PresenTense entrepreneurship courses, and social, educational, and cultural alumni committees.
 
The Building Future Leadership program will take place in Jerusalem from March 18 – 22, 2011. To speak with Building Future Leadership participants from your community, contact Masa Israel’s Director of Public Relations, Rachel Trager Sales at racheltr@masaisrael.org.

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A Toast With Masa Israel Alumni at TribeFest

A Toast With Masa Israel Alumni at TribeFest

March 25, 2012 - 20:30  -  March 25, 2012 - 22:30

Venetian HotelLas Vegas, NV  - 

Kick off the TribeFest celebrations with a toast alongside other Masa Israel alumni.
Indulge in champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, meet other fabulous young professionals who are passionate about Israel, and find out what’s in store for the alumni community nationwide. Free for Masa Israel alumni!
 
Visit the Masa Israel booth at TribeFest to RSVP and get the event location.

TribeFest Session: Take on Israel - Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel Alumni

TribeFest Session: Take on Israel - Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel Alumni

March 27, 2012 - 09:30  -  March 27, 2012 - 10:30

Veronese 2502 - Venetian HotelLas Vegas, NV  - 

Take on Israel: Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel alumni will feature 3 - 4 young North Americans who’ve spent time living and working in Israel and the original films and photography they created during their immersion experience. 
See Israel through the eyes of these young adults as they experience living in Israel for the first time. Learn about their challenges, successes and the questions raised during their time in Israel - from issues of religion and state, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to everyday life, these authentic, personal views of Israel will present nuanced perspective and set the stage for open discussion.

New Jersey Jewish Standard: Meeting a teaching challenge: Jewish Americans spend ten months in Israel's toughest schools

New Jersey Jewish Standard: Meeting a teaching challenge: Jewish Americans spend ten months in Israel's toughest schools

March 9, 2012

Like the majority of 75 Israel Teaching Fellows, Samuel Azner of Hackensack discovered the Jewish homeland through a 10-day Birthright trip and wanted to return for a longer stay. 
Now he is more than halfway through a pilot 10-month service program conceived to provide English teachers in underprivileged communities. “My background is in criminal justice, and I worked with children in Toledo and Michigan, and then in an adult special-needs program in Wayne, where I grew up,” said the 25-year-old. “Then I found myself out of work, came to Israel, and found out about this program.”
 
Now he and 22 others are teaching 20 hours a week in Netanya, while the others are working at schools in Rehovot, Ramle-Lod, Rishon LeZion, and Petach Tikva. Each are paid just $1,000 to participate. Expenses are picked up by the sponsoring Israeli Ministry of Education and Masa Israel Journey.
 
Israel Teaching Fellows is the newest of Masa Israel’s many “immersive service opportunities that allow young adults to impact Israel in a sustainable way while having a genuine Israel and Jewish experience,” said the organization’s North American director, Avi Rubel. About 11,000 post-college students are in Israel this year participating in 16 Masa Israel service programs.