Sami Shamoon- Ecole d’ingénieurs.

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Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

What's in a Name?

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by Johannah Truppin, volunteering on Kibbutz Kishoret through ITrack
 
With the arrival of my now 10-day-old niece, I have been thinking a lot about names and their meanings recently.
 
According to trusty Google Translate - a life saver for me here in Israel - the direct translation of “Kishorit” from Hebrew to English is “Spindle”.
 

Tri-State Area Alumni Gathered in New York for 3rd Annual Masa Alumni Summit

Tri-State Area Alumni Gathered in New York for 3rd Annual Masa Alumni Summit

Tri-State Area Alumni Gathered in New York for 3rd Annual Masa Alumni Summit

October 30, 2013

On October 27th, Masa Israel alumni gathered for the 3rd Annual Tri-State Area Alumni Summit. 

The Summit was held at the UJA Federation of New York and was coordinated by Tri-state area Alumni Board in cooperation with Erica Schwarz, Masa Israel’s Director of Alumni Relations.

 

“We hold the Summit each year because it’s a place for alumni to come together and feel a sense of belonging with like-minded people,” said Alumni Board chair Dina Silberstein. “The Summit serves as a starting point for alumni to connect to each other and to what they want to do in the greater Jewish community.”

 

The event kicked off with an engaging speech by keynote speaker Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, PhD, of Park Avenue Synagogue. An alumnus of a long-term Israel program himself, Rabbi Cosgrove spoke of his journey from unengaged young adult to OTZMA participant to leader in the Jewish community, and provided ideas on how to maintain the feeling of connection to Israel after returning home.

 

Attendees then chose to attend one of two breakout sessions. The professional development session featured a panel of Masa alumni who leveraged their experiences in Israel to succeed in the workforce, providing practical tips and tools and answering questions.

 

The Israel advocacy session, led by Career Israel alumnus Noam Gilboord of the Israel Action Network, provided practical guidance on articulating reasons to support the country.

 

“The conversation was interesting to me because I’ve been approached before with negative comments, but didn’t know how to respond,” said Lynnley Rothenberg, a recent Career Israel alumna. “The session was a light-bulb moment for me.”

 

Masa Israel raffled off two free tickets and a meet-and-greet with Idan Raichel, the world-renowned Israeli musician.

 

The event culminated in an engagement fair, where alumni could meet representatives from over 20 Jewish organizations.

 

Overall, attendees had a great time seeing old friends and making new ones.

 

“I had so much fun,” said Daniel Kronovet, who returned from his Kibbutz Ulpan program earlier this year. “I’m still new to the city, and the summit was a great way for me to get oriented to young professionals in the Jewish community.”

 

IDC Herzliya Information Session in New York

IDC Herzliya Information Session in New York

November 10, 2013 - 12:00

  New York, NY  - 

Come learn more about IDC Herzliya, one of the leading higher-education institutions in Israel!

Education

The Genesis Philanthropy Group and Masa Israel Journey Introduce Initiative to Strengthen Jewish Identity of Young Jews from the Former Soviet Union

The Genesis Philanthropy Group and Masa Israel Journey Introduce Initiative to Strengthen Jewish Identity of Young Jews from the Former Soviet Union

October 23, 2013

The Genesis Philanthropy Group and Masa Israel Journey are set to launch a new initiative to strengthen Jewish identity of young Jews from the former Soviet Union and to deepen their connections to Israel.
The initiative is based on a model that includes a weeklong tour dedicated to familiarizing participants with Israel and its society, in the course of which participants will explore their Jewish identity in an educational and experiential manner and will also discover their personal connections to the Jewish people, to the Land of Israel, and to Jewish heritage.  The program's pilot will take place on October 22 and will involve 220 young people from throughout the former Soviet Union.
 
