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.
 

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Tel Aviv University International MA in Middle Eastern Studies

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Program Description

Over the duration of three back-to-back semesters, students who participate in the Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies (MAMES) program become immersed in the history and current affairs of the modern Middle East. Those who are interested in pursuing careers pertaining to the Middle East in the fields of journalism, diplomacy, government, think tank research, advocacy/activism, and academia will find an unparalleled opportunity to acquire an in-depth understanding of the political, social and economic dimensions of the region from within. This program will equip its graduates with the analytical tools and knowledge base to eventually become experts on a region whose geo-political developments regularly affect the state of global affairs. Students who complete the program are awarded an M.A. degree in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University's prestigious department of Middle Eastern and African History. 
 
Graduate seminars in the MAMES program are taught by the TAU Department of Middle Eastern and African History's senior faculty and Ph.D. candidates - world-class experts and upcoming authorities in their fields. The MAMES program offers a well-rounded and thorough curriculum, including seminars and intensive language studies. Students are required to complete three core seminars and six elective seminars over the duration of three semesters. Prior to the first semester, students learn Hebrew in an intensive seven-week course, with the option to continue in the fall and spring semesters; a combination of spoken and classical Arabic language courses are mandatory for all three semesters of the program. There is no thesis-requirement for the MAMES program, however, students who would like to continue onto a Ph.D. program are able to complete a thesis project under the supervision of a member of the faculty. 
 
The program also includes a strong extracurricular component. Film and lecture series; field trips to the Arab-Israeli city of Umm al-Fahem and Petra, Jordan; and a study tour to a neighboring country (such as Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, or Turkey), accompanied by expert researchers, will enhance the students' knowledge and ability to understand and analyze the complexities of a region transitioning through a period of profound change. 
 

For more information, contact:

Chaya Ben Shimon
(p):972 3 -640 6504 
mames@post.tau.ac.il 
 

Tel Aviv University International MA in Archaeology & History of the Land of the Bible

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Program Description

The International MA Program in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible is a unique program of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, in collaboration with the International School at Tel Aviv University. The program is the only one of its kind in Israel and in the world, allowing students from a variety of countries across the globe to study the Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible – IN the Land of the Bible.
 
The program offers a unique window into the country’s perplexing and complex past, while introducing students to issues of theory and methodology. Over the course of the program students will explore the periods between the mid-second millennium BCE through the Muslim conquest in the seventh century CE. This will be done through the study of archaeological finds, biblical text and Ancient Near Eastern texts that illuminate the economic and social structures, diplomatic and political relations and religious practices of the inhabitants of ancient Israel, as well as tours of archaeological sites.
 
Throughout the third semester students will gain fieldwork experience in some of the most exciting excavations conducted in Israel by TAU scholars, in a four to six weeks excavation program. The International program in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible can be taken as a one year MA program (without thesis), as a two year MA program (with thesis), or as a one year credited course program towards a PhD
 
 

For more information, contact:

Nadin Reshef
(p): 972 3 -640 8099
(f): 972 3 640 6883
 

Tel Aviv University International MA in Security & Diplomacy

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Program Description

Israel is at the focus of the world's attention in both security and diplomacy matters. It is also the center of enormous professional expertise in both these fields. Embodying that unique knowledge and skill, our program brings together internationally renowned scholars and former leading practitioners in both security and diplomacy, offering students an exceptional learning experience in English. Educational tours and meetings with Israeli and foreign officials are incorporated into the curriculum. Students come from all over the world and are encouraged to take up internships and other extra-curricular activities during their year stay in Israel.The program provides advanced knowledge and analytic tools for the study of strategy, diplomacy, decision-making and the shaping of security and foreign policy. The outlook of the program is global, with a special focus on Israel and the Middle East. At the practical level, the program prepares students for engagement in the international arena, defense bodies, international organizations (both governmental and NGOs) and international economic organizations. Alumni and current students in the Security and Diplomacy program have secured jobs and internships at Israel's preeminent think tanks, numerous embassies, media and advocacy organizations, the United Nations, a private security company and other public and private employers.

 

For more information, contact:

Sharon Abramovich

Tel. 972-3-6409540

secdip@post.tau.ac.il

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Tel Aviv University International - Sofaer International MBA

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Program Description

Designed for Venture Founders, Start-Up Builders and Company Innovators, The Sofaer International MBA provides students the skills, practical experience, network and career support needed to achieve their goals. The International one-year MBA focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation and encompasses academic courses, Master Classes and practical work, and is firmly rooted in the Israeli ecosystem. Unique offerings include 
the Delta Start-Up Pre-Accelerator for student
 driven ventures and Studio, a group-based personal
 and professional development workshop that helps students identify their true passion and overcome the barriers stopping them.

 

Additionally, students have access to direct career support, including extensive internships with companies ranging from HP, Deloitte and NICE systems, to start-ups as well as 8200 EISP, the accelerator program of Israel's elite intelligence unit 8200.

 

What will you do after the IMBA?

 

•30% of students started their own companies


•79% of students reported employment after graduation


•61% of students did an internship during their MBA


•More than 50% of students switched industries after the MBA

 

The program is open for just a few more weeks, so there is still time to submit you application. Click here to apply.

 

The Sofaer iMBA is proud to be a part of the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University, the only business school in Israel to receive international accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

 
 

For more information, contact:

Paula Caplan
paulac@tauex.tau.ac.il
0537086221
 

Bar Ilan University International MBA

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Program Description

The International M.B.A. program at Bar Ilan University’s Graduate School of Business is a challenging program that is international in scope, intimate in scale and designed for success in the new millennium. This one-year program, taught entirely in English, includes an international study tour. You will be exposed to global perspectives and real-world applications that allow you to master the complexities of today’s demanding and evolving world of business. You will also learn the essence of entrepreneurship and how determination combined with a solid academic foundation can turns ideas into new business realities.