Vienna – Meet the University of Haifa International School

Vienna – Meet the University of Haifa International School

February 21, 2017 - 19:30  -  February 21, 2017 - 22:00

Rotenturmstraße 15Vienna // Café Bar Bloom  - 

The University of Haifa International School is participating in a number of events organized in Europe by our partner Masa Israel. 

Rachel Ben EliOur representative Rachel Ben-Eli will be visitng five european cities to represent the University of Haifa's International School.  The trip is organized by our partner Masa Israel and will take place in Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna, Rome and Milan.   

Come to meet Rachel at one of the locations.  You will be able to ask her questions about our 16 International Master's programs, find out about the application deadlines and the application process, and more.

To arrange a meeting with Rachel, please email her at rben-eli@staff.haifa.ac.il

We hope to see you there!

Vienna - Meet the University of Haifa International School

Vienna - Meet the University of Haifa International School

February 21, 2017 - 16:00  -  February 21, 2017 - 19:00

IKG Wien, Seitenstettengasse 4Vienna  - 

The University of Haifa International School is participating in a number of events organized in Europe by our partner Masa Israel. 

Rachel Ben EliOur representative Rachel Ben-Eli will be visitng five european cities to represent the University of Haifa's International School.  The trip is organized by our partner Masa Israel and will take place in Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna, Rome and Milan.   

Come to meet Rachel at one of the locations.  You will be able to ask her questions about our 16 International Master's programs, find out about the application deadlines and the application process, and more.

To arrange a meeting with Rachel, please email her at rben-eli@staff.haifa.ac.il

We hope to see you there!

Budapest – Meet the University of Haifa International School

Budapest – Meet the University of Haifa International School

February 20, 2017 - 17:30  -  February 20, 2017 - 20:00

Paulay Ede utca 1Budapest  - 

The University of Haifa International School is participating in a number of events organized in Europe by our partner Masa Israel. 

Rachel Ben EliOur representative Rachel Ben-Eli will be visitng five european cities to represent the University of Haifa's International School.  The trip is organized by our partner Masa Israel and will take place in Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna, Rome and Milan.   

Come to meet Rachel at one of the locations.  You will be able to ask her questions about our 16 International Master's programs, find out about the application deadlines and the application process, and more.

To arrange a meeting with Rachel, please email her at rben-eli@staff.haifa.ac.il

We hope to see you there!

Amsterdam – Meet the University of Haifa International School

Amsterdam – Meet the University of Haifa International School

February 19, 2017 - 17:00  -  February 19, 2017 - 20:00

Landskroon 5Amsterdam  - 

The University of Haifa International School is participating in a number of events organized in Europe by our partner Masa Israel. 

Rachel Ben EliOur representative Rachel Ben-Eli will be visitng five european cities to represent the University of Haifa's International School.  The trip is organized by our partner Masa Israel and will take place in Amsterdam, Budapest, Vienna, Rome and Milan.   

Come to meet Rachel at one of the locations.  You will be able to ask her questions about our 16 International Master's programs, find out about the application deadlines and the application process, and more.  

 

To arrange a meeting with Rachel, please email her at rben-eli@staff.haifa.ac.il

We hope to see you there!

The Forward: The 5 Best Dating Apps To Use While In Israel

The Forward: The 5 Best Dating Apps To Use While In Israel

February 9, 2017

By Amy Albertson

 

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This piece was contributed by Masa Israel Journey — for more information, click here.

 

We’re sure you’ve heard the news—there is an app for everything. Finding love (or at least a date) is no exception. And in the “startup nation,” we obviously believe in the swipe-to-like revolution. Here in Israel we have not one, but five, popular dating apps to lead us to the good Jewish boy/girl of our dreams. With that many options, it seems silly not to take your chances. After all, what would be better than falling in love in the Holy Land?

Of course not all dating applications are created equally and like with just about everything else, there are cultural differences. Lucky for you we’re here to breakdown Israel’s most popular dating apps.

 

Tinder

Tinder

Courtesy Tinder

 

The pioneer of the swipe-to-like revolution, Tinder, like in most places, is probably the most well-known dating app on the market. I suspect Israelis enjoy it for the same reason as everyone else—it is simple. You swipe right to like, left to dislike, and profiles contain only minimal information. Predominantly visual profiles leave less room for a language barrier initially, but be ready to practice your Hebrew skills as soon as the messaging starts. Ma at mehapeset? What are you looking for? Although constantly debated, Tinder in Israel is not the most recommended place to find true love. Swipers here are most likely looking for something much more casual, so keep that in mind.