The Genesis Philanthropy Group concentrates its efforts on deepening the Jewish identity of Russian-speaking Jews around the world and in Israel by developing and supporting a vast range of educational initiatives, with a particular focus on the history and heritage of the Jewish communities of Russia and the former Soviet Union.  Masa Israel Journey, a joint venture between the government of Israel and The Jewish Agency, brings more than 10,000 Jewish young people to Israel each year, presenting them with more than 200 long-term program opportunities.  Some 1,500 young Jews from the former Soviet Union participate in Masa each year.  The Jewish Agency has placed a particular emphasis on Russian-speaking Jews, estimated at three million individuals worldwide, and is developing a vast range of programs aimed at addressing the unique characteristics and needs of the community
 
The two organizations—Genesis and Masa—decided for the first time to collaborate on a comprehensive joint venture aimed at intensifying the educational component of programs targeting young people from the former Soviet Union.  The initiative, based on a weeklong educational touring experience in Israel, will soon be implemented among young Jews from the former Soviet Union participating in Masa programs this year.  The educational model of the initiative is based on the success of the Mibereshit Israeli Experience, which aims to strengthen the Jewish and Zionist identity of Israeli students, and will be operated by the Mibereshit organization.
 
Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency, said: "There are some three million Russian-speaking Jews around the world, including hundreds of thousands in the former Soviet Union.  The community is characterized by high assimilation rates on the one hand and solidarity with Israel on the other.  This cooperative enterprise between the Genesis Philanthropy Group and Masa Israel Journey will provide Jewish young people from the former Soviet Union with a sense of family and common destiny with the Jewish people, and will enable them to internalize the centrality of the State of Israel to the Jewish nation and to them as individuals in the most intensive way possible."
 
Sana Britavsky, Executive Director of Genesis Philanthropy Group in Israel, said: "Genesis brings to this partnership with The Jewish Agency and the Israeli government our proven experience in developing high standards of educational content for projects aimed at the young Russian-speaking Jews. The goal is to enable each of them to connect to Israel and its heritage through an unmediated encounter with its people, its landscapes, and its stories.  Along with our partners, Masa Israel Journey and Mibereshit Israeli Experience, we are hoping to create an integral educational space for all Masa participants from the FSU”.
 
The first group of 220 young people from the former Soviet Union will participate in the first wave of the program over the coming week, starting on October 22.  The experience will begin with a hike through Israel's Negev Desert and will reach its peak in Jerusalem.  It will include volunteering in the southern town of Yeruham and meetings with representatives of Israeli society, including immigrants from the former Soviet Union who have successfully integrated into a range of fields.  The experience will also include sessions with Israel Defense Forces officers from the former Soviet Union at Mount Herzl, a Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service at the Western Wall, and other meaningful opportunities.

Masa Israel’s Delegation to Poland: Exploring the Past, Meeting the Future

Masa Israel’s Delegation to Poland: Exploring the Past, Meeting the Future

May 22, 2014 (All day)  -  May 28, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

This special delegation to Poland is an eight-day trip designed for those who are interested infurthering their connection to the past while lookingtoward the future. 

Members of the delegation will be expected to volunteer in Holocaust-related programs in their home communities.

 

A Taste of Israeli Culture - End of Year Event

A Taste of Israeli Culture - End of Year Event

May 20, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Explore Israeli culture firsthand. 

Take part in a variety of workshops and meet Israeli artists, singers, writers, dancers and actors. Come join us as we celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of your next journey.

The Masa Israel Leadership Summit Fellowship Seminar

The Masa Israel Leadership Summit Fellowship Seminar

April 6, 2014 (All day)  -  April 10, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Masa Israel Journey’s Leadership Summit participants will be given the opportunity to apply for one of our various fellowships such as: Federation Fellowship, Partnership2Gether Fellowship, Israel Advocacy Fellowship, and more.

Selected participants will be invited for a follow-up seminar that will take place in Jerusalem, which will include practical tools and ideas that will enable you to succeed in your chosen fellowship.

 

 April 6-10, May 15-17

Leadership

Aliyah Day

Aliyah Day

May 8, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

If you’re considering making Aliyah, but you need more information about what Israel can offer you when you take the big step, this event is for you.

You will have the exclusive opportunity to meet with some of Israel’s best employers, universitiy representatives, and more.

Commemoration Ceremony for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers

Commemoration Ceremony for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers

May 4, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) begins with a siren at 8:00 pm. 

Join us for a special ceremony, created just for Masa Israel participants, to learn about and pay tribute to a few of the many fallen soldiers and victims of terror.