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Global Jewish Voice: The Holy Land Myth

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By Ellen Brown, Eco-Israel
 
But of course! Just because it’s in in Israel does not mean that it is inherently Jewish.
 

Masa Alumni Hebrew Conversation Club

Masa Alumni Hebrew Conversation Club

March 14, 2012 - 19:30  -  March 14, 2012 - 21:00

Moishe House DUMBOBrooklyn, NY  - 

Practice your Hebrew while making mishloah manot, Purim baskets for friends!
If you are interested in practicing your language skills in an informal setting while delighting in Purim delicacies come join us for our second Ivrit meet-up.  Food and drink will be served, and (Hebrew) dialogue encouraged.  
 
Spots are limited. RSVP to reserve your place.
 
Once you register, you will receive the Moishe House Dumbo's address by email.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Masa Israel's Director of Alumni Rachel Trager Sales at racheltr@masaisrael.org.    
 

Out in full force at AIPAC's Policy Conference

<div class="masa-blog-title">Out in full force at AIPAC's Policy Conference</div>

By Avi Rubel, Masa Israel North American Director
 
Masa Israel was proud to be out in full force at AIPAC's Policy Conference this week in Washington, DC.
 
Of the more than 13,000 participants there were approximately 2,000 young adults--a very large number of them Masa Israel alumni.
 
It is wonderful to see that the growth in Masa participation is leading
 

Masa alumni Hebrew conversation club comes to Brooklyn!

<div class="masa-blog-title">Masa alumni Hebrew conversation club comes to Brooklyn!</div>

By Rachel Sales, Masa Israel Director of Alumni and Public Relations
 
This past week, Moishe House DUMBO and the Masa Israel alumni culture committee launched the bimonthly Hebrew conversation club.
 
Over delicious borekas, pita and hummus, we got excited for Purim–describing our past celebrations in Israel and trading ideas about mishloah manot.
 

Ynet: American Jews teach Israeli kids English

Ynet: American Jews teach Israeli kids English

March 6, 2012

Young adults from US Jewish communities teach their mother tongue in Israeli schools while learning about State of Israel, strengthening bond between world Jews.
Petah Tikva's Yad Lebanim elementary school acts under the banner of excellence and courtesy and emphasizes these issues among its students. In addition, the school has chosen to break the language barrier by having native English speakers teach its students English.
 
These studies were made possible thanks to the Masa project, which brings young Americans to Israel to voluntarily teach English in schools across the country.
 
Some 70 young Americans have arrived in Israel for this purpose and will stay in the country for a year.
 
Masa is a joint project of the government and the Jewish Agency together with the Education Ministry.
 
According to Jewish Agency Deputy Chairman Rani Trainin, the Masa project brings thousands of young adults from Jewish communities to Israel for a period of voluntary work.
 
"Many Masa participants make a significant contribution to education in Israel by teaching English and other subjects, thereby helping increase the level of education in the country while strengthening the interrelation between Israeli youth and Diaspora youth and the partnership between the State of Israel and the world's Jewry."
 

Alexis Gitman

Alexis Gitman

Tel Aviv University MA in TESOL
New Jersey native Alexis Gitman has always loved the theatrical arts.
 
After completing a Fine Arts degree at Rutgers University, she worked as a freelance stage manager for plays, musicals, operas and dance shows, and even spent a year as an events planner in the casinos of Atlantic City. But beyond the glamor of the stage, she felt drawn to another calling — teaching.
 
While working toward a Master's in order to teach English, a Birthright Israel trip opened her eyes to the possibility of teaching it to speakers of foreign languages instead. "I realized that we're becoming increasingly global, and right now, English is the world's primary language of communication," Alexis says. "Communication is at the basis of understanding — it is how we get to know the 'other.' And it's at the heart of the arts."
 
Within 24 hours of landing in the U.S. after her Birthright experience, she found TAU's Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and applied.
 
As part of the program, Alexis works two to three days a week at a high school in Holon helping students to better their English skills — an experience that she finds tremendously rewarding, noting that speakers of other languages are often highly motivated to learn English, and make for enthusiastic students. And the freedom of choosing her own lesson plan allows for a great deal of creativity, she says. As long as students are learning the language, just about all topics and activities are welcome in her classroom.
 
Though the course has a demanding schedule that combines class time and teaching experience, Alexis feels lucky to be learning in such an inspiring environment. "The staff is globally known in the field of linguistics. They are at the top of the field and very passionate about what they do. Really, it's an honor to work with them."
 
Once she finishes her Masters, she'll pursue a teaching certificate. In the long-term, she hopes to combine her passions for teaching and theatre at schools that are oriented towards the arts, where she can teach the English language through drama programs.

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