The 2015 Masa Israel Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

The 2015 Masa Israel Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

The 2015 Masa Israel Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

April 22, 2015

On Tuesday April 21, over 5,000 Masa Israel Journey participants gathered at the Armored Corps Memorial Site and Museum at Latrun for the annual Masa Israel Yom HaZikaron Ceremony. Several delegations from Jewish communities around the world joined the Masa Israel community in mourning Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. 

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Opening of the Masa Israel Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

 

The annual Masa Israel ceremony is the third largest official Yom HaZikaron service in the State of Israel and serves as the only official ceremony for non-Hebrew speakers. Many of the individual IDF soldiers and victims of terror honored in the touching memorial service, like Masa Israel participants, did not grow up in Israel.


This year’s ceremony commemorated the lives of Max Steinberg, Jordan Bensemhoun, Dana Galkowitz, Philip Musko, Nir Cohen, and Masa Israel alum Michael Levin. Their loved ones and the families of other fallen soldiers and victims of terror attended the ceremony as well.

 

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The Masa Israel Community remembers Sergeant Max Steinberg

 

After the lighting of the memorial flame and ceremonial wreath-laying, Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel addressed the audience, sharing his memories of observing Yom HaZikaron during his time in prison in Russia. Avichai Mandelblit, Israel’s Cabinet Secretary, spoke on behalf of the Prime Minister’s office.  The father of Dana Galkowitz, a young woman from a southern kibbutz who was killed in a mortar attack, spoke about his daughter and on behalf of the bereaved families in the audience and across the State of Israel.

 

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Israeli Cabinet Secretary, Avichai Mendelblit

 

The emotional ceremony also included moving biographical videos about the six above-mentioned young men and women, musical interludes, and prayers. 

 

Click here to watch the ceremony. 

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Raise Money for their Schools

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Raise Money for their Schools

March 27, 2015

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows work in some of the most underfunded schools in Israel. They teach students who lack access to the books and supplies necessary for their education. However, at the December Masa Israel Leadership Summit, seven entrepreneurial Fellows took it upon themselves to bring attention to these issues and fundraise for the schools in which they work.

The December Leadership Summit featured the first ever NU Campaign AcTEEvism Workshop ever. For the first time, NU Campaign’s clients created their own campaign: from choosing a cause, to creating a message, and designing a shirt.

 

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows' "Education Matters" shirt via NU Campaign


“It’s a totally new idea for NU, where we empower students to be active for things they are passionate about,” explained David Kramer, Founder and CEO of the Israeli crowd-funding platform that creates customized apparel to raise awareness and funds for a cause, charity, event, project, or business.


“David told us about the company and was like ‘I’ve talked enough. Now you guys have to come up with your own design and campaign,’” Marni Balint, a Fellow in Netanya, remembered. “’If I like it, we’ll put it up on the website.’”


Whereas everyone participating in the workshop was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow, Arielle Goldfarb, Lauren Kivowitz, Marni Balint, Rachel Beckman, Rachel Leeds, Samantha Bear, and Talya Sterling created a campaign for the cause that brought them to Israel – the cause that they are already dedicating a year of their lives to – improving Israel’s education system.


It was also apparent to David that, as Masa Israel Teaching Fellows who work in Israel’s socioeconomic periphery, each member of the group had personally experienced the desperate need for the equal distribution of supplies and resources to Israel’s schools.


Rachel Beckman, a Bostonian who teaches in Petach Tikvah, works with students who do not have the right books or materials for their classes because neither their parents nor their schools can afford them. “As an educator, I am saddened to see that students are left behind or bored in class because they do not have access to the tools they need.”


David also saw a group of passionate young professionals who had a clear mission.  “I just grabbed a marker and started drawing,” Marni explained. “We wanted an open book and then everyone just added to the design.” At the end of the workshop, the NU Campaign founder and CEO took a picture and sent it to his design team. The Education Matters campaign launched one month later, on the NU Campaign website.


For many of the involved Fellows, the campaign only strengthened their resolve to change the lives of Israeli students. “It’s all about making a difference, one student at a time,” said Talya Sterling, a Cleveland native teaching in Petach Tikvah.

 

For more information and to support the campaign, visit Education Matters.

 

Hebrew university - M.A. in Human Rights & Transitional Justice

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Program Description

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's (HU) Law Faculty, is inviting applications for its International M.A. in Human Rights and Transitional Justice offered to graduates of B.A. programs in political science, international relations and other academic disciplines related to the fields of human rights and transitional justice.
 
The M.A. Program offers 20-25 academic courses with top legal experts from Israel, Europe and North America, including courses on international humanitarian law, counter-terrorism law, international courts and tribunals, transitional justice, the law of the United Nations, legal aspects of the Middle-East conflict, international criminal law, international human rights law etc.
 

Highlights

The Program will include two main characteristics: The first, theoretical courses which provide a substantial interdisciplinary understanding in fields such as human rights and transitional justice. The second will include comparative and historic courses, in which the students will be exposed to relevant cases dealt with by different countries at different time periods. Special emphasis will be given to the Israeli-Arab conflict and its resolution.
 
Academically and practically inclined students with strong backgrounds in human rights, conflict resolution and transitional justice are invited to apply to the Program. We hope to see you become part of our growing family of leading human rights and transitional justice experts around the world!
 
