Out in full force at AIPAC's Policy Conference

<div class="masa-blog-title">Out in full force at AIPAC's Policy Conference</div>

By Avi Rubel, Masa Israel North American Director
 
Masa Israel was proud to be out in full force at AIPAC's Policy Conference this week in Washington, DC.
 
Of the more than 13,000 participants there were approximately 2,000 young adults--a very large number of them Masa Israel alumni.
 
It is wonderful to see that the growth in Masa participation is leading
 

Masa alumni Hebrew conversation club comes to Brooklyn!

<div class="masa-blog-title">Masa alumni Hebrew conversation club comes to Brooklyn!</div>

By Rachel Sales, Masa Israel Director of Alumni and Public Relations
 
This past week, Moishe House DUMBO and the Masa Israel alumni culture committee launched the bimonthly Hebrew conversation club.
 
Over delicious borekas, pita and hummus, we got excited for Purim–describing our past celebrations in Israel and trading ideas about mishloah manot.
 

A New Jerusalem

<div class="masa-blog-title">A New Jerusalem</div>

By Candace Mittel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
I may have mistaken a container of soft cheese for a yogurt and eaten every last bit of it with a spoon and sugar (which, in fact, did not make it more bearable), and I may have sprinted down the shuk, dodging tomatoes and rugelach, as I was chased by an aggressive olive vender squirting his water bottle at me, but besides a few bus rides in the wrong direction, my time in Israel thus far has be
 

Times of Israel: California State University reinstates Israel study-abroad program

Times of Israel: California State University reinstates Israel study-abroad program

February 22, 2012

The University of Haifa announced Tuesday that California State University students, who had been banned from studying in Israel, would now be able to attend its classes.
The American university had suspended all study-abroad programs in Israel in 2002 due to security concerns. Despite efforts to have them reinstated, so far only Haifa has been successful in repealing the ban.
 
The reinstatement was not made lightly. Haifa’s academic credentials were examined, and representatives of both universities’ campus security staff met to discuss relevant protocols before the decision could be reached.
 

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Masa Alumni Hebrew Conversation Club

Masa Alumni Hebrew Conversation Club

February 29, 2012 - 19:30  -  February 29, 2012 - 21:00

Moishe House DUMBOBrooklyn, NY  -  United States

The Masa Israel Alumni Culture Club and the Moishe House Dumbo invite you to share in an evening of Hebrew conversation and Israeli cuisine! 
If you are interested in practicing your language skills in an informal setting while delighting in kosher Middle Eastern fare come join us for our first Ivrit meet-up.  Food and drink will be served, and (Hebrew) dialogue encouraged.  
 
 
Once you register, you will receive the Moishe House Dumbo’s address by email. If you have any questions, please contact Masa Israel’s Director of Alumni Rachel Trager Sales at racheltr@masaisrael.org.

Live Your TLV in NYC – Alumni Kickoff Party

Live Your TLV in NYC – Alumni Kickoff Party

February 16, 2012 - 21:00  -  February 17, 2012 (All day)

113 LudlowNew York, NY  -  United States

Join fellow alumni from the NYC area to dance, drink responsibly, enjoy Israeli themes, and reconnect (or make new connections) with friends from your Masa Israel experience.
There are more events to come and this is a great way to start it all off. $6 in advance/$8 at the door. Your ticket includes a free drink!
 

Interested in Doing Business in Israel? – Networking Lunch

Interested in Doing Business in Israel? – Networking Lunch

February 9, 2012 - 12:00  -  February 9, 2012 - 13:30

580 Howard Street, Suite 101San Francisco, CA  -  United States

Join us for lunch with David Blumberg, Managing Partner of Blumberg Capital, an early-stage venture firm that works closely with innovative entrepreneurs to build exceptional companies, headquartered in San Francisco with team members located in New York and Israel. 
David has been investing in early stage technology companies for more than 24 years. His current investment focus includes Digital Media, Social Media, Mobility, SaaS/Technology Enabled Services and Internet. He earned his AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD.
 
Sitting is limited. RSVP to Masa Israel Northwest Regional Director  Danna Rubin at DannaR@sfjcf.org.

UDelaware Engineering, Science, & Technology Career Fair

UDelaware Engineering, Science, & Technology Career Fair

February 28, 2012 - 12:00  -  February 28, 2012 - 15:30

Bob Carpenter Sports BuildingNewark, DE  -  United States

This fair targets the all engineering, technology, and science majors (biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechology, information technology, math, physics, etc).
 
The job fair is open to all University of Delaware students, alumni and experienced candidates from the greater community.

Ashley Gold

Ashley Gold

Tel Aviv University
As an undergraduate student at Penn State, Ashley Gold first traveled to Israel with Birthright and decided she needed to return. “I always knew I wanted to study abroad—and I had already been to Europe,” says Ashley. “Then after Birthright, there was nowhere else I wanted to spend an extended period of time but Israel.”
 
Through Masa Israel’s program at Tel Aviv University, Ashley, an English and international studies major and journalism minor, took courses in Hebrew, Israeli art, creative writing, and the history of Tel Aviv, which included walking tours around the city.
 
“On Birthright, you see that Israel is amazing, but you get a small view of the country,” says Ashley. “I came back to expand on that view, and learned a ton that I never realized—that Israel is a developed country that isn’t just a melting pot of Jewish culture but has a unique Israeli culture.” Through a column in the Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, Ashley was able to share her findings with her community on a regular basis.
 
While frequenting Tel Aviv restaurants and hanging out in the city, Ashley and her friends had no trouble meeting and befriending Israelis. “I love that they have a relaxed attitude, but that they’re also really hard workers and motivated,” says Ashley. During her months in Israel, there were a ton of Jewish holidays that Ashley celebrated like an Israeli. During Yom Hazikaron, she headed to Mount Herzl for a
 
ceremony. “The prime minister gave a speech and families with sons and daughters who were soldiers were there,” said Ashley. “I never thought I’d be able to have that kind of experience.” Though Ashley chose to leave Israel for Passover—attending a seder in Prague—she said that one of her strongest memories is how happy she was to return to Israel after the short break.
 
When Ashley returned to Penn State, she enrolled in a course about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and continued to read The Jerusalem Post and Ha’aretz each day. At an internship at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Ashley was assigned a few opinion pieces about Israel. Following her
graduation from Penn State, Ashley got a job as a metro reporter at the Reading Eagle. Excited about her new job, she still looks forward to returning to Israel. “My room is filled with art from Shuk HaCarmel and a tapestry from Jerusalem,” Ashley says. “These will never not be in my room. They are mementos from my time in Israel that I carry with me wherever I go.”