The Genesis Philanthropy Group and Masa Israel Journey Introduce

The Genesis Philanthropy Group and Masa Israel Journey Introduce

October 22, 2013 (All day)

  Israel  - 

The Genesis Philanthropy Group and Masa Israel Journey Introduce

A New, Comprehensive Initiative to Strengthen the Jewish Identity of Young Jews from the Former Soviet Union

 The Genesis Philanthropy Group and Masa Israel Journey, a joint initiative of the government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel, are set to launch a brand-new initiative to strengthen the Jewish identity of young Jews from the former Soviet Union and to deepen their connections to Israel.  The initiative is based on a model that includes a weeklong tour dedicated to familiarizing participants with Israel and its society, in the course of which participants will explore their Jewish identity in an educational and experiential manner and will also discover their personal connections to the Jewish people, to the Land of Israel, and to Jewish heritage.  The program's pilot will take place on October 22 and will involve 220 young people from throughout the former Soviet Union.

The Genesis Philanthropy Group concentrates its efforts on deepening the Jewish identity of Russian-speaking Jews around the world and in Israel by developing and supporting a vast range of educational initiatives, with a particular focus on the history and heritage of the Jewish communities of Russia and the former Soviet Union.  Masa Israel Journey, a joint venture between the government of Israel and The Jewish Agency, brings more than 10,000 Jewish young people to Israel each year, presenting them with more than 200 long-term program opportunities.  Some 1,500 young Jews from the former Soviet Union participate in Masa each year.  The Jewish Agency has placed a particular emphasis on Russian-speaking Jews, estimated at three million individuals worldwide, and is developing a vast range of programs aimed at addressing the unique characteristics and needs of the community.

 

The two organizations—Genesis and Masa—decided for the first time to collaborate on a comprehensive joint venture aimed at intensifying the educational component of programs targeting young people from the former Soviet Union.  The initiative, based on a weeklong educational touring experience in Israel, will soon be implemented among young Jews from the former Soviet Union participating in Masa programs this year.  The educational model of the initiative is based on the success of the Mibereshit Israeli Experience, which aims to strengthen the Jewish and Zionist identity of Israeli students, and will be operated by the Mibereshit organization.

 Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency, said: "There are some three million Russian-speaking Jews around the world, including hundreds of thousands in the former Soviet Union.  The community is characterized by high assimilation rates on the one hand and solidarity with Israel on the other.  This cooperative enterprise between the Genesis Philanthropy Group and Masa Israel Journey will provide Jewish young people from the former Soviet Union with a sense of family and common destiny with the Jewish people, and will enable them to internalize the centrality of the State of Israel to the Jewish nation and to them as individuals in the most intensive way possible."

 Sana Britavsky, Executive Director of Genesis Philanthropy Group in Israel, said: "Genesis brings to this partnership with The Jewish Agency and the Israeli government our proven experience in developing high standards of educational content for projects aimed at the young Russian-speaking Jews. The goal is to enable each of them to connect to Israel and its heritage through an unmediated encounter with its people, its landscapes, and its stories.  Along with our partners, Masa Israel Journey and Mibereshit Israeli Experience, we are hoping to create an integral educational space for all Masa participants from the FSU”.

 The first group of 220 young people from the former Soviet Union will participate in the first wave of the program over the coming week, starting on October 22.  The experience will begin with a hike through Israel's Negev Desert and will reach its peak in Jerusalem.  It will include volunteering in the southern town of Yeruham and meetings with representatives of Israeli society, including immigrants from the former Soviet Union who have successfully integrated into a range of fields.  The experience will also include sessions with Israel Defense Forces officers from the former Soviet Union at Mount Herzl, a Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service at the Western Wall, and other meaningful opportunities.

 

 

Israel Engagement Seminar for Study Abroad Participants

Israel Engagement Seminar for Study Abroad Participants

April 4, 2014 (All day)  -  April 5, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

This seminar is organized together with Hillel International for campus leaders and other students involved in their universities. 

A select group of 50 participants of study abroad programs will take part. Throughout the seminar, participants will meet with educators from Hillels on leading campuses across the United States.

 

April 4 – 5, 2014

Israel on My Mind: Aliyah Evening Seminar

Israel on My Mind: Aliyah Evening Seminar

December 29, 2013 (All day)

  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.

 

December 29, 2013

Pre-Aliyah

Israeli Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton (Post-College)

Israeli Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton (Post-College)

November 22, 2013 (All day)  -  November 23, 2013 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Masa Israel’s Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton explores issues of regional security and the complexity of the situation in the Middle East. 

Gain new perspectives on Israel’s most pressing security issues and learn from leading specialists in various fields through workshops and interactive discussions.

 

First semester: November 22-23, 2013

 

(Open to post-college participants)

Masa Israel’s Delegation to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations

Masa Israel’s Delegation to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations

November 8, 2013 (All day)  -  November 12, 2013 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Want to be part of the conversation regarding the Jewish people’s future? 
Join Jews from North America and Israel from across the political spectrum to discuss issues facing Israel and the global Jewish community at this momentous event. Come and be part of Masa's 50 delegates to the G.A., which occurs only once in five years in Israel.

MyMasa Event

MyMasa Event

October 26, 2015 (All day)

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

Come kick off the 2015-2016 year of Masa Israel programs at the MyMasa Event!

Network with peers from around the world, hear speeches from Government of Israel and Jewish Agency for Israel officials, and enjoy a concert featuring the country's top performers!

