In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

June 28, 2011

A number of young people from around the world, including Canada, spent time in Israel on Masa Israel programs. This is the first in a series of stories as told by some of the Canadian participants.
Standing near the Lebanon border while listening to a kibbutznik passionately explain why he decided to make aliyah in the 1970s, I suddenly felt a similar desire to live in Israel. The kibbutznik spoke about his love for the country, what it stands for, and its people – all things that I feel very strongly about too, even stronger now that I’ve had the opportunity to live in Israel.
 
Last September, I enrolled in Masa Israel’s Career Israel program, a five-month living and working experience in Tel Aviv and four months out of the program, I still battle with the question: Should I leave my life in Canada and make aliyah?
 
I still remember my first breath of Israeli air.  It was 2 a.m. on Sept. 1 and I stood outside of Ben Gurion Airport, fighting with Israeli teenage boys for a place in a shared taxi to Jerusalem.
 
Alone and exhausted after a 35-hour trip that included a day of touring in Amsterdam, it took me just under two hours to finally get a spot. My rusty Hebrew only making the situation harder, I felt helpless when the driver almost drove away leaving my bags at the airport.
 
“What am I doing here?” I wondered, finally on my way to Jerusalem. But, it didn’t take long to find the answer to that question, and soon after, I felt right at home.
 
In the first few weeks of my trip I began to love and appreciate the pushy and aggressive nature of Israelis, and as weeks turned into months I found that I was becoming a pushy, aggressive, sweet, caring and kind Israeli myself. I knew my Tel Aviv neighbourhood like the back of my hand and became an avid shopper at the Carmel market, which was just up the street from my apartment.
 
I also had the opportunity to work with the Grammy-nominated photographer Eyal Landesman as his studio assistant and helped with the PR and marketing for the international Her Morning Elegance gallery.
 
Living in Israel like an Israeli was an unbelievable experience for my peers and me, so it’s no wonder that when the program ended, many of them chose to stay.  
 

Israel Teaching Fellows: A Year of Service for Israel

Israel Teaching Fellows: A Year of Service for Israel

Israel Teaching Fellows: A Year of Service for Israel

June 23, 2011

Masa Israel, an organization most widely known for its assistance for Jewish students spending a year in Israel, has initiated a groundbreaking program for the young Jewish community.
Israel Teaching Fellows, a program created in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Education, will allow 100 college graduates from the US or Canada to travel to Israel for a year and volunteer as English language teachers in the Israeli school system.
 
"This program is inspired by the thousands of young Jewish adults who travel to Israel looking to give back to Israeli society, says Aaron Goldberg, Director of Marketing and Communications for Masa Israel. "It represents an incredible personal and professional opportunity for these young adults, but also opportunities for Israeli students to learn English from native speakers and to build bridges between Jewish communities in North America and Israel."
 
According to Goldberg, this is the first large-scale program of its kind, specifically working within the Israeli educational system. Masa is taking its cue from other successful educator volunteer programs working in different countries across the globe, such as in Korea, France, and Chile.
 

From Intern to Business Partner

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When Orange Coast College student Chad Schaeffer was considering his study abroad options, he learned that he could intern at an international marketing firm in Tel Aviv, gain professional experience for his merchandising and marketing major, and earn college credit.
 

Life After York: Finding my way

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By Dori Tenenbaum, Career Israel
 
Since kindergarten I have always known what was next: elementary school, high school, then university. At the end of my undergraduate degree I was faced, for the first time in my life, with a real choice of what to do.
 
Did I want to go to graduate school? Did I want to try my luck in the job market?
 

Good things are growing in Gedera

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“The first time I tried to grow them for the greenhouse, the seedlings all died – I forgot to water them,” says Annie Shore, without sounding a bit guilty. Her second time around, she was more successful.
 

African Refugee Seder with Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

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Recently many of the current volunteers and alumni of Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa shared their Jewich culture by participating in an early Passover seder with about 500 African migrants in South Tel Aviv.
 

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Program Description

Midreshet Lindenbaum offers a combination of a rigorous, challenging learning program and a supportive religious environment that encourages students to develop and to delve, to discuss and to debate, and ultimately to decide on a more mature and profound commitment to Torah and Mitzvot. Yeshivat Darkaynu is a new and innovative program developed for religious young men with special needs who are looking for the perfect way to spend a year in Israel.
 
The program is designed for students who want to continue their learning, develop vocational skills, build independence, improve self-esteem and expand their love of Israel and the Jewish people. Yeshivat Darkaynu is an intimate, "sidestreaming" program that is professionally staffed, highly structured and aims to meet the individual, special needs of its students.