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Introducing the Masa Israel Alumni Fellows

Introducing the Masa Israel Alumni Fellows

October 21, 2014

The Masa Alumni Fellowship is comprised of two alumni board members from four chosen communities (NYC, DC, Miami and California) to take their involvement in the Jewish community to the next level.

This exclusive opportunity will provide training on how to promote Masa Israel and put the fellows to work at two high profile events during the year—the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly and AIPAC Policy Conference. After taking what they learn from these trainings and experiences back home, the fellows will work with their local Masa Israel Regional staff members to represent Masa Israel at recruitment events in their communities. Additionally, over the course of the year it is each fellow’s responsibility to come up with their own impact project—a local initiative to increase local Masa Israel numbers and/or alumni involvement.


Meet the fellows below:


Josh Neuman is excited to be a Masa Israel Alumni Fellow in San Francisco. After studying Political Science at Penn State University, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in Israel—spending almost a year teaching English as a Masa Israel teaching Fellow in Be’er Sheva. After five years away, the Bay Area native returned to his roots, driven to provide meaningful and accessible Jewish experiences for young professionals and teens. In his free time, Josh enjoys cycling, reading, and teaching Hebrew school.

 

Linor Elya was born in Israel and moved to the States at a young age. She earned her BA in Marketing and an MA in Business Administration, and studied at Haifa University for a year with a Masa Israel grant, and joined the university’s basketball league. Linor now lives in Miami.

 

Tami Wolf is originally from the Jersey shore and has lived in DC since returning from Israel. Tami was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Netanya in 2011-2012 and is currently the co-chair of DC’s Masa Israel Alumni Board. Inspired by her year in Israel, Tami accepted the position of Director of EntryPointDC, the DC Jewish Community Center’s programming for young professionals, and also serves as the Coordinator for Jewish Life. She completed her undergraduate and masters degrees at American University in DC in American history and public history.

 

Terissa Schor is co-chair of the Masa Israel New York Alumni Board. She is a 2010 alumna of Livnot Lehibanot, where she volunteered in archaeological digs, park clean ups, soup kitchens, local schools and senior centers. Terissa graduated from American University in Washington, DC and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at Baruch College. When not planning the latest Masa alumni events, she enjoys researching family history and staffing Birthright Israel trips.

 

Morgan Kaczor graduated in 2009 from California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in Child Development & Family Studies and a Minor in Dance. After graduating college, she worked as the Assistant Director at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center and the Director of the Summer Art Academy Camp. During the 2012-2013 school year, Morgan was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Rishon LeZion, volunteering as an English teacher. She was placed in an Orthodox Elementary school in which the students were bussed in from a low socio-economic Ethiopian Jewish community. Most recently, Morgan works at the Stephen S. Wise Temple and School as a Lead preschool Teacher. When she’s not in the classroom, you can find Morgan in the yoga studio, hiking in the mountains, or at the beach. Morgan is extremely passionate about creating a positive and unique learning environment for Jewish Students to thrive and deepen their connection to Israel. 

 

After 10 phenomenal months as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya, teaching English to under-privileged children, Seth Reder has begun a new journey as the Director of Jewish Student Life at the University of Central Florida Hillel. Participating in a Masa Israel program not only had a meaningful impact on Seth's everyday life, but also helped prepare him for a new career and path as a Hillel professional. Prior to embarking on his Israel journey, Seth worked as an Area Director for the Department of Housing and Residential Life at the University of Miami for three years, where he oversaw the daily operations of a first-year residential college consisting of over 900 students. Seth earned his Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California, and loves learning, teaching, and supporting student development, Jewish learning, and leadership. When Seth is not working as an educator, you can find him writing music, performing, playing ice hockey, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends.

 

Isabel Barr is from Bethesda, Maryland and has spent her entire life in the Washington, DC area, except for attending Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and an amazing year in Israel as a participant on Otzma. After spending four summers as a counselor at a Jewish summer camp, living all over Israel and volunteering as an English teacher as well as a counselor for special needs children was incredibly meaningful for her. While in Israel, Isabel took every opportunity that Masa Israel offered and back in the United States, it has been no different. She attended last year’s AIPAC Policy Conference with Masa Israel and currently serves as Co-Chair of the DC Masa Israel Alumni Board. Isabel is a teacher in the DC Jewish Community Center Preschool, when she’s not at school, planning for Masa Israel or at a Masa Israel event she will most likely be scouring the internet for new recipes, cheering on her beloved Kentucky Wildcats and hanging out with the family dog, Daisy.

Ofer Gutman

Ofer Gutman

Director of International Recruitment & Sales

 

Jadshanut

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Program Description

This program is conducted in Spanish, in Portuguese and in Hebrew.

Studying Abroad in Jerusalem: Yom Kippur, Hasidism and a Bedouin Wedding

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Lauren Swersky always had a feeling that she would end up in Israel when it came time for the University of California, Davis junior to study abroad, though she explored all the options available. “I was very involved in Jewish life growing up, and I was always looking for opportunities to go back to Israel,” she explained.

 

 

Rachel Rolnick

Rachel Rolnick

Recruitment and Systems Coordinator

Alli Green

Alli Green

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Nicole Haber

Nicole Haber

Director of Marketing and Communications

 

Tel Aviv University International - Independent Research / Study Track (IRST)

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Program Description

The Research/Study Track (IRST henceforth) is open to young academics above the age of 18 from all over the world. The program constitutes a flexible framework that enables each participant to follow his own passion in the academic arena of Tel Aviv University (TAU) while at the same time experiencing Israel and Tel Aviv City to the fullest.
The participants must coordinate independently their project/ research in Tel Aviv University in advance of their enrollment to the program. Participants such as: accepted visiting researchers, exchange students, and interns, will have the opportunity to participate in IRST as a supplemental framework for the duration of 4 to 12 months. In cases of longer study periods, it is possible to participate in IRST for part of the stay in Israel.
 

Highlights

IRST is designed for those who are looking to combine a Masa long-term academic program, and have a more independent experience in the University and Israel. Participants will be fully emerged in the co-curricular plan organized by the social staff of TAU International. This will include social gatherings, special events, trips, volunteering opportunities and more.

 

Tel Aviv University International - Semester in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Business in Israel

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Program Description

This program provides real-world experience, entrepreneurial know-hows, and professional guidance. Program integrates Israeli and international business students as they take classes taught in English by Israel’s leading business academics and professionals. As well as the core courses students also take Hebrew Language classes to ensure social comfort and immersion.

Highlights

The program is operated in partnership with TAU’s Recanati Business School. The world-renowned school prepares students with the methodologies and skill set they need to succeed in today’s business world.
The Program is supported by the StarTau Entrepreneurship Center, TAU’s non-profit organization that educates and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs and connects them to Israeli businesses. By choosing to come study in the middle of the middle east, in a country that is known as the Start-Up Nation, and by living in Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial and technological capital, you will be immersed in a world of innovated executives and trailblazing companies.
 
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