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
 

Masa Israel's Building Future Leaders Fellowship

Masa Israel's Building Future Leaders Fellowship

May 9, 2013 (All day)  -  May 11, 2013 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Masa Israel Journey's Building Future Leadership participants will be given the opportunity to apply for one of our various fellowships such as: Federation Fellowship, Partnership2gether fellowship, Israel Advocacy Fellowship, etc. 
Selected participants will be invited for a follow-up seminar that will take place in Jerusalem, which will include practical tools and ideas that will enable you to succeed in your chosen fellowship. 

Masa Israel Leadership Summit - Spring

Masa Israel Leadership Summit - Spring

March 10, 2013 (All day)  -  March 14, 2013 (All day)

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

The Masa Israel Leadership Summit is an intensive, 5 day learning and skill-building seminar for exceptional participants of Masa Israel programs from around the world. 
The seminar is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a strong and active Jewish leader through learning, leadership training, community service and involvement in your local community. By offering you dynamic and interactive programming and a support network of peers from around the world, the Masa Israel Leadership Summit helps you leverage your deep connection with Israel to prepare you for active involvement in Jewish life when you return home.
 
Applications due by March 1. Open to all Masa Israel participants.
 
 

Israel on My Mind: Aliyah Evening Seminar

Israel on My Mind: Aliyah Evening Seminar

January 10, 2013 (All day)

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

Now that you've spent some real time in Israel, are you thinking about taking the next step and making Aliyah? 
Join us for an evening seminar and explore what Israel has to offer new olim. Ask questions, learn about the process and meet peers who are also considering taking the next step.

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff (Academic)

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff (Academic)

August 29, 2012 (All day)  -  August 30, 2012 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Are you a staff member of one of Masa Israel's acadmic programs?
Join us for an enrichment day designed just for you! Meet other program staff, share ideas and experiences, take part in team-building exercises, and learn conflict resolution techniques, marketing skills, and much more.
 
For staff of acadmic/study abroad programs

MasaFest 2012 featuring the Idan Raichel Project

MasaFest 2012 featuring the Idan Raichel Project

October 29, 2012 - 19:00

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

Join us as we kick off the 2012 – 2013 season! Meet new friends from all over the world and begin your journey with the rest of the Masa Israel Community.
Idan Raichel is a widely acclaimed Israeli singer/songwriter and founder of the Idan Raichel Project.
 
Cost – 40 NIS
 

Dena Stein

Dena Stein

Director of Alumni Affairs

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For three months I studied at the Masa Israel-accredited Hebrew University in Jerusalem, doing a semester exchange during my third year of law school at the University of Windsor in Canada. 
 
From the time I first learned about the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, I knew I would choose Israel.
 

Israel Campus Beat: Israel's Study Abroad Opportunities Expand

Israel Campus Beat: Israel's Study Abroad Opportunities Expand

August 22, 2012

By Sandra Ziv
 
During the 1970s and 1980s -- and even before then -- most North American students who came to Israel on a study abroad program were looking for a connection to their heritage.
The majority of the students participating in these programs were Jewish, or looking for a Jewish connection. As a result, most of the university programs were designed to fulfill this need.
 
These study abroad programs offered courses primarily related to Israeli history and culture, Jewish history, culture and identity, and the study of Hebrew. The programs offered by the Rothberg School at the Hebrew University and by Tel Aviv University fit this classic description of Study Abroad in Israel.
 
At that time, the University of Haifa International School was one of the few programs that offered an alternative. It attracted non-Jewish students, as well as Jewish students who were looking for something other than a "Jewish experience" in Israel. 
 
Today's Millennial students (Generation Y) are a more discerning group. Their reasons for coming to study in Israel and the goals they are trying to achieve are quite different from those students in previous years. 
 
Today's student is more demanding as to the type of experience he or she expects and what their requirements are to make that happen. The student coming to Israel today is looking for more than a connection to his or her heritage; often, the student is not Jewish, and even among the Jews who come, many do not identify as practicing Jews. Today, students come to study in Israel for many reasons, including professional advancement, academic requirements, personal growth, international experience, an alternative to the classroom and, of course, in some cases, a connection to their Jewish heritage. 
 
In order to accommodate the new student, innovative programs have sprung up, in addition to the classic Israeli study abroad programs. Today's offerings include full degree programs in engineering, academic-based volunteer programs, internships, work-study programs, religious learning, secular yeshivas, professional training programs and many more options. 
 
Israel's universities have responded to this trend by modifying their academic offerings to meet today's demand. The five major universities – the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University, the Technion, and University of Haifa - now offer courses in engineering, creative arts, business and entrepreneurship and academic honors programs. 
 
Students have opportunities to participate in experiential learning internships and to receive professional mentoring. By widening the offerings and establishing an environment of acceptance of all student types, the university study abroad programs in Israel seek to remain relevant and challenging amidst the wealth of alternative programs being offered today around the world.
 
Of course, the traditional offerings of Jewish and Israeli history and culture subjects will always form the backbone of the curriculum offered to overseas students at Israel's universities, but in order to continue to grow and be attractive in a competitive environment of international study opportunities, Israeli academic programming needs to continue to evolve together with the student it is trying to attract.
 
Sandra Ziv is director of marketing at the University of Haifa International School. This article was originally published in Israel Campus Beat and is the fourth installment of several 'Summer Series' articles, written by campus and organizational professionals who are uniquely situated to comment on the state of Israel advocacy on college campuses across the US.