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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Destination Israel: 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
 

Tel Aviv University International MA in Migration Studies

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Program Description

Filling a void in universities in Israel, the Middle East and around the globe, the International MA Program in Migration Studies is an interdisciplinary, one year graduate degree focused on international migration. Taught by experts in the field at one of the world’s leading Social Sciences Faculty, this program brings the experience of a country that was built on migrants into the classroom. Practical courses give students the opportunity to expand their real-life skills and expertise to pursue careers in public policy, international affairs, politics, academia, and non-profits.
 
With courses ranging from Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Legal and Ethical Issues, and Ethnic Identification in the Context of Migration, students get to experience this field through multiple lenses in order to fully explore the complexities of these issues. Through this program, our diverse student body gains the theories, tools and hands-on experience to explore the newest trends, compare immigration policies and debate some of the most controversial issues in today’s globalized world.

Highlights

Earn an MA in one intensive year.
Be part of an international and diverse student body
Understand the issues of migration from an interdisciplinary approach 
Learn from exceptional professors and leading experts in the field
Understand the global complexities of migration through the local context of Israel 
Get hands-on experience and practical tools through internships and organized   
              trips
 

For more information, contact:

 
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ART-TEL-Hebrew Language as a Culture (Milhauz)

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Program Description

“Art-Tel: Hebrew language as culture” program offers an opportunity to study Hebrew professionally, effectively and efficiently. A fast pace of studying and the effectiveness of the educational process is achieved through combining an intensive course of Hebrew,  courses of the language history, the language structure, the language’s influence on culture, modern Israeli literature and other disciplines. The “Art-Tel” program also includes political science and journalism lectures, tours around Israel, volunteer work and entertaining meetings with Israeli students. The program’s participants live in comfortable apartments in the center of Ramat Gan, with convenient transport nearby and it takes only 20 minutes on a bike to arrive at the seaside.
 
For whom:
- For those, who would like to quickly and effectively to master the basics of Hebrew.
- For those, who are interested in Jewish and Israeli culture and the connection between language and culture.
- For those, who are interested in interacting with Israel and getting acquainted with the Israeli.

Highlights

- Living and studying in the economic and cultural centre of Israel. You'll be in the middle of the action, with easy and comfortable travel to any part of Israel, while combining studying, working and recreation on a daily basis.
- Live in spacious, furnished, 3-4 room, fully applianced apartments will allow you to fully enjoy the experience of an independent life in Tel Aviv.
- High quality complete course of Hebrew. The course of Hebrew lasts through the whole program. We offer an individual approach, groups of different levels, 350 hours within 5 months.