Update from Masa Israel: Community Hotline Established

Update from Masa Israel: Community Hotline Established

November 19, 2012

The safety and security of Masa Israel Journey program participants, staff and partners is our top priority.
As a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa Israel programs receive updated information regularly from the Israeli Home Front Command regarding safety and security and are able to respond to official recommendations. Our staff continues to be in touch with every Masa Israel program to ensure information is shared effectively and to assist as needed.
 
As Operation Pillar of Defense began this past week, the Israeli Home Front Command issued an advisory for individuals within a forty kilometer radius of the Gaza Strip. Masa Israel Journey has maintained direct contact with programs operating in the South of Israel and has assisted in relocating participants to Tel Aviv and further north. All Masa Israel program participants based in the South have been relocated outside of the 40 kilometer radius. 
 
Over the last few days, additional areas of Israel have been affected by rocket fire and Masa Israel Journey continues to be in close and continuous contact with all of its programs and with the Home Front Command to monitor the situation. We will make additional policy decisions as needed per the instructions given by Israeli Home Front Command.
 
We are instructing all Masa Israel programs to update participants regularly regarding security and safety procedures and to ensure access to shelters in case of civil defense alarms. Masa Israel is also working with program directors to make psychological and educational resources available as needed.
 
We are encouraging all programs to help participants communicate with their families. Masa Israel has established a hotline for parents, family and community members needing assistance contacting participants or other information. If you need assistance connecting with a family or community member who is on a Masa Israel program, please call: 
 
6 am EST -  3pm EST (Israel Office) 
1-866-864-3279 / +972-2-621-6049
masainfo@masaisrael.org
 
3pm EST - 11pm EST (New York Office)
1-855-462-6272
masany@masaisrael.org
 
These are difficult days for Israel and for Jewish communities around the world. Masa Israel is committed to ensuring a safe and secure Israel experience for all of our participants, not only during these difficult days, but year-round.
 
Please feel free to be directly in touch with us with any questions or concerns.
 
Thank you for your continued support.
 

Security Update From Masa Israel

Security Update From Masa Israel

November 15, 2012

The safety and security of Masa Israel Journey program participants, staff and partners is our top priority.
Masa Israel Journey maintains strict standards for safety and security on all program sponsored activities. Masa Israel has been in touch directly with programs located in the south and many have either relocated their programs temporarily or have placed participants in communities further north.
 
As a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa Israel programs receive updated information regarding safety and security regularly and are able to respond to official recommendations. Our staff is in touch with every Masa Israel program to ensure information is shared effectively and to assist as needed.
 
If you have questions regarding safety and security, please contact us on Facebook at facebook.com/masaisrael, on Twitter at @masaisrael or speak with our helpdesk at 1.866.864.3279 or masainfo@masaisrael.org.

A Semester of Surprises

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When I told people I was going to study abroad in Jerusalem, they inevitably made a face. 
 
“Why don’t you go to Europe? You spent all that time learning French,” some said. Or, “Oh I’ve heard of Semester at Sea.
 

Masa Israel Alumni Leadership Summit

Masa Israel Alumni Leadership Summit

October 14, 2012 - 14:00  -  October 14, 2012 - 16:30

UJA FederationNew York, NY  - 

You returned from Israel last month, last year, 2 years ago…Now what? New York is a big place, and Masa Israel wants to help make it smaller.
Come to the Alumni Leadership Summit to
-connect with other Israel program alumni,
-hone your professional skills, and
-get information on involvement opportunities here in New York!
 
The cost of this awesome opportunity…FREE!! But spaces are limited so sign up in advance by visiting www.masaisrael.org/alumnisummit2012.
Here’s the event schedule:
2:00 Registration & networking
2:20 Greetings
2:45 Breakout Sessions
–How Does My Israel Experience Inform My Career?
–Finding Your Place In the Professional Jewish World
–Get Involved: Where Can I Make a Difference?
3:30 New York Engagement Fair & Networking
 
This event is open to all Masa Israel alumni. Light snacks will be served. You must have an ID with you to enter the event. Thank you to the event co-chairs, Dina Silberstein & Hallie Cohn. Contact Dena Stein (denast@masaisrael.org) for more information.

Celebrate like a local: festivals during Sukkot 2012

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Sukkot—the holiday of gathering. No matter where in the world you are, people will be by your side, celebrating in many different ways. And of course, there is no better place to celebrate Sukkot than in Israel, the best and biggest “sukkah” of them all!
 
Make this Sukkot special and exciting at the many different activities going on all over Israel.
 

Masa Alumni Shabbaton

Masa Alumni Shabbaton

January 18, 2013 (All day)  -  January 19, 2013 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Want to reconnect with Masa in Israel? Want to reunite with your fellow Masa Israel friends? Want to share your experiences since you've graduated with us? Join us to help shape Masa Israel’s alumni activities in Israel.
The events is designed for alumni who are already in Israel. 

Masa Conference and End of the Year Event

Masa Conference and End of the Year Event

May 20, 2013 (All day)

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

The Masa Conference features interactive discussions and lectures from leading figures in the Jewish and Israeli world. 
Come join us as we celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of your next journey.  

Commemoration Ceremony for Israel's Fallen Soldiers

Commemoration Ceremony for Israel's Fallen Soldiers

April 14, 2013 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Join us for a special ceremony, created just for Masa Israel participants, to learn about and pay tribute to a few of the many fallen soldiers and victims of terror. 
Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) begins with a siren at 8:00 pm.

A Taste of Israeli Culture

A Taste of Israeli Culture

February 18, 2013 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Explore Israeli culture firsthand. Take part in a variety of workshops and meet Israeli artists, singers, writers, dancers and actors.
Cost – 35 NIS
 

Enrichment Evening for French Participants

Enrichment Evening for French Participants

January 24, 2013 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Come meet fellow French participants from various Masa Israel programs while enjoying an evening of lectures and workshops. 
Open to Masa Israel participants on French-speaking programs