 

Transportation and other logistical details will be provided by your program's staff and more information will be distributed closer to the event date.

Masa Yisraeli MiBereshit

Masa Yisraeli MiBereshit

October 22, 2013 (All day)  -  October 27, 2013 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Masa Yisraeli MiBereshit 

The Masa Yisraeli educational program is comprised of a multifaceted preparation session prior to the trip, a life-changing personal and social peoplehood-centric experience during the journey itself, and meetings following the trip. Interspersed throughout the journey are special ceremonies prepared by the participants and group workshops where the various experiences are processed. Each day of the journey begins at the crack of dawn with communal group learning related to the day’s theme.

October 22 – 27

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff

October 28, 2013 (All day)

  Israel  - 

Are you a staff member of one of Masa Israel’s programs? Join us for an enrichment day designed just for you! 
Meet other program staff, share ideas and experiences, and take part in team-building exercises. Learn conflict resolution techniques, marketing skills, and much more.
 
October 28, November 24, December 25

Masa Works Provides Career Counseling to Job Hunters Interning in Israel

Masa Works Provides Career Counseling to Job Hunters Interning in Israel

Masa Works Provides Career Counseling to Job Hunters Interning in Israel

October 7, 2013

Masa Israel Journey announced a partnership with Jewish Family Services of Columbus to launch Masa Works, an initiative aimed at providing post-college Masa participants with the skills to land a job back home. 

 Each year, hundreds of college students and graduates distinguish themselves from their peers in a crowded job market by gaining serious work experience in Israel through Masa, immersing themselves in all sectors of the Israeli economy including education, law, medicine, business, arts, non-profit, and governmental agencies.

 

 However, many interns still lack practical guidance in translating their experience abroad into a compelling resume.

 

 This fall, 45 young adults interning in Israel will receive high-quality, one on one career counseling and hundreds more will participate in career skill-building workshops and webinars.

 

 "Interning in Israel is a unique, impactful experience, but it's hard to explain how it shaped me not only as a person but as a productive member of society, and a skilled worker," said Grace Parker, a Masa Career Israel participant recently accepted into Masa Works. "This program is a good opportunity to really distill my experiences for future interviews."

 

 This common sentiment prompted Masa Israel, a joint project of the Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel, to team up with Jewish Family Services of Columbus, a workforce development organization with 25 career strategists. "Masa Israel Journey changes people's lives through unique cultural and internship opportunities, and Jewish Family Services changes people's lives through helping them understand how these experiences will assist them in finding meaningful employment opportunities," states Jennifer Marshall, Chief Operating Officer of JFS.

 

 Masa will use the program to grow its network of employers in key US cities who recognize the value of hiring Masa alumni, building on a process started in 2011, when Masa brought 13 representatives from Fortune 500 companies to Israel to help Masa expand their internship offerings.

 

 "A lot of young adults are worried that coming to Israel for a five-month internship would be considered 'time off,'" says Avi Rubel, Executive Director of Masa Israel Journey, North America. "Yet we know from our numerous alumni who go on to get great jobs that it helped differentiate them from their peers and it's in actually 'time on' in every sense."

 

 Participants were selected to join the program based on an application process. Each participant will undergo an initial needs assessment to review their background and understand their unique skillset, resulting in an Individualized Employment Plan to ensure their professional goals are both identified and addressed.

 

 Additional components of the program are one-on-one coaching, personal brand development, resume creation and enhancement, interview preparation, training in effective usage of social media, job placement assistance, and local occupation information based on each participant's city and field, all to help each participant achieve their objectives.

 

 "I'm hoping to build my social media presence," added Parker, who interns at the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response. "There are avenues like LinkedIn where you can reach out to people and make connections beyond just submitting resumes, but I haven't developed that ability yet."

 

 Masa has partnered with JFS of Columbus in the pilot year of Masa Works because JFS offers a successful similar job assistance program, Growing Jewish Columbus. The program, which runs in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Columbus and OSU Hillel, works to retain Jewish young adults in the region by providing employment services, building a stronger, sustainable Jewish community.

 

 "There are many more cities in the US struggling to attract and retain top talent, including Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, and even Chicago and Miami," Rubel says. "We want Masa Works to be an outlet to help those Jewish communities draw in exceptional young adults."

 

 Masa hopes to involve many other Jewish communities and Federations as the program develops. According to Masa's annual alumni exit survey conducted in August of 417 recent returnees who participated in post-college and study-abroad programs, 84% of respondents said they are interested in working for a Jewish organization. Masa Works could serve as an effective channel to connect alumni to opportunities in the Jewish world while giving them the tools to ensure they get noticed by employers.

 

 "Interning for the Peres Center for Peace prepared me for all aspects of the workspace I would go on to encounter in my job," says Daniel Cohen, a Career Israel alumnus who went on to work for the Jewish Theological Seminary before entering grad school. "While people in my program did get jobs, very few got them right after getting home. Having a program like Masa Works to provide professional resources could close the gap between Israel and working."

 

 

 For more information, visit http://works.masaisrael.org/

 

 

"Grace" - a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow's first day in the classroom

<div class="masa-blog-title">"Grace" - a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow's first day in the classroom</div>

 
I officially started teaching today. As my teaching partner, Brian was out of the country in order to attend a wedding in the States, I was by myself. I was worried that my students would have forgotten about me—seeing as I only visited them twice last month—but I had no reason to be worried as my students remembered me.