Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

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Program Description

Volunteer or intern for 5 or 10 months and learn about the issues facing Israeli society, on the only post-college program with Israeli participants in the group. Work with refugees from Darfur and Eritrea, Arab-Jewish coexistence, and much more. Learn Hebrew, travel around Israel and get to know the country and society better than you ever thought possible.
 
Tikkun Olam's Coexistence Track seeks to build mutual understanding between Jews and Arabs in the diverse communities of Jaffa through volunteer work and education, and by focusing locally on the issues facing Jews and Arabs in Israel today. The Social Action Track will immerse you in the multicultural communities of southern Tel Aviv in which you volunteer and study, offering a first-hand perspective into the struggling neighborhoods of South Tel Aviv.
 
The new Internship Track will enable you to gain valuable career experience in the non-profit sector, while making a difference for Israel's disadvantaged populations and learning about the complex issues facing Israeli society. 
 

For more information, contact:

Shana Feld

Director of Admissions

tikkunolam@bina.org.il

+972-58-7336788

 

 

 

Midreshet Rachel v'Chaya

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Program Description

Do you want to be challenged to grow spiritually personally and intellectually in a supportive nurturing environment? At Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya you will be part of a group of educated, independent women committed to personal and spiritual growth. You will learn how to independently access Torah sources while strengthening your link to tradition.
 
The Jewish philosophy curriculum includes seminal works by the Rambam, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzatto, the Maharal Rav Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, and Rav Eliyahu Dessler, among others. Frequent in-depth seminars allow you to explore contemporary issues including the Jewish approach to sexuality, intermarriage, feminism, and mysticism.
 
Students who receive approval to not live in the dormitory and live off campus  receive a $4,000 per year discount or $2,000 per half-year discount (The discount is prorated for the amount of time in the program).

Without jobs in U.S., college grads are finding opportunities in Israel

Without jobs in U.S., college grads are finding opportunities in Israel

Without jobs in U.S., college grads are finding opportunities in Israel

October 11, 2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- In her final months as a political science major at the University of Pittsburgh, Susanna Zlotnikov had a positive outlook about landing a job.
But as the months passed and her network of contacts led only to dead ends, Zlotnikov decided she needed a backup. Instead of spending the summer after her May graduation sending out more resumes, Zlotnikov took a pair of internships and moved to Israel.
 
It worked out well: In November she expects to be starting a full-time job in Israel as grants coordinator with Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based humanitarian organization that provides cardiac surgery for children from the developing world.
 
With the U.S. economy still sputtering, a growing number of college graduates are turning to Israel programs to bridge their educational and professional careers. In many cases, these young American Jews are drawn to the programs not out of Zionist sensibilities but because they’re looking for workplace experience or seeking a way to do something Jewish. Some are even finding jobs in Israel and staying.
 

JFGO Masa initiative keeps young Jews connected to Israel

JFGO Masa initiative keeps young Jews connected to Israel

JFGO Masa initiative keeps young Jews connected to Israel

October 10, 2011

Each year, thousands of Jewish young adults take advantage of the Birthright Israel program, which provides free educational trips to Israel for first-time visitors between the ages of 18-26. But the journey does not have to end there.
Thanks to the Jerusalem-based Masa initiative, which is supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, young adults can continue to connect with Israel after they graduate from college. Masa, which means “journey” in Hebrew, provides more than 160 programs designed to help young Jews build a life-long relationship with Israel and a firm commitment to Jewish life.
 
Michelle Guadagna is one of several Central Floridians who have benefitted from the Masa program. A graduate of Lake Brantley High School and the University of Florida, Guadagna was looking for a way to gain some additional work experience after receiving a degree in industrial engineering. She had done the Birthright program at age 19.
 
Through Masa, she found out about its Career Israel program.
 

Jewish Agency, Ministry of Education Launch Israeli Teach for America

Jewish Agency, Ministry of Education Launch Israeli Teach for America

Jewish Agency, Ministry of Education Launch Israeli Teach for America

October 6, 2011

Seeking to address the widespread under-performance of youth in low-income communities, while offering a unique Israel experience to participants, Israel Teaching Fellows launched this week.
A new, joint, initiative of the Ministry of Education and Masa Israel Journey, the program brings 75 university graduates from North America to Israel to volunteer as English teachers in schools across the country. In doing so, Israel is joining a handful of countries who “import” English teachers from abroad, including Japan, South Korea and France.
 
