400 Emerging Jewish Leaders Gather in Jerusalem for Masa Israel Leadership Summit

400 Emerging Jewish Leaders Gather in Jerusalem for Masa Israel Leadership Summit

400 Emerging Jewish Leaders Gather in Jerusalem for Masa Israel Leadership Summit

March 12, 2013

This week, nearly 400 students, interns, volunteers and gap year participants from all over the world have gathered in Jerusalem for an intensive week of social activism and community organizing training at the Masa Israel Leadership Summit.
Now in its third year, the Masa Israel Leadership Summit provides training, tools and networking opportunities to young adults who are in Israel for five months to a year on gap year and post college programs and have demonstrated a commitment to leadership. By partnering with renowned educational organizations such as Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and PresenTense, Masa Israel is providing cutting-edge programming for summit attendees, and valuable contacts for them when they return to campuses and Jewish communities in their home countries and pursue leadership roles.
 
Participants are exploring topics focusing entrepreneurship, social activism and community organizing strategy within the context of Israel and Jewish engagement, with the curriculum facilitated by staff and educators from Hillel, Teach for America, Moishe House, Sixth & I Synagogue and others.
 
A joint project of the Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa provides over 100 enrichment activities each year for participants and alumni that inspire these young adults to join the next generation of Jewish communal leaders. In a 2010 study by Dr. Steven M. Cohen and Dr. Ezra Kopelowitz that surveyed over 13,000 young Jewish adults, a full 45% of those who participated in both a short-term and long-term program in Israel were “seriously considering or have considered a Jewish career,” compared to merely 12% for those who completed only one short-term program in Israel.
 
Prior Masa Israel Leadership Summit delegates have gone on to become interns and professionals at Hillels, Jewish Federations and nonprofit organizations, and have actively continued developing their ideas for innovation in the Jewish community through PresenTense fellowships and the ROI Community.

Originally published in E-Jewish Philanthropy

Masa participants revel at Israeli mega-cultural event

Masa participants revel at Israeli mega-cultural event

Masa participants revel at Israeli mega-cultural event

February 26, 2013

The youths, part of over 200 Masa Israel Journey programs being held throughout the country, were the guests of The Jewish Agency for Israel's three-day Board of Governors meeting, also being held in the capital.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - More than two thousand Jewish youth from around the world packed into Jerusalem's International Convention Center's halls Monday evening to attend a series of master classes and performances held by some of the country's top entertainment, literary, and artistic talents.
 
The event, which hosted parcipitants from over 200 Masa Israel Journey programs being held throughout the country, coincided with The Jewish Agency for Israel's three-day Board of Governors meeting, which also took place in the capital.
 
Masa Israel Journey offers young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 immersive, life-changing gap year, study abroad, post-college and volunteer experiences in Israel, connecting them to programs that meet their interests, offering scholarships, providing expertise, and supporting them throughout the entire process.
 
The evening opened with a screening of the award-winning Israeli film, Fill the Void, and a master class held afterward by the film's starring actress, Irit Sheleg. 
 
Later, performing in more intimate halls alongside one another, some of Israel's top cultural icons shared their perspectives on Israeli culture with the Masa participants.
 
The performers included music, poetry and prose, by classically-trained pianist and composer Shlomi Shaban and singer and guitarist Yali Sobol of the band Monica Sex; a solo show by indie groove diva Karolina (Keren Avratz), songs by pop sensation Harel Skaat, a reading by award-winning author Etgar Keret, a dramatic performance by a troupe from the Vertigo Contemporary Dance Company. 
 
The evening was capped by a scorching performance in the main auditorium by hip-hop and reggae singer Mooke and his band, who raised the roof and brought the audience to their feet and rocking in the aisles for the entire set.
 

Shpeils and Schnapps: A Pre-Purim Discussion on the custom of drinking, with the Pardes Institute

Shpeils and Schnapps: A Pre-Purim Discussion on the custom of drinking, with the Pardes Institute

February 12, 2013 - 19:30

Coffee Bean and Tea LeafNew York, NY  - 

Join Pardes' Yaffa Epstein for coffee and a discussion on "Pour me another" - The famous tale of the Murderous Purim Seudah (Festive meal). 
 Pick up coffee upstairs and join us downstairs for pastries! All Masa Israel alumni are invited but space is limited to 35 people. RSVP here.

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Brandeis University/Middlebury Program in Israel

 

Brandeis University/Middlebury Program in Israel

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Program Description

This is the first and to date, the only Hebrew language immersion program in Israel, where all course work is conducted entirely in Hebrew. The curriculum is designed for intermediate and advanced students who have completed at least four semesters of Hebrew in their home institution.
 
The program offers 10 weekly hours of Hebrew (equivalent to two courses) and two content-courses specifically designed for Hebrew learners. Qualified students may direct enroll in regular university courses alongside local students. Students live in dormitories with Israeli roommates, and they can benefit from the rich social and cultural campus life.
 
This is a full Hebrew language immersion program. All course work is conducted entirely in Hebrew, and students adhere to the Middlebury College Language Pledge.

Highlights

- Semester or full-year options
- All course work is conducted entirely in Hebrew
- Students adhere to Middlebury College Language Pledge
- Curriculum designed for intermediate and adcanced Hebrew language students
- Housing in dormitories with Israeli roommates
- On-site staff in Beer Sheva
- Qualified students may direct enroll for one of their courses at Ben-Gurion University alongside local students
- A wide range of internship/volunteering possibilities
 

For more information, contact:

Mayers, William C. (Bill)
802.443.5745

 

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Vatel

An Exception to the Rule

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Through my Masa scholarship, I have had the privilege to work for the past three and a half months at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Kibbutz Ketura.
 
 

IDC - B.A. in Government

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Program Description

Want to study government in Israel with a curriculum in line with those of the world’s leading government programs? Featuring a first-class team of lecturers and a range of study tracks, the B.A. program in Government at IDC Herzliya is competitive with the schools of government at Harvard, Georgetown, Syracuse, and Princeton. It is comprised of a core curriculum during the first and second years of study, which serves as the basis for a specialist concentration in the third year of the program.
 
Third-year students choose from six areas of specialization including: diplomacy and strategy, government and politics, security and terrorism, the Middle East, and international conflict resolution.
 

*Please note that receiving a Masa scholarship does not imply automatic acceptance to IDC.  The IDC application is a separate process and acceptance is dependent on meeting academic criteria.  

 

For more information, contact:

North America
Lenore LaVine
Director of Recruitment & Marketing
(212) 213-5962
 
Israel & Abroad
Stephanie Miller
Admissions & Recruitment
+972 9 960 2841

 

IDC Herzliya Information Session

IDC Herzliya Information Session

February 3, 2013 - 13:00  -  February 3, 2013 - 15:00

  New York, NY  - 

Live in Israel, Study in English!
Learn more about IDC Herzliya at our information session
Sunday, February 3rd 1pm-3pm
38 West 13th St (b/w Fifth & Sixth Ave)
New York, NY 10011
RSVP to Lenore@afidc.org or 212-213-5962
 
 

Technion - Freshman Year of Engineering & Science - Russian (Nativ)

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Program Description