Masa Israel Leadership Summit December 2014.

Masa Israel Leadership Summit December 2014.

December 17, 2014

Masa Israel Leadership Summit is an intensive, five day learning and skill-building seminar for exceptional participants of Masa Israel programs from around the world. 


Masa Israel Leadership Summit is an intensive, five day learning and skill-building seminar for exceptional participants of Masa Israel programs from around the world. The Seminar is designed to provide Masa participants the skills that will help them become  strong and active Jewish leaders through learning, leadership training, community service and getting involved in their local communities.

By offering them dynamic and interactive programming and a support network of peers from around the world; the Leadership Summit helps prepare Masa participants for active involvement in Jewish life on their return home. 


International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 15, 2015 (All day)  -  April 16, 2015 (All day)

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day.   

Holocaust Remembrance Day's central ceremony will be held in the evening at the Yad Vashem Museum, one of the world's largest memorials dedicated to the Holocaust. The following morning a siren will be sounded for two minutes throughout the entire country. With the joint cooperation of the Yad Vashem School for Holocaust Studies, we are hosting special educational activities that evening and throughout the following day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Hear participants talk about their daily life, take a virtual tour of your favorite program, and watch your semester of year in Israel unfold in front of you

Tel-Aviv University Voyage to Medicine

Introducing the Masa Israel Alumni Fellows

Introducing the Masa Israel Alumni Fellows

October 21, 2014

The Masa Alumni Fellowship is comprised of two alumni board members from four chosen communities (NYC, DC, Miami and California) to take their involvement in the Jewish community to the next level.

This exclusive opportunity will provide training on how to promote Masa Israel and put the fellows to work at two high profile events during the year—the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly and AIPAC Policy Conference. After taking what they learn from these trainings and experiences back home, the fellows will work with their local Masa Israel Regional staff members to represent Masa Israel at recruitment events in their communities. Additionally, over the course of the year it is each fellow’s responsibility to come up with their own impact project—a local initiative to increase local Masa Israel numbers and/or alumni involvement.

Meet the fellows below:

Josh Neuman is excited to be a Masa Israel Alumni Fellow in San Francisco. After studying Political Science at Penn State University, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in Israel—spending almost a year teaching English as a Masa Israel teaching Fellow in Be’er Sheva. After five years away, the Bay Area native returned to his roots, driven to provide meaningful and accessible Jewish experiences for young professionals and teens. In his free time, Josh enjoys cycling, reading, and teaching Hebrew school.


Linor Elya is originally from Israel. She moved to the states at a very young age and was always involved in Jewish programs and youth groups. She was the president of NCSY throughout high school as well as the president of Jewish life. She earned her BA in Marketing and an MA in Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University. In 2009-2010 she studied at Haifa University for a year through Masa Israel. She volunteered teaching English to Ethiopian Jewish immigrants and spent much of her time working with Arab and Israeli children together to take a step closer to a peaceful country. While studying through Masa, she was part the Haifa University Women basketball League which came in second place throughout Israel (AS”A). Linor now lives in Miami where she is volunteering in the Jewish federation and community as a whole. She co-chaired the “Bubby on Wheels” Fundraiser and is an active member of K-Space Miami and Masa Alumni.


Tami Wolf is originally from the Jersey shore and has lived in DC since returning from Israel. Tami was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Netanya in 2011-2012 and is currently the co-chair of DC’s Masa Israel Alumni Board. Inspired by her year in Israel, Tami accepted the position of Director of EntryPointDC, the DC Jewish Community Center’s programming for young professionals, and also serves as the Coordinator for Jewish Life. She completed her undergraduate and masters degrees at American University in DC in American history and public history.


Terissa Schor is co-chair of the Masa Israel New York Alumni Board. She is a 2010 alumna of Livnot Lehibanot, where she volunteered in archaeological digs, park clean ups, soup kitchens, local schools and senior centers. Terissa graduated from American University in Washington, DC and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at Baruch College. When not planning the latest Masa alumni events, she enjoys researching family history and staffing Birthright Israel trips.


