The 13 Stages of Being a Masa Israel Alum at the JFNA General Assembly

Masa Israel Alumni Fellow of the Week: Arya Marvazy

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Leadership events (for post-college)

Leadership events (for post-college)

November 22, 2015 (All day)  -  November 26, 2015 (All day)

  Jerusalem  -  Israel

Masa Israel Leadership Summit 

Every year we invite the most exceptional participants of Masa Israel programs to five intensive days dedicated to helping them become strong and active Jewish leaders in their local communities. The Seminar offers them dynamic and interactive programming and creates the opportunity to build a support network of peers from around the world.

Leadership events (for post-college)

Leadership events (for post-college)

November 22, 2015 (All day)  -  November 26, 2015 (All day)

  Jerusalem  -  Israel

Masa Israel Leadership Summit 

Every year we invite the most exceptional participants of Masa Israel programs to five intensive days dedicated to helping them become strong and active Jewish leaders in their local communities. The Seminar offers them dynamic and interactive programming and creates the opportunity to build a support network of peers from around the world.

Leadership

Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 4, 2016 (All day)  -  May 5, 2016 (All day)

  Jerusalem  - 

Holocaust Remembrance Day's central ceremony will be held in the evening at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem - World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration.

The Israeli government established Yad Vashem in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. The ceremony will be accompanied by educational activities with the joint cooperation of the Yad Vashem School for Holocaust Studies, who  will be hosting us the following day.

Masa Israel to Bring Alumni and Hillel Professionals to JFNA General Assembly

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Every year, Masa Israel Journey selects outstanding alumni to attend the annual Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly.


This year, we're bringing an extraordinary group of Masa Israel alumni who create Jewish communities as Hillel professionals on college campuses across North America:

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Philippa Greenwald

Philippa Greenwald

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Mifgasim Shabton

Mifgasim Shabton

November 5, 2015 (All day)  -  November 7, 2015 (All day)

  Jerusalem  - 

A unique opportunity to meet young adults from around the world and learn together about Israel, Judaism and themselves.

Participants from 64 countries, 3 days, 1 global Jewish community. We will tour the Negev, meet Israelis students, celebrate Shabbat together, and explore what connect us as Jewish people from all around the world. A unique opportunity to meet young adults from around the world and learn together about Israel, Judaism and themselves.

The Jerusalem Post: 4,000 Jews gather to celebrate Masa opening

The Jerusalem Post: 4,000 Jews gather to celebrate Masa opening

The Jerusalem Post: 4,000 Jews gather to celebrate Masa opening

October 27, 2015

By Josh Dell

 

An electric atmosphere filled Jerusalem's Pais Arena Monday night, as some 4,000 participants from Masa programs across Israel celebrated the launching of the organization’s new year of activities at the annual MyMasa Event, which included an address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a performance by Ivri Lider. 

The prime minster commented that, “You know that you’re here because something very special is happening here, because you are the Jewish leaders of tomorrow, and we appreciate the fact that you are giving yourself a wonderful opportunity not just to help, but to learn.”

 

Since 2004, more than 100,000 people from all over the world have taken part in Masa programs, ranging from volunteering to studying and interning at companies and institutions throughout Israel.

 

At the core of Masa’s success has been its ability to reach out to the Jewish Diaspora. Its 12,000 participants taking part in programs this year alone come from France, South Africa, the US, Latin America, and CIS nations.

 

One is Yevgeniya Ivanova, 23, from Odessa, Ukraine, who is taking part in a 10-month Masa program organized by the group Real Life Israel.

 

She is spending five months learning Hebrew in an ulpan in Jerusalem and five months interning in Tel Aviv. She reports that Masa allows her “to gain work experience and find out about my heritage, as well as gaining life experience that I’ll only get here.”

 

Alon Gamzu, CEO of the Tel Aviv-based tech start-up Roundforest, praised Masa interns’ impact on his company’s development, noting how “Masa has played a big part in our journey. Being based in Israel can be a challenge in our industry. Masa interns from the US help us to better understand and engage with our target users.”

 

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky told the gathering: “You should remember every moment of our life here.

 

You should remember how you enjoyed this great atmosphere.

 

You should remember how you enjoyed life in this proud, democratic, Jewish state.” He looked to the crowd and told them, “You are our ambassadors.”

 

Masa CEO Liran Avisar commended the tenacity of the current tranche of Masa participants, noting that “these days it makes it even more special to have this event in the heart of Jerusalem. We don’t have participants who’ve left since what happened security-wise, and it feels good that so many registered and so many are coming.”

 

 

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.