 

Jswipe

jswipe

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We have our own country, so why shouldn’t Jews have their own dating app? We do! Jswipe is commonly referred to as “the Jewish Tinder” because its similar format. However, Jswipe profiles have some extra categories, such as kosher or not kosher and level of observance—super handy things to know when searching for one’s beshert (soulmate). For those of you not so confident with your Hebrew skills, a high percentage of Jswipe users are either non-Israeli or speak English. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a Hebrew tutor in addition to a match? Either way, Jswipe is Israeli tested and Jewish-mother approved.

 

OkCupid

OkCupid

OkCupid

 

OkCupid is basically the yenta (Jewish matchmaker) of the Israeli dating app world. The app matches couples using an algorithm and matches are determined by your answers to specially designed questions. Although the mobile version includes a swiping feature, OkCupid is has a reputation for being the best app for finding a serious relationship. Profiles include a lot more personal details and space for in-depth information. Luckily Israelis love to talk about themselves and tend to fill out a majority of the profile, giving you lots of information to consider before making contact.

 

Bumble

bumble

Bumble

 

The newest addition to the Israeli dating scene is Bumble, known for its feminist features. Like most of the other apps you swipe one way or another to like or dislike. However on Bumble, females have to message first (when set for heterosexual relationships). Additionally, males have 24 hours to respond to a message before the match expires. If you’re interested in dating native Israelis, Bumble might not be the right app for you. A bit new to Israel, it is mostly full of hulnikim (non-Israelis). Yalla, ladies!

 

Jfixx

Jfixx

Jfixx

 

If an Israeli were a dating app, they would be Jfixx. If you are looking to immerse yourself into a truly Israeli dating app scene, this is it. Jfixx is filled with almost exclusively native Israelis and only works in Israel. Pros: you browse rather than swipe, are more detailed profile options than Tinder (including what kind of relationship you’re searching for and those trusty Jewish-specific questions), and has more dynamic options for liking profiles or just specific photos. Cons: the interface is completely in Hebrew and most of its users only speak only Hebrew. Think you have the chutzpah? We say go for it.

 

Amy is Masa Israel Journey’s Creative Content Manager. Originally from California, this Masa alumna and new Jerusalemite spends her days out in the field gathering and creating content for Masa, walking her dog Mindy, and bargain hunting. She’s addicted to social media, coffee, puppies and all things Israeli.

 

 

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.

 

Originally published in The Forward

Life as an Introvert in an Extroverted Country

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By Alicia Schneider, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow, Rishon Letzion
Read more by Alicia on her personal blog.

Maybe it’s the kibbutznik foundation of the place, or maybe it has something to do with the teamwork ideals instilled during formative years in the IDF, but if Israel were an individual on the introvert-extrovert spectrum, it would undeniably fall under the latter. With that being said, Israel is still a place that attracts everyone, introverts and extroverts alike, so what is it about this land that manages to bring introverted people to an intimidating extroverted country and have them settle in comfortably?

 

A few months ago I moved to Israel, and while I had a few concerns such as the level of my Hebrew and the funds in my bank, I didn’t think to account for the overall personality differences between Canadian and Israeli society, however, that has proven to be the most challenging part of living here. As a self-described introvert who prefers a quiet night in with Netflix and a tall glass of wine, keeping up with the extroverted Israeli lifestyle has been testing.

 

Israel, a country roughly the size of the state of New Jersey, has a population of 8 million people. With over half of the country being desert, that’s a lot of people to cram in to a small space, and trust me, it is definitely noticeable. Like the stereotypical pictures you see of the shuk (market) full of dark-skinned men hollering sale prices and trying to sell you their produce before the neighboring cart gets to you first, Israel lives up to the cacophonic image of a Middle Eastern country. The morning bus ride to work becomes a social activity. Grocery shopping is an opportunity to get scolded by another customer about how she was definitely in front of you in the makeshift line, and a small quiet family dinner is not even a concept that exists here. Often mistaken for rudeness, people’s natural state is loud, assertive, and unapologetic. For this out-of-town introvert stumbling into this type of society, everyday life can seem a little daunting.

 

Yet, with all the balagan happening on every street in every city, Israel, and Tel Aviv in particular, still seem like a safe haven for all those introverted foreigners who come here in search of something different. What is it about this country that appeals to a mass of personalities instead of scaring them away?

