Headlines from Israel: June 13-17, 2016

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We know it can be hard for alumni and parents to keep up with the news in Israel, so we've collected some of this week's top headlines for you:

 

Reuters: Israel Elected to Head Permanent U.N. Committee for First Time

 

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Israel on Monday won an election to chair the United Nations' legal committee, the first time that it will head one of the world body's six permanent committees since joining the U.N. in 1949.

 

While it is a largely symbolic and procedural role, chairing the committee will give Israel a chance to have a higher profile in routine affairs at the United Nations.

 

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Haaretz: Senior Hamas Member Reportedly Defects to Israel

 

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Bassam Mahmoud Baraka is said to be highly knowledgeable about the militant group's tunnels in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian websites report.

 

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The Times of Israel: Nothing will stop Queen and Adam Lambert from Israel Concert

 

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The iconic band with their latest singer, ‘American Idol’ contestant Lambert, set date for September performance.

 

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Vanity Fair: Curb Your Enthusiasm will return to HBO after 5-year hiatus

 

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We realize this isn't quite Israeli news, but the comeback of this Jewish pop-culture icon is pretty big news for the tribe.

 

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The Jerusalem Post: Religious war at Western Wall: Skirmish over egalitarian prayer service

 

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An egalitarian prayer service at the Western Wall descended into a bad-tempered skirmish on Thursday, when haredi demonstrators sabotaged the event that was intended to underline the demand for a pluralistic prayer space at the site.

 

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Hit A Home Run With This Israel Baseball Program

<div class="masa-blog-title">Hit A Home Run With This Israel Baseball Program</div>

In the world of sport, Israel is best known for its elite basketball program, featuring Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel-Aviv, and serving as a popular destination for aspiring professional players to develop their skills. However, did you know that Israel had a baseball program? That’s right. For the past 25 years, the Israel Association of Baseball (IAB) has been developing the sport across the entire country. And as the country grows, so does its interest in baseball.

 

 

 

According to Henry Rosenbloom of The Jerusalem Post, the IAB boasts 850 participants in its ever expanding league, catapulting from 590 players in 2013 and 750 in 2014. There are 5 different leagues set up to accommodate age and skill level of players: minor, juvenile, cadet, junior, and premier. The ages throughout these leagues range from 5 years old to adult, beginning with the minor league and maturing with the adult premier league.

 

 

The growth of interest and activity in baseball has been reflected in Israel’s national baseball success. Israel is ranked 5th among all European nations and 19th in the world; there are no plans of slowing down. Most recently, Israel’s national team claimed victory in the European C-pool championship and looks to do the same for the B-pool and eventually the A-pool, all in the hopes for qualifying for next World Baseball Classic. In their last attempt in 2012, Israel came within one win of qualifying for the tournament. Over the past few years, multiple Major League Baseball players have appeared on the Israel baseball scene. Some names include Brad Ausmus, Shawn Green, and Gabe Kapler. All arrived with the same mindset of growing America’s pastime in the Jewish homeland.

 

 

After these action-packed days, you’ll most likely want to unwind and relax. No need to worry, we’ve got just the thing for you. Destination Israel’s Baseball Experience offers living arrangements right in the heart of Tel Aviv. A vast variety of beautiful beaches, bars, clubs, markets, restaurants, and shopping centers are all at your disposal right when you walk out of your front door. If that’s not enough, there’s all of Israel to discover. From its rich history, to its holy sites, to its breathtaking hikes, there’s so much to explore. If you’re looking for an incredible baseball experience while growing the game across Israel, Israel Baseball Experience is the place for you. Come to Israel. Travel. Learn. Teach. Explore. And Play Ball!

 

 

Click here to learn more about Destination Israel’s Israel Baseball Experience.

 

What Fathers Say About Masa Israel

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The traditional American Father’s Day celebration consists of a big ol' family barbecue and gifts for dad.

 

This year, we're celebrating Father's Day and thanking all the dads out there for supporing their kids' Masa Israel Journeys by sharing their thoughts on what Masa Israel gave to their children:

 

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Habonim Dror - Derech LeHadracha

Program Description

 

Ganim- Programme d'auxilaire de puericulture dans les jardins d'efants

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Program Description

Ganim is a program for young people who have some Hebrew language basics and who have completed twelve years of education. The program gives students the opportunity to earn an Early Childhood Education Assistant certificate from Oranim Academic College of Education, while enabling them to gain high level Hebrew language skills and a deep understanding of Israeli society. Students acquire strong cultural and linguistic knowledge, as well as theoretical and practical skills in early childhood education. They also gain the necessary tools in order to actively contribute to Israeli society, should they choose to remain in Israel.

The program includes:

 550 hours of ulpan (about 23 hours weekly)

 Courses for Early Childhood Education Assistant certificate including: theory and methodology of early childhood education, and knowledge about preschool settings.