Immediately following the high holidays, the volunteers will be placed in elementary schools in Petah Tikva, Rishon Lezion, Rehovot, Netanya, Ramle and Lod. Following an initial training period, the volunteers will live in small groups in these communities and teach for 20 hours a week. The fellows will also design secondary volunteer projects in their host communities. Ongoing pedagogical support, Hebrew ulpan, host families and trips will be provided throughout their time in Israel.
 
The program’s launch event took place at Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People, in Tel Aviv on Monday.
 
Israel Teaching Fellows is an initiative of the Ministry of Education and Masa Israel Journey, a project of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Government of Israel.
 

Wash U. Among Top Universities Picked For Study Abroad Grants for Programs in Israel

Wash U. Among Top Universities Picked For Study Abroad Grants for Programs in Israel

October 4, 2011

Washington University’s Olin Business School is one of eight top American universities chosen to receive a $25,000 grant for study abroad programs in Israel in 2011 and 2012. 
The funding comes, in part, from Jewish Federation of St. Louis through the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and Masa Israel Journey, a New York non- profit supported by the Israeli government and JAFI. JAFI is a Jewish Federation of St. Louis international beneficiary agency.
 
Masa Israel Journey provides simple access to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs in Israel and helps participants navigate the entire process. 
 
The Olin Business School is partnering with the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzlilya, which teaches information technology and global markets. “Olin was chosen because we’ve been able to create study programs in Israel that focus on business administration and entrepreneurship,” said Steve Malter,Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Student Development & Strategic Initiatives, undergraduate programs at Olin Business School. 
 
“Our goal specifically is to examine how the Israeli economy has performed so well. There is so much going on in business. This is a country with few natural resources and almost no geographic trading partners that experiences tremendous economic success on a worldwide scale,” Dr. Malter pointed out. He explained that for the semester IDC program, the students take courses, intern, conduct original research and write a paper. “Three students participated last year working for start-up companies that were acquired for tens of millions of dollars when the students were in Israel. Talk about an experience that can’t be taught anywhere else…"
 

Pardes Week 1: Orientation

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By Derek Kwait (First published on his blog for “The Jewish Chronicle” of Pittsburgh, Yinzer in Yerushalayim, 9 September 2011)
 
Sunday was orientation at Pardes. The getting-to-know-you introductions at the beginning made one thing clear straight-away—this is a place of diversity.
 
 

Young Dentists - Israel Experience

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Program Description

Young Dentists enables you to become familiar with the Israel dental system while strengthening your connection to Israeli society.
 
This is an exclusive academic program with job training in the dental field. Successful completion of the program opens up the doors to the field, extending your range of opportunities for professional development, career and financial independence.
 

Yahel Social Change

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Program Description

The Yahel Social Change Program combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and immersion in a local Israeli neighborhood. Two locations are now available; Work with the Arab-Israeli community in Lod, or the Ethiopian-Israeli community in Ramat Eliyahu, Rishon LeZion. Yahel partners with local grassroots organizations working in the fields of empowerment, community development and education. 

As a participant, you’ll have the opportunity to work in local schools, youth centers, nonprofit organizations and community gardens and learn about important social justice issues such as minorities in Israel, community activism, relations between secular and religious populations, refugee and asylum seekers, and more.

 

For more information, contact:

Nina Wanerman
Digital Media and Recruitment Coordinator
+972-54-877-7586
 
The Yahel Social Change Program is highly subsidized, reducing the program fee to as little as $1000 for eligible participants, which includes coverage of your round-trip flight.

 

 

Gvahim Young Professionals

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Program Description

The Gvahim Young Professionals program offers its participants the opportunity to live a rewarding experience in the "Start-Up Nation." This program offers the participants a high-quality internship, an ulpan, professional mentoring, meetings with professional leaders, visits of leading universities, companies and incubators.
 
After being accepted though a written application process and a phone interview, you will be placed in a company in your sector for a 5-month internship.
 
More Information visit - www.gvahim.org.il