Posted April 5th, 2011
By Jennifer Perchonok, Otzma
One summer when working at camp, I was sitting with an older staff who I had grown up with and always admired for his outgoing personality and strong connection to the Jewish World. It was the beginning of the summer and we were catching up about our lives outside of camp. I’m not sure what I was telling him, but he started telling me about the life changing year he had just had abroad on a program called OTZMA.
Masa Israel Journey is leading the way in connecting “the next generation” of Jewish young adults to Israel through internship, volunteer and leadership development experiences. In 2010-2011 alone, Masa Israel brought over 10,000 Jews to Israel for a minimum of five months, and we have more than 55,000 alumni around the world.
Posted March 31st, 2011
Here are some words from Lisa Heller, a recent WUJS graduate who returned earlier this month to chaperone a Birthright program.
In the fall of 2009, after being laid off in the bad economy, I decided to return to Israel for an extended program through Masa Israel Journey, the umbrella organization for long-term programs in Israel.
Building Future Leadership Conference – Impressions from a Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa participant">Building Future Leadership Conference – Impressions from a Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa participant
Posted March 29th, 2011
Four Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa participants recently attended Masa’s Building Future Leadership conference in Jerusalem. Here’s what Katie, a 10 month Coexistence track volunteer, had to say about the experience:
I recently spent a week with five hundred young Jews who are committed to improving the global Jewish community.
Repair Interview: Shoshana Wineburg and the Yahel Social Change Program">Repair Interview: Shoshana Wineburg and the Yahel Social Change Program
Posted March 7th, 2011
Yahel is a new and exciting addition to the world of Jewish service (and also a Repair the World grantee). Founded by Dana Talmi, the organization, which is less than a year old, is already making huge strides in promoting service in Israel.
Posted March 3rd, 2011
By Rebecca Crystal, Dance Journey
This past week was only a half-week of dancing, and then we went on a trip to Jerusalem for Wednesday and Thursday. Though I’ve been there six or seven times before, I never fail to be struck with awe at the beauty and complexity of this amazing city. The day we went to the Western Wall, it was sunny and beautiful. I really enjoyed being there with some of my non-Jewish friends here–it seemed l
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Congratulations! You’ve chosen a program, your bags are packed, and you’re ready to take the next step on your Masa Israel Journey.
As you prepare to join more than 10,000 young Jewish adults from 42 countries who are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime, we encourage you to take a look at the adventures that await you. Join the Masa Israel Community at community.masaisrael.org and share your excitement with fellow participants from your program and all the other programs. Connect with alumni from previous years to get advice before, during, and after your trip.
The Masa Israel Community offers additional seminars, concerts, lectures, and other extracurricular activities throughout the year. Add another dimension to your program, build new networks, and reconnect with old friends.
Sandstorms and Kibbutniks: Israeli Society Shabbaton">Sandstorms and Kibbutniks: Israeli Society Shabbaton
Posted February 21st, 2011
Post courtesy of Tikkun Olam Tel Aviv-Jaffa
This past Shabbat, three of our volunteers joined the Masa community for a Shabbaton hosted by Kibbutz Kranim in the Northern Negev. The weekend opened with a tour of two Bedouin villages in the Negev and a discussion of modern Bedouin culture, led by Bustan, a NGO that works for cooperation and social justice with Bedouin and Jewish communities in the Negev.