 Internships in Israeli preschools (5 hours per week)

 Enrichment programming on the history of the State of Israel and Jewish

Peoplehood including trips, tours, encounters, and classes.

The program takes place at the peaceful and green Oranim campus, in Kiryat Tivon in the Lower Galilee, 20 kilometers from Haifa.

Highlights

Ganim Program offers a unique combination of theoretical studying and practical teaching. The students benefit from the particular and personnal attention from the dedicated teachers of Oranim Academic College of Education. The very intensive ulpan as well as life on the campus with Israeli students contribute to offer a full immersion in Israeli life.

 

Forma'Sion Compuskills

Program Description

5 Unique Advanced Degrees You Can Get in Israel

<div class="masa-blog-title">5 Unique Advanced Degrees You Can Get in Israel</div>

Interested in getting a higher degree? Masa Israel can help you get your degree with experiential learning.  

 

1.       MBA Global Green

Israel is one of the most advanced countries when it comes to renewable energy and a leader in developing innovative and sustainable technologies. This program trains the next generation of leaders in sustainable business management. This MBA is unique for its focus on environmental, social, and governance issues that are at the core of the decision making process of a business.

 

Where: Haifa University

 

Location Perks: Haifa is one of the most diverse cities in Israel. It is home to five different religions, living side-by-side in harmony. This makes Haifa have a rich variety of cultures. Haifa is home to the Ba'Hai Gardens which is a green botanical garden. 

 

2.       LL.M. Program in Human Rights and International Law

This program focuses on Human Rights and International Law. These fields are a large part of Hebrew University’s Law Department, which is a hub of international activity.

 

Where: Hebrew University in Jerusalem

 

Location Perks: Jerusalem is the home of International Law, so you can witness how Israel handles both international law and human rights while studying it! Friday afternoons in Jerusalem are very unique because the shuk is bustling. On week nights, the Machane Yehuda Shuk turns into an outdoor bar scene!

 

3.       M.A. in Government: Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Studies

This program is in collaboration with the International Institute for Counterterrorism, and is a graduate program that offers tools for critical thinking in this field. Students obtain an understanding of the challenges, first responder duties, security establishments in place, and legal systems in place, based on Israel’s experience in this field.

 

Where: IDC Herzliya

 

Location Perks: Herzliya is home to some of the nicest beaches in Israel. It is also home to many diplomats and consulates in Israel. Being so close to the consulates and career minded officials is useful when learning about counterterrorism and homeland security. 

 

4.       Ben Gurion University Medical School for International Health

This is a medical degree program that is dedicated to training physicians in international health and medicine. It follows the US style of medical degree programs- two years of basic science and two years of clinical science. This program also has a global health track that includes cross cultural communications, challenges of clinical work with translators, nutrition in the developing world, disaster relief, population based medicine, and bio-terrorism.

 

Where: Ben Gurion University of the Negev

 

Location Perks: At night, the sky is clear enough to see stars and constellations. The Negev has a unique landscape and is home to a diverse ecosystem of plants and animals. Make sure to bring water on the strenuous hikes in the Negev.

 

5.       MA in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible

Throughout this program, students have a one of a kind experience learning about the most exciting excavations conducted in Israel by TAU scholars. This program can be taken as a one year MA program, as a two year MA program, or as a one year credited course program towards a PhD.

 

Where: Tel Aviv University

 

Location Perks: Tel Aviv, also known as “The South Beach of the Middle East” is one of the most progressive cities in the world. The night life in this young, urban, city draws visitors from all over the world. This program is housed in the Institute for Archaeology!

 

To learn more about these programs, or to find a program that is right for you click here

 
 

Betar - Matok

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Program Description

Matok offers a unique opportunity to get an internatioal Pastry chef diploma (Patissier), discover Israel, and learn hebrew in 5 months!

 

Contact Information:
Tanya Ghez
+972-54.476.6868
+33-177.47.99.68
tanya@betar.org.il

Highlights

The program offers a significant experience by an real immersion in the Israel society. Matok will give you the tools for a future life in Israel, by learning a new profession or just pratice your passion!

 

TCB - Practical Electrician

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Program Description

 

Bereshit

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Program Description

Bereshit gives you the opportunity to build your character and your future by acquiring all of the skills needed to enrich yourself and your resume-
an authentic journey towards yourself!

The purpose of Massa Bereshit program?
To provide adequate professional and emotional tools in a conducive environment for the purpose of achieving excellence.To guide you in building a life for yourself in Israel with a solid foundation, starting with a significant military/civilian service, for you to become fully aware of your potential !!

 

Track Descriptions:

Vocational training in various fields.
Preparation for military and civil service.
Hebrew lessons.
Discovery of Israel and Jewish identity.
Certified educational team

 

Contact Details

Nathan Benelbaz
Israel : 050.441.40.94
France : 01.77.50.75.34
Email : nathan@topisraelinterns.com
http://www.bereshit-israel.com/

 

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