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.”

Ohad12 Info

 

Tel Aviv University - BSc in Electrical & Electronics Engineering

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Program Description

Diverse in culture and networks, the Faculty of Engineering's International School encourages students from across the world to share ideas, tackle existing theories and question prevailing precedents in the field via its new Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) degree program in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
 
Located within a regional hub for R&D and high-tech operations, our students are exposed to industry via an integrated internship component, a global classroom providing a future network, an internationally-ranked top 100 faculty and a supportive staff. Our faculty members conduct research and teach across a broad range of engineering disciplines, providing exciting opportunities for study and academic progress. Students’ access to world-class laboratories enables familiarity with technological advancements and provides a professional atmosphere for academic achievement.
 
The BSc in Electrical & Electronics Engineering is designed to prepare graduates for responsible engineering positions in research, design, development, application, and operation in the fields of physical (hardware) and systems (software) engineering.
 
Standing at a global forefront for industrial progress and innovation, our students’ hands on educational experience facilitates their emergence as future tech leaders of the 21st century.
 

For more information, contact:

(p): 972 3-640 8605
(f): 972 3-640 5027
 

Tel Aviv University - BA in Liberal Arts

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Program Description

As Israel’s only English-language B.A. program in the Humanities, we build on Tel Aviv University’s long tradition of academic excellence, creating an intimate community of learners who benefit from all that the university has to offer.  
 
Our three-year degree encourages students to explore a wide variety of fields in the Humanities; at the same time, it ensures focus by allowing concentrated study in Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Middle Eastern Studies, Israel and Jewish Studies, Digital Culture and Communication, Philosophy, and Literature.
 

For more information, contact:

Anat Lotan
(t): 972 3-640-5046
(f): 972 3-640-5046

 

 

Dance Jerusalem

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Program Description

DanceJerusalem, initiated jointly by the Rothberg International School (RIS) and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD), combines artistic training in dance technique and creativity with academic exposure to Israel’s challenging social, historical and cultural environment. 
 
DanceJerusalem offers university-level artistic and technical training in the disciplines of Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance (including Ohad Naharin’s GaGa), Choreography, Repertoire and Improvisation. Within the framework of a comprehensive survey course, “Dance in Israel,” you will create, rehearse and perform works with outstanding Israeli composers and choreographers. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of academic courses in Jewish, Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, as well as Hebrew Language.

Masa Alumni Tikkun Olam Committee Brings Family History to Life

Masa Alumni Tikkun Olam Committee Brings Family History to Life

Masa Alumni Tikkun Olam Committee Brings Family History to Life

January 26, 2012

Earlier this year, 15 Masa alumni took part in 3GNY‘s We Educate, a three-part course to  train them to teach their grandparents’ Holocaust experiences in NYC public schools.
After three sessions, the alumni created an event to showcase their work to the Jewish community and spread awareness of the program.
 
On January 25, 40 individuals, Masa alumni and other community members, gathered in Hummus Place in the East Village to hear their peers’ family histories over hummus and pita. Masa alumna Yael Friedman shared her grandparents’ tale of survival, which she only learned because the course gave her the impetus to ask.  Following her experience interning at Yad Vashem through Masa Israel’s Career Israel, Yael registered for the course. 
 
“Masa alumni return from Israel with the passion to make a difference in their communities,” said Rachel Sales, Masa Israel’s Director of Alumni.  ”We Educate provided alumni with tools and training to make a tangible impact.”
 
To get involved in the Masa Israel Tikkun Olam Committee, please contact Rachel Sales at racheltr@masaisrael.org.

Nine Masa Israel Alumni Accepted into Leadership Positions at Local Jewish Federations across North America

Nine Masa Israel Alumni Accepted into Leadership Positions at Local Jewish Federations across North America

January 26, 2012

Launched in Fall 2011, the Masa Israel Federation Fellows program gives exceptional alumni a taste of lay leadership at their Jewish Federations following immersive academic, internship and service programs in Israel. 
Following a competitive application process, Masa Israel Federation Fellows serve as ad-hoc members of Israel-related committee meetings, plan events for Masa Israel alumni at their local Federation and receive a mentor in their communities. They will also attend JFNA’s TribeFest.
 
We applaud these extraordinary alumni in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Orange County! Read more about the alumni below:
 
Masa Ambassadors at The Jewish Community Federation, San Francisco
 
Meirav Honigman, Career Israel alumna, earned her B.A. from Colorado College.  She currently works at the Haas School of Business as an event coordinator.
 
“Going to Israel for an extended stay had always been a dream of mine. Masa Israel’s extensive list of programs and resources helped me tailor the experience into an incredible personal journey.  I am so thankful to Masa and look forward to assuming the Ambassadorship position.  My new role will allow me to work to foster a better connection between Israel and the Bay Area Jewish community.”
 
