Who can I speak to about choosing a long-term Israel program?

Who can I speak to about choosing a long-term Israel program?

Masa Israel staff members are available to help you or connect you to alumni who can provide you with information about programs. Please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to work with you.

How do I get a grant from Masa Israel?

How do I get a grant from Masa Israel?

First, apply to your chosen program. Then, fill out the Masa Israel grant application. You will receive an email with a PDF version of your grant application. Print and sign the form and send that application to the program you are attending (do not send the application directly to Masa Israel).  

How much financial assistance does Masa Israel provide?

How much financial assistance does Masa Israel provide?

All Masa Israel participants are eligible to apply for universal grants and needs-based scholarships. The amount available and type of financial support you receive depends on your country of origin, your age and the program you attend. Visit our Grants and Scholarships page for eligibility criteria and for information about what you’ll need to apply.

What support does Masa Israel provide before I leave for Israel, while I’m there, and after I come back?

What support does Masa Israel provide before I leave for Israel, while I’m there, and after I come back?

Masa Israel provides simple access to immersive experiences that are as varied as Israel itself, and helps you navigate the entire process at every step along the way. Masa Israel offers a wide range of programs to fit every need and interest and can help match you to the most appropriate option.

What is Masa Israel?

What is Masa Israel?

Masa Israel, a public-service organization founded by the Prime Minister’s Office of the Government of Israel, together with The Jewish Agency for Israel, is the leading organization in the long term Israel experience space with a diverse portfolio of 2-12-month study, service, and career development programs for young Jews (18-30).

 

Tomorrow’s Future is Already Here in Jerusalem

Tomorrow’s Future is Already Here in Jerusalem

April 7, 2011

By Yulia Burlan
 
Erica Fensten (pictured), originally from Los Angeles, said that coming to the Masa Israel Government Fellowship (IGF) program has definitely changed her life.
“It helped me grow as a person, gain in-depth knowledge about Israel, and offered me an opportunity to experience life here first-hand.”
 
Erica has always been an active member in the Jewish community in LA, whether in the synagogue or in a variety of youth movements. However, upon entering the college campus atmosphere, she was dismayed to find her Jewish identity used against her to vilify her passion for Israel. “Many said that I only support Israel because I’m Jewish. They claimed that I never lived there nor have been to or seen the areas under debate, like the West Bank or the security fence.”
 
To this aspiring individual, disqualification was not a reasonable argument. During her junior year, she came to Israel with Hasbara Fellowships to not only learn more about Israel but to also experience the conflict first hand. Now, following her senior year of college, she has come to Jerusalem for the Masa IGF program, which is a one year, elite post-college program, for individuals ages 22 to 30, offering real work experience in government ministries, educational seminars with top politicians, policy-makers and opinion-formers, and trips around the country.
 
“With a country that I constantly have to defend, being a tourist here was not enough for me.” Erica said. The Masa IGF program has given her the tools and experiences that she has been searching for. "Now, I am no longer a tourist. I live here, work here, and really feel connected to this country."
 
While interning at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Erica has been treated as a part of the team. Her mentor has regarded her as any of the other staff, granting her some of the rarest opportunities she explained. The Masa IGF Program Coordinator said, “It is a risky thing bringing the brightest and best into the Israeli government.” With shining participants, like Erica, whose commitment and passion strengthens year by year, it is a risky business indeed.
 
“I’ve always had an attachment to Israel but it has grown even stronger over this past year,” stated Francine Bendat. “The experience has been eye opening” she said while discussing her Masa IGF internship at the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection. Working in the International Affairs division has provided her with the opportunity to attend all the high-profile meetings and work with a variety of international organizations.
 
“In all the projects, I am given the same responsibilities as the rest of the office.” It is not the same reality in the US. An initiative of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Masa IGF offers internships in the most-desired sectors of the government. The nature of the work and the staff make the experience a rare gift for a recent graduate. Moreover, the diversity of participants in the program really contributes to the social experience of the group. “I have a network of friends now from all over the world.” Francine exclaimed.
 
Her experience in the program has motivated her upon her return home to seek out a Jewish community in which she can be involved. “I have always been involved in the Jewish community while growing up, especially in college where I was on the executive board of Hillel and the president of Students for Israel. After graduating, the easily available environment for such activity disappeared.
 
