Jewish Press: Hundreds of Jewish Leaders in First-Ever Jewish Agency Board of Governors Meetings in Paris

Jewish Press: Hundreds of Jewish Leaders in First-Ever Jewish Agency Board of Governors Meetings in Paris

June 22, 2016

By JNi Media

"France is home to the second-largest Jewish community in the world outside Israel, and Aliyah from France has topped the charts in recent years, with some 33,000 French Jews immigrating to Israel over the past decade, including 7,800 just last year. The Jewish Agency for Israel has increased significantly its presence in France, in order to handle the influx of French Jewish immigrants and has expanded specialized opportunities for French Jewish young people to experience life in Israel through the Masa Israel Journey and Onward Israel."

Vestnik Kavkaza: Jerusalem Day in Moscow

Vestnik Kavkaza: Jerusalem Day in Moscow

Vestnik Kavkaza: Jerusalem Day in Moscow

May 30, 2016

By Vestnik Kavkaza


"The festival was supported by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, the Government of Moscow, the Moscow City Duma, the Federal Jewish National and Cultural Autonomy, RJC Women's League, the Moscow Jewish Community House, Masa, ‘El Al Israel’ and the Open Channel."



New Jersey Jewish News: At Y, celebrating Israel, honoring its fallen

New Jersey Jewish News: At Y, celebrating Israel, honoring its fallen

New Jersey Jewish News: At Y, celebrating Israel, honoring its fallen

May 18, 2016

By Elaine Durbach


"The event, jointly sponsored by the GMW federation’s Global Connections department; the Y, an agency of the federation; and Masa Israel, was funded with donations from the Halpern and Kramer families."


Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu's man in DC

Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu's man in DC

Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu's man in DC

May 14, 2016

By Herb Keinon


"The best thing that leaders in Jewish communities across America could do for Israel is to figure out how to lower the cost of Jewish education dramatically to make it affordable for anyone who wants it and to promote greater awareness of Jewish history for young people and adults. They should also continue to support terrific programs like Birthright and Masa that strengthen Jewish identity."

Times Standard: HSU, CR gear up for grad weekend

Times Standard: HSU, CR gear up for grad weekend

May 12, 2016

By Marc Vartabedian and Hunter Cresswell


"Senior Sharon Herslikovitz is readying for a 10-month trip to Israel with the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows where she will teach English to children.

'I’m very ready to graduate; I’ve had a memorable time here at HSU, but I’m ready for what’s next,' said Herslikovitz, a child development major with a minor in communications."

Jewish News Service: Standing in unity with Israel, flaws and all

Jewish News Service: Standing in unity with Israel, flaws and all

Jewish News Service: Standing in unity with Israel, flaws and all

May 9, 2016

By Jerry Silverman/


"It is toward unity that I believe we should strive—not a unity that is blind to Israel’s flaws, but a unity that inspires us to help Israel improve and continue to grow. And, so on this 68th anniversary of the State of Israel, I say Baruch Hashem, praise God that we have an Israel in our lifetime. Four out of five of my children have experienced a year in Israel on Masa programs. My nephew will be honored on Yom Ha’atzmaut for his exemplary service in the Israeli navy during a ceremony at President Rivlin’s house. He, his siblings, and his first cousins are my family’s next generation of Israelis." 

The Jerusalem Post: Israeliness is the answer

The Jerusalem Post: Israeliness is the answer

The Jerusalem Post: Israeliness is the answer

May 5, 2016

By Adam Milstein


"The great success of many programs, such as Masa Israel, Gap Year, and in particular, Birthright – with its half a million alumni – illustrate how visiting, exploring and experiencing Israel makes a transformative difference for young people. Research shows that attending a Birthright trip increases one’s desire to date Jewish and raise Jewish children, leads participants to feel more positive about their Jewish identity, and strengthens their connection to their Jewish homeland."


Same, Same But Different: July 4 v. Yom Ha'atzmaut

<div class="masa-blog-title">Same, Same But Different: July 4 v. Yom Ha'atzmaut</div>

Politics and international relations aside, the United States and Israel have quite a bit in common. Case in point: both countries know how to party like it's their birthday.


July 4 Swag

alt="Old Navy Flag T Shirt"

Photo Credit: Old Navy



Yom Ha'atzmaut Swag

alt="Israeli Flag Swag"

.קלַאסִי (that's classic in Hebrew)

Photo Credit: Real Jerusalem Streets


July 4 at the Beach

alt="American Flag Swim Suits"

Photo Credit: Alabama Media Group

Partying like it's 1776?


Yom Ha'atzmaut at the Beach

alt="Israeli Airforce Planes Fly Over Beach"

Photo Credit: Jerusalem World News

Partying like it's 1948?