Born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, Debbie Stone began her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and earned her degree at Fiarfield University, graduating cum laude with a BA in History and a minor in Religious Studies. Post college, she worked in finance at a hedge fund in Greenwich, Connecticut. Debbie then changed her career path to follow her passion for education. She earned a graduate degree in Secondary History Education with a Master of Arts in Teaching. To continue on the path of education, in 2013-2014, Debbie moved to Israel where she volunteered and taught English to underprivileged students in Netanay as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow. While in Israel, Debbie was selected to take part in the Masa-Hillel Fellowship, which led her to join the team at the Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at University of Virginia as assistant director. In her spare time, you can find Debbie staying active by traveling, cycling, running, and skiing.


After 10 phenomenal months as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya, teaching English to under-privileged children, Seth Reder has begun a new journey as the Director of Jewish Student Life at the University of Central Florida Hillel. Participating in a Masa Israel program not only had a meaningful impact on Seth's everyday life, but also helped prepare him for a new career and path as a Hillel professional. Prior to embarking on his Israel journey, Seth worked as an Area Director for the Department of Housing and Residential Life at the University of Miami for three years, where he oversaw the daily operations of a first-year residential college consisting of over 900 students. Seth earned his Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California, and loves learning, teaching, and supporting student development, Jewish learning, and leadership. When Seth is not working as an educator, you can find him writing music, performing, playing ice hockey, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends.


Isabel Barr is from Bethesda, Maryland and has spent her entire life in the Washington, DC area, except for attending Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and an amazing year in Israel as a participant on Otzma. After spending four summers as a counselor at a Jewish summer camp, living all over Israel and volunteering as an English teacher as well as a counselor for special needs children was incredibly meaningful for her. While in Israel, Isabel took every opportunity that Masa Israel offered and back in the United States, it has been no different. She attended last year’s AIPAC Policy Conference with Masa Israel and currently serves as Co-Chair of the DC Masa Israel Alumni Board. Isabel is a teacher in the DC Jewish Community Center Preschool, when she’s not at school, planning for Masa Israel or at a Masa Israel event she will most likely be scouring the internet for new recipes, cheering on her beloved Kentucky Wildcats and hanging out with the family dog, Daisy.

Ofer Gutman

Ofer Gutman

Director of Marketing & Sales.

Studying Abroad in Jerusalem: Yom Kippur, Hasidism and a Bedouin Wedding

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Lauren Swersky always had a feeling that she would end up in Israel when it came time for the University of California, Davis junior to study abroad, though she explored all the options available. “I was very involved in Jewish life growing up, and I was always looking for opportunities to go back to Israel,” she explained.



Alli Green

Alli Green

Marketing and Communications Manager

Tel Aviv University International - Independent Research / Study Track (IRST)

Program Description

The Research/Study Track (IRST henceforth) is open to young academics above the age of 18 from all over the world. The program constitutes a flexible framework that enables each participant to follow his own passion in the academic arena of Tel Aviv University (TAU) while at the same time experiencing Israel and Tel Aviv City to the fullest.
The participants must coordinate independently their project/ research in Tel Aviv University in advance of their enrollment to the program. Participants such as: accepted visiting researchers, exchange students, and interns, will have the opportunity to participate in IRST as a supplemental framework for the duration of 4 to 12 months. In cases of longer study periods, it is possible to participate in IRST for part of the stay in Israel.


IRST is designed for those who are looking to combine a Masa long-term academic program, and have a more independent experience in the University and Israel. Participants will be fully emerged in the co-curricular plan organized by the social staff of TAU International. This will include social gatherings, special events, trips, volunteering opportunities and more.


Tel Aviv University International - Semester in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Business in Israel

Program Description

This program provides real-world experience, entrepreneurial know-hows, and professional guidance. Program integrates Israeli and international business students as they take classes taught in English by Israel’s leading business academics and professionals. As well as the core courses students also take Hebrew Language classes to ensure social comfort and immersion.


The program is operated in partnership with TAU’s Recanati Business School. The world-renowned school prepares students with the methodologies and skill set they need to succeed in today’s business world.
The Program is supported by the StarTau Entrepreneurship Center, TAU’s non-profit organization that educates and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs and connects them to Israeli businesses. By choosing to come study in the middle of the middle east, in a country that is known as the Start-Up Nation, and by living in Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial and technological capital, you will be immersed in a world of innovated executives and trailblazing companies.

Update from Masa Israel

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Over the last few days, Israeli population centers have been targeted by rocket fire from Gaza, and the Israel Defense Forces have launched Operation Protective Edge, with the aim of restoring stability to Israeli civilians. The safety and security of Masa Israel Journey program participants, staff and partners is our top priority.