Now, though, it has become very important for me to work for Israel advocacy and be an active part of Jewish community life when I come back home.” While working in television advertising after college, she examined her resume and found that “I must have been involved in all these Jewish and Israel related activities for a reason.” Soon, thereafter, she was accepted to Masa IGF.
 
Individuals, like Erica and Francine, have had an exceptional educational, practical and fun experience in Israel because of Masa IGF. The program has contributed to their attachment to the country while providing them with rare internship opportunities. Many have said that such opportunities are only dreamt of in the US. Masa, on the other hand, made them a practical reality in Israel.
 
Masa IGF currently has 24 students, with an alumni network of 71. The leaders of tomorrow are now interning with Israel’s government ministries annually. The change that has been so longed for is currently in the making.
 
Originally published by the Jewish Agency for Israel

Career Israel

Career Israel

Program: 

IDC Herzliya Information Session with Mr. Jonathan Davis- East Coast

IDC Herzliya Information Session with Mr. Jonathan Davis- East Coast

April 6, 2011 (All day)  -  April 6, 2011 (All day)

116 East 16th St., 5th FloorNew York, NY  - 

Join us for an information session with Mr. Jonathan Davis, regarding academic programs for the 2011-2012 academic year at IDC Herzliya. 

RSVP to Lenore LaVine lenore@afidc.org

Masa Israel In The News

Masa Israel In The News

Masa Israel Journey is leading the way in connecting “the next generation” of Jewish young adults to Israel through internship, volunteer and leadership development experiences. In 2010-2011 alone, Masa Israel brought over 10,000 Jews to Israel for a minimum of five months, and we have more than 55,000 alumni around the world.

Partnership 2000 Hosts 72 Masa Israel Participants for a Day of Jewish Peoplehood Activities

Partnership 2000 Hosts 72 Masa Israel Participants for a Day of Jewish Peoplehood Activities

Partnership 2000 Hosts 72 Masa Israel Participants for a Day of Jewish Peoplehood Activities

April 5, 2011

By P2K volunteer Rebecca Kofman, Beit Shemesh
 
Masa Israel participants in its annual Building Future Leadership Conference in Jerusalem enjoyed a full day of activities arranged by Partnership 2000 (Beit Shemesh-Mateh Yehuda-Washington-South Africa) in Bet Shemesh on March 8.
 
Highlight of the day was the interaction between the Masa Israel young adults and the first, second and third graders at Jabotinsky Elementary School. Together they created Shabat placements to share with their overseas friends in the Jewish Primary Day School in Washington, DC. The schools have been in the P2K school Twinning project for over three years.
 
As the Jabotinsky principal Bracha said, “It was hard at first for the Jabotinsky youngsters to realize that there were actually Jews who live outside Israel. Now through video conferencing they have accepted that, and this year we are focusing on the similarities and differences between how Israeli and American Jewish children celebrate the holidays.” Having actual committed Jewish young adults who live outside Israel come and do a project with the Jabotinsky students really helped them to understand not only that Jews do live outside Israel but that they also love Israel.
 
After completing the Jabotinsky project, Masa participants were joined by 17 Israeli young adults from Branco-Weiss High School, the P2K student program and a local Garin for an interviewing project to meet local residents and complete a worksheet about their family origins, life in Bet Shemesh, etc. In groups of 3 or 4, the young people spread out through Migdal Hamayim on market day to speak with vendors, cab drivers, pedestrians and others to get a taste of the variety of backgrounds and interests of local city inhabitants.
 
Next the Masa participants and local Israeli youth gathered at Matnas Psagot HaSheva where they broke into four groups to discuss various aspects of Jewish Peoplehood, based on their interview findings. They tackled some tough issues about Jewish identity, religious practices and enabling future generations to be informed and enthusiastic about being Jewish.
 
As one participant reported at the end of the day, “Through this experience I may not become a Jewish leader on my college campus next year, but I will be able to counter positively and powerfully any negative remarks made about Israel and Israelis.”
 
Note: Masa Israel sponsors numerous extended stay opportunities for youth from abroad to travel, study and do community service projects throughout the country. Over 10,000 young Jewish adults are in Israel this year in various Masa programs.