July 4 Tradition

alt="Nathan's Famous Coney Island"

Photo Credit: New York Daily News

Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY.


July 4 Parade

alt="Colonial Marching Band"

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Kickin' it old school.


Yom Ha'atzmaut Parade

alt="IDF flag parade"

Photo Credit: Alamy

Fancy flag formations.


July 4 Fireworks over the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

alt="Fireworks Over the U.S. Capitol"

Photo Credit: TV Insider

Oh say, can you see...


Yom Ha'atzmaut Fireworks over the Knesset in Jerusalem

alt="Fireworks Over the Israeli Knesset"

Photo Credit: Israel Today

כֹּל עוֹד בַּלֵּבָב פְּנִימָה...
(As long as deep within our hearts...)


5 Reasons to Study Abroad At Tel Aviv University

<div class="masa-blog-title">5 Reasons to Study Abroad At Tel Aviv University</div>

Making a decision to study abroad can be exciting but it can also be a bit stressful. All your friends want to go to Barcelona while others want to go to Greece or Paris. While those are all great locations, Israel is one that is often bypassed. Where else can you get a combination of beach, history, and top notch education?


Well, there is a place called Tel Aviv University (TAU). This international university has everything you want and need in a study abroad experience. Here are 5 reasons you should consider studying abroad in Tel Aviv University:

1. Location

Tel Aviv University is located in Ramat Aviv, the hippest and most high end neighborhood in Tel Aviv. Minutes away from the beach and city life, this university campus has so much to offer! Tel Aviv is also home to celebrities, tourist from all over the world, and young professional Israelis. While many criticize Tel Avivians for living in a “Bubble”, you will quickly learn that everything and anything happens in Tel Aviv. 

2. International Student Body

If you are interested in making friends from all over the world, TAU is the right place. People from all walks of life attend this university. Known for its unique international programs and top notch professors, TAU is made up of an international student body like no other. Meet people from Europe, Russia, South America, Africa, etc… This diversity adds to the classroom dynamic and gives you the opportunity to learn from other cultures.


3. Professors

During your semester abroad, you will take English-taught courses and a Hebrew Ulpan course. Learn how to live like a local and get university credit. The professors at TAU are field experts and active professionals. At TAU, students are able to learn from these experts and build unique relationships.

4. Activities

Now to the fun part; TAU is a playground of activities that can vary from going to the beach to biking the streets of Tel Aviv. There is so much to do; the only problem you will run into is how to balance your time. TAU has weekly and social events that vary from salsa dancing to Krav Maga.

5. Nightlife


Last but not least, forget Ibiza and Miami. Tel Aviv has the world’s best night life and the best looking people in the world. Studying abroad at TAU has it’s perks, every school year the international program has a committee that sets up events for international and Israeli students to mingle and have fun. This means exclusive entry to the best venues in Tel Aviv and private parties just for TAU students.


To learn more about Tel Aviv University's study abroad program, click here


Headlines from Israel: June 13-17, 2016

<div class="masa-blog-title">Headlines from Israel: June 13-17, 2016</div>

We know it can be hard for alumni and parents to keep up with the news in Israel, so we've collected some of this week's top headlines for you:


Reuters: Israel Elected to Head Permanent U.N. Committee for First Time


alt="Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Dannon"


Israel on Monday won an election to chair the United Nations' legal committee, the first time that it will head one of the world body's six permanent committees since joining the U.N. in 1949.


While it is a largely symbolic and procedural role, chairing the committee will give Israel a chance to have a higher profile in routine affairs at the United Nations.


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Haaretz: Senior Hamas Member Reportedly Defects to Israel


alt="Hammas fighters in an underground tunnel in Gaza"


Bassam Mahmoud Baraka is said to be highly knowledgeable about the militant group's tunnels in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian websites report.


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The Times of Israel: Nothing will stop Queen and Adam Lambert from Israel Concert


alt="Queen guitarist Brian May and Adam Lambert"


The iconic band with their latest singer, ‘American Idol’ contestant Lambert, set date for September performance.


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Vanity Fair: Curb Your Enthusiasm will return to HBO after 5-year hiatus


alt="Larry David"


We realize this isn't quite Israeli news, but the comeback of this Jewish pop-culture icon is pretty big news for the tribe.


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The Jerusalem Post: Religious war at Western Wall: Skirmish over egalitarian prayer service


alt="Altercation between haredi and non-Orthodox worshipers at the Western Wall"


An egalitarian prayer service at the Western Wall descended into a bad-tempered skirmish on Thursday, when haredi demonstrators sabotaged the event that was intended to underline the demand for a pluralistic prayer space at the site.


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