 

IDC - Coding Bootcamp

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Program Description

The IDC Coding Bootcamp is a 5-month unique coding program that combines intensive computer programming studies with practical hands-on experience interning with Israeli companies. In addition, students are exposed to Israel’s innovation ecosystem – they attend lectures, meet industry leaders and entrepreneurs and engage with fellow Israelis. 
We help individuals with no coding experience to become junior developers with advanced knowledge in a range of cutting edge technologies.
 
Program structure:
• 12-week Intensive Coding Training – Students take part in a full time coding bootcamp and graduate with the skills to be excellent junior full-stack developers. 
• 8-week Coding Internship - Students learn how to work as a developer in a tech/startup environment. Students also attend weekly study meeting with program instructors to discuss and troubleshoot challenges that come up during the work week.
• Job Placement - Following the program, our staff will help participants wishing to start a new life in Israel with their first steps in finding a job. Excelling students will be offered paid employment through our hiring partners.
 

Highlights

The Bootcamp
In our 12 week coding bootcamp we teach students basic and advanced concepts in computer programming, while practicing the use of current technologies right from the get go.
We strongly believe that exercise and practice are the building blocks to acquire and perfect programming skills. That’s why you will spend most of your time coding – whether working on daily exercises or on larger group projects.
 
The Internship
After the 12-week coding bootcamp, students begin an 8-week internship. Our staff matches program participants with local tech companies, emphasizing the best fit for participants’ needs and interests. This unique program feature provides a gateway to employment in Israel, as well as a great addition to your resume – if you prefer to go back and work in your home country. 
After 5 months…
If you are successful in the training and internship, you can proceed to a career as a developer- either back in your country of origin or in Israel. For those interested in making Aliyah, our staff can assist in finding a permanent job and blending into the Israeli society and tech ecosystem.
 
Hebrew Learning
The first two weeks of the program are dedicated to intense Hebrew learning. Understanding the local language can significantly enhance your experience and help you immerse yourself in the local culture.
Networking
You will be exposed to different industries and innovation opportunities and have the opportunity to mingle with influencers and meet fellow Israelis.
 
The Experience
In addition to our coding curriculum, our program includes a variety of cultural and enrichment activities. As part of the IDC international community, we welcome you to participate in trips, holiday celebrations, and joint events with other groups on campus. 
Be prepared to:
• Explore Tel Aviv’s nightlife
• Participate in guided night tours of the city
• Go on beautiful hikes
• Celebrate local and international holidays 
• Relax on the beach or at the park on free evenings and weekends
• And much much more…
 

Masa Israel's Favorite Purim Costumes

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Purim is only days away, and Masa Israel Journey wants to help you get into the holiday spirit. You've heard plenty from our participants and alumni about their holiday celebrations and Israel experiences. Now, it's time to hear from our North American staff and get to know some of the people who help thousands of Jewish young adults live Israel like a local!

 

 

House of Cards: Israel Edition

House of Cards: Israel Edition

February 27, 2015

With the Israeli elections just weeks away, Masa Israel Journey organized events to help participants understand the ins and outs of the 2015 Israeli elections. 

 

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Masa Israel Elections Workship in Jerusalem

Over 200 Masa Israel participants attended workshops, in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, that were a crash course in Israeli elections and the current political landscape. Attendees gained a basic understanding of the key issues concerning Israeli voters, as they prepare to head to the polls on March 17,2015.  The workshops also provided them with information about Israel's numerous political parties, their platforms and the candidates vying to become the next prime minister of the State of Israel.

 

The highlight of the evening, for both Masa Israel participants and staff members alike, were the panel sessions featuring influential leaders, thinkers and activists who discussed national security, the Israeli economy, the Israeli elections process, and why the 2015 Israeli elections are different than past elections.

 

In Jerusalem, Haviv Retig Gur, political correspondent for The Times of Israel moderated the panel, which included numerous politicians: Yochai Zeid from Yesh Atid, Ashley Perry from Yisrael Beiteinu, Uri Bank from Bayet HaYehudi, Yehuda Glick from Likud and Gabe Sasson from Avoda.

 

The Tel Aviv panel, also moderated by Haviv Retig Gur, featured journalists: managing editor of Israel Hayom, Barney Breen-Portney; Israel Correspondent for JTA, Ben Sales; Knesset reporter for The Jerusalem Post, Lahav Harkov; correspondent for i24 News, Yael Wissner-Level; and editor of Mishpacha Magazine, Binyamin Rose.

Masa Israel Journey Dessert Reception at 2015 AIPAC Policy Conference

Masa Israel Journey Dessert Reception at 2015 AIPAC Policy Conference

March 2, 2015 - 07:30  -  March 2, 2015 - 09:30

  Washington, DC  -  United States

Join Masa Israel Journey alumni and staff for a dessert reception, Monday evening.

Take a load off from the hectic conference and satiate your sweet tooth. Network with Masa Israel alumni and staff, learn more about Masa Israel and enjoy a live performance by Masa Israel Teaching Fellow alum and Halleluja: Global Jewish Singing Contest 2014 finalist, Seth Reder.

Jodi Taube

Jodi Taube

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Not Your Bubbie's Hamantaschen: 9 Unique Recipes for Purim 2015

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Whether you prefer savory or sweet, these nine out-of-the-ordinary hamantaschen recipes are sure to satisfy your cravings this Purim. Just don't tell your bubbie what you did with the prune ones that she made for you. 

 

1. Pumpkin Chai Hammantaschen

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via Lil' Miss Cakes