Allison Siegel, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa alumna, earned her B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
 
“For me, Masa was a game changer.  Living in Israel, surrounded by an amazing community of like-minded people I was able to find happiness, passion and a direction.  Through the Masa Ambassadorship program I hope to share my experiences with others and encourage them to find that same community, whether that’s in Israel or San Francisco.”
 
Masa Israel Federation Fellows at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation
 
Elana Weil, University of Haifa OSP alumna, earned her B.A. from the Honors College of the University of Arizona.  She is a Research Assistant at Judge Baker Children’s Center, Harvard Medical School.
 
“My experiences studying at Haifa University, volunteering as an English tutor for Ethiopian Israeli students, and learning how to effectively advocate for Israel through the BFL program, were sources of invaluable education and leadership development.  These opportunities, enabled by Masa Israel, have significantly shaped my Jewish identity and role as a leader. I applied to the Masa Federation Fellows program because I wanted to become an active contributor to my new Jewish community in Boston.  It gives me a deep sense of satisfaction to work to increase Jewish young adults’ passion and involvement in their community and in Israel.”
 
Matthew Molberger, Kibbutz Ulpan alumnus, earned his B.A. from Connecticut College.  He currently works in consulting.
 
“I am relatively new to the Boston area and am looking to take an active role in the city’s Jewish community.  As a Masa program alumnus, the Fellows Program would allow me to give back to Masa. I am very grateful for my experience and would like to serve as a resource for potential Masa program participants.”
 
Masa Israel Federation Fellow at  the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County
 
Bethany Spielberg, Oranim Tel Aviv Internship alumna, earned her B.S. from California State University, Fullerton.  She is currently a graduate student at CSU Fullerton, where she is pursuing an M.A. in education.
 
“Upon graduation, I spent five months volunteering in Tel Aviv through Masa Israel. After this experience I recognized how important it was to surround myself with young, ambitious Jews, and sought out different Jewish groups in my area. Masa served as the link to strengthen my ties with Judaism in a vibrant and robust way. The opportunity to meet Jews from all over the world in a foreign country allowed us to explore Judaism through developing close relationships and participating in new experiences.  Combining this opportunity with the ability to give back to Israel was priceless and memorable. The Masa Federation Fellows experience will improve my leadership qualities, strengthen my connections and the Jewish community, and provide a beneficial way to give back to my Jewish community.
 
Masa Israel Federation Fellows at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
 
Brett Goldman, IDC Herzliya graduate program alumnus, earned his B.A. from Farleigh Dickinson.  He is currently the political director of Nova-Comm Strategy Group, LLC.
 
“I think that the Masa Federation Fellows program will allow for new insight to be gained about the needs of Masa alumni in the context of the Jewish Federation.”
 
Arielle Tepper, Career Israel alumna, earned her B.A. from the University of Miami.  She currently works at Reform Congregation Kneseth Israel.
 
"Masa was a great resource to use when I was looking for a gap program between my undergraduate and graduate studies. It provided me with a variety of options, most of which I heard about through fellows at various events. As a Masa Israel Federation Fellow, I would be able to spread the word about the various opportunities available outside of my job. I believe every Jew should have the opportunity at some point in their lives to spend time living or traveling around Israel and this fellowship would help me get the word out to more than just my local community."
 
Masa Israel Observership Program at the UJA-Federation of New York
 
Annie Lascoe, OTZMA alumna, earned her B.A. from Washington University of St. Louis.  She is currently a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.
 
“After spending a year on a Masa Israel program, I knew that I would need to put energy into maintaining my sense of connection to Israel and to am yisrael–but I was unsure how to proceed. It wasn’t until a year after my return from my Masa program, when I was leading a Birthright trip, that I realized that I needed to simultaneously act as an emissary for Masa programs and an agent for change within my local Jewish community in order to realize this vision for my Jewish future. Miraculously, I received an email about the Masa Israel/UJA-Federation Observership program within days of this realization; and I knew that in order to begin my Jewish journey as an active Masa alum in NYC, the opportunity to learn firsthand what it means to be a lay leader in the Jewish community and how I can influence Israel programming would be an invaluable experience. I am honored to be part of this program”
 
Daniel Cohen, Career Israel alumnus, earned his B.A. from Brandeis University.  He currently works at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
 
“I chose to do Career Israel because it provided the ideal way to acquire additional work experience while working abroad, meet Jews from all over the world and explore Israel. When I received the email about the Observership program, I jumped at the opportunity to help educate other Masa Israel alumni about the services that UJA-Federation provides for the community.”
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