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From Knesset to Campus: Birthright's Lasting Effect

From Knesset to Campus: Birthright's Lasting Effect

From Knesset to Campus: Birthright's Lasting Effect

December 27, 2011

Many Birthright participants look for ways to get back to Israel almost immediately after they return home. 
"I was this little person in the middle of this desert and I kind of took a step back and thought, 'how did I get here?'"
These are Tulane University junior Alli Garner's words, describing her emotions when she looks back on her Birthright Israel experience. So how do students get from the Negev desert to learning about the history, culture and current politics of Israel after they return from Birthright? How do they continue the odyssey from intensive experience in Israel to making a lasting impact on campus?
(For insights into how many leaders of the American Jewish community view the challenge of engaging post-Birthright students in pro-Israel campus advocacy see ICB's report from the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, held last month in Denver.) 
Birthright catapults students into the world of Israel activism on and off campus. With more than 50% of last summer’s trip participants hailing from universities all over North America -- and similarly large numbers of those participating in winter break trips now -- many students seek more ways to get involved. From pro-Israel groups to studying abroad, and even moving to Israel, Birthright is a key stepping-stone to many students' lifelong activism in the pro-Israel community.


Program Description


Betar - Wingate


Program Description

The Betar/Wingate program is joint venture between the world renowned Wingate Institute (a global leader in professional fitness & health education), and the Betar movement. This five month program offers a professional physical fitness & health instructor’s course or a Krav Maga instructor's course, which combines intense physical training together with class study and across the country trips all over Israel.
Participant enjoy access to the elite training facilities of The Zinman College for Physical Education and Sport at the Wingate institute and of the KRAV MAGUEN ISRAELI  association (KAMI) for the Krav Maga course. 

For more information, please contact:

Daniel Cohen


cell- 0508422231


A New Year, A New Community

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By Chris Khoury, Michigan State University student, studying abroad at the Rothberg International School – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Rosh Hashanah. The new year. This was the first time that I observed the holiday, and being in Jerusalem made it all the more incredible. The holiday was eerily appropriate, coinciding with the start of my year-long study abroad in Jerusalem—truly the start of very new year for me.

American students bring Thanksgiving's message of coexistence to the Middle East

American students bring Thanksgiving's message of coexistence to the Middle East

November 21, 2011

This Thanksgiving, holiday traditions and messages are going farther than the family dinner table. 
In fact, they are going all the way to the Middle East as American young adults spending time abroad will be spreading the message of coexistence throughout diverse communities by recreating the Thanksgiving feast from their childhood. 
Masa Israel Journey, a project of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Government, sends more than 6,000 young Americans to Israel each year to study, intern, and volunteer, as well as spread a peaceful and harmonious message. Diverse groups of people such as Arabs, Israeli Jews, Palestinians, Europeans, and American peers are all positively affected by the introduction and blending of Thanksgiving traditions.

Haifa University


Program Description

The Year/Semester Abroad program at the University of Haifa grants you an unparalleled study abroad experience that combines challenging academics with the opportunity to immerse yourself in an Israeli university. International students can choose to attend the program for one semester or for a full academic year and are expected to take three to five courses each semester.
All of the courses in the International School are taught in English and are fully accredited. Students who are proficient in Hebrew are welcome to take courses in all other departments of the university.

For more information , please contact:

Admissions Department +972-4-828-8728

Jerusalem Sounds


Program Description

Jerusalem Sounds, a program of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School (RIS), includes a full music program consisting of individual instruction, performance in small and large ensembles and classes in Jewish and Israeli music.
You can also choose from a wide range of university courses in Religious, Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Studies, as well as Hebrew Language. 

Hebrew University Undergraduate Study Abroad - 2nd to 4th Year Students


Program Description

Imagine immersing yourself in Jerusalem’s archaeology while walking its streets, examining its ancient walls, and exploring its historic buildings. Picture yourself studying the politics of the Middle East in one of its most dynamic and controversial cities. Established in 1955, the Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers the oldest and largest Undergraduate Study Abroad Program in Israel. It is open to international students who have completed an academic year in their home school and who have the desire to study in Israel for a semester or a full year.
A large variety of courses are offered in English in Religious, Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Business, Psychology, Law, Brain and Behavioral Sciences. In addition to special study tracks, programs are available in Art, Dance, Music, Film, Journalism, Arabic, Bioengineering as well as informal Jewish Education. Students earn transferable credits, and have the opportunity to partake in internships or an independent study. The program begins with a summer or winter Ulpan (Hebrew language study) and continues with a minimum of 15 academic credits per semester. Students with a proficiency level of Hebrew, can also take courses in Hebrew at The Hebrew University’s faculties.

For more information, contact:

Arlene Gorodenchik
Tel: 972-2-5882610

Wash U. Among Top Universities Picked For Study Abroad Grants for Programs in Israel

Wash U. Among Top Universities Picked For Study Abroad Grants for Programs in Israel

October 4, 2011

Washington University’s Olin Business School is one of eight top American universities chosen to receive a $25,000 grant for study abroad programs in Israel in 2011 and 2012. 
The funding comes, in part, from Jewish Federation of St. Louis through the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and Masa Israel Journey, a New York non- profit supported by the Israeli government and JAFI. JAFI is a Jewish Federation of St. Louis international beneficiary agency.
Masa Israel Journey provides simple access to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs in Israel and helps participants navigate the entire process. 
The Olin Business School is partnering with the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzlilya, which teaches information technology and global markets. “Olin was chosen because we’ve been able to create study programs in Israel that focus on business administration and entrepreneurship,” said Steve Malter,Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Student Development & Strategic Initiatives, undergraduate programs at Olin Business School. 
“Our goal specifically is to examine how the Israeli economy has performed so well. There is so much going on in business. This is a country with few natural resources and almost no geographic trading partners that experiences tremendous economic success on a worldwide scale,” Dr. Malter pointed out. He explained that for the semester IDC program, the students take courses, intern, conduct original research and write a paper. “Three students participated last year working for start-up companies that were acquired for tens of millions of dollars when the students were in Israel. Talk about an experience that can’t be taught anywhere else…"