 

 

Life as an introvert in Israel can be overwhelming. On more than one occasion, I have felt not only emotionally but also socially exhausted, which is not something I’ve dealt with before. Between constant required activities run through my program, my job as a volunteer English teacher, spending time with my very large and very loud Moroccan family, and trying to maintain a regular amount of personal relationships with friends, I’ve often found myself at the end of the week with no more fuel in my social tank when my roommates ask me where we’re going out that night. If this exact situation were to play out at home in Canada, I would apologize and choose to stay in for the night with a book or a movie almost every time. Yet here in Israel, much to my own surprise, I choose the opposite despite the fact that I’m running on empty, and the question is: why? Why this obvious and sudden change in personality and social habits?

 

I could chalk this up to me constantly coming more and more out of my shell, the Canadian winter affecting my mood or socializing opportunities, or how travelling has made me in to a more spontaneous person, but I don’t think any of those are the right answers for this situation. I’m not turning in to an extrovert, rather, I view myself as an introverted person with occasional extroverted tendencies and I believe that a lot of it has to do with integrating in to Israeli society. 

 

As an introvert in the Western world, it’s easy to stay on the outskirts of the action while still semi-participating. However, in Israel, if you’re not a part of the action the surrounds you it seems as if you’ve missed some crucial part of living here. Back home, when we stand at the edge of a bustling party, back to the wall and uncertain about whether or not to dip a toe in, we’re left alone by our peers. Here in the Holy Land, if you’re at a party and you’re not on the dance floor someone else is likely to pull you in. The difference is that one society is raised with the view that each person is an individual with their own personality type, while the other is brought up with the idea that you’re at your strongest when you’re together. Neither is completely wrong, and neither is completely right.

 

I can’t help but wonder how different my personality might be if I was brought up in Israel instead of in Canada. I’m not for a second ashamed of being an introvert, I’ve grown to recognize my strengths as an introvert and focus on developing those instead of the extroverted traits I lack. It’s appealing to think about who I might be had I been raised in a society that prides communal growth in place of individualized attention. But for now, I’ll have to concentrate on how to move between being an apologetic Canadian and an opinionated Israeli.

 

Wednesday, February 8 in NYC: Start-up Execs to Discuss Benefits of Working in Israel’s Tech Industry at Panel

Wednesday, February 8 in NYC: Start-up Execs to Discuss Benefits of Working in Israel’s Tech Industry at Panel

February 7, 2017

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WeWork, Playbuzz, Masa Israel Journey and more will participate in Masa Israel Journey-hosted luncheon panel at Playbuzz Headquarters in Chelsea

 

NEW YORK – At a panel in Chelsea this week, representatives from WeWork and Playbuzz, as well as other tech entrepreneurs who launched their careers in Israel, will share how their experiences in the “Start-up Nation” helped them find success in the competitive U.S. job market. The event will be held at Playbuzz’s office, 147 W 26th Street, 5th floor (between 6th and 7th Avenues) on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, from 12 – 2 p.m., and will offer industry influencers a first look at Masa Israel Journey’s new international professional development model.

 

The panelists, young professionals who manage content, sales and educational initiatives at various start-ups, each studied in Israeli universities or worked at Israeli firms.

 

Ari Jacobovitz, a Masa Israel Journey study abroad alumnus who returned to New York and secured a job as Senior Sales Lead at WeWork, will speak to how the shared workspace innovator was inspired by the kibbutz, Israel’s communal living system. WeWork is one of Masa Israel Journey’s many corporate partners; together this fall, they launched the Masa-GLI Business & Innovation Leadership Fellowship, an intensive training program for young people ages 18-30 who participate in Masa Israel’s top gap year, study abroad, service-learning and career development initiatives.

 

Adi Hila Yoffe, Masa Israel Journey’s Director of North American Business Development, and Adi Barel, Director of International Business Development, will lead the conversation and provide information on Masa Israel Journey’s different opportunities. Lunch and cocktails will be served.

 

Panelists include:

 

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Masa Israel Journey is the leader in immersive international experiences in Israel. Masa Israel offers young people ages 18-30 the top gap year, study abroad, service-learning and career development opportunities. An initiative of The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Government of Israel, Masa Israel’s subsidized, individually tailored programs allow participants to immerse themselves in the community and embark on unique journeys that enrich their personal and professional growth.

The Times of Israel: Masa Holds Startup Event for Young Professionals

The Times of Israel: Masa Holds Startup Event for Young Professionals

January 17, 2017

By Shoshanna Solomon

 

350 young professionals from Masa’s long-term programs got an inside look at Israel startup ecosystem

Even Fankel at Masa Fast Forward

Even Frankel, Educational Programs Manager of the nonprofit organization Start-Up Nation Central, front and center, gives young professionals an in-depth look at Israel’s tech industry during Masa Israel Journey’s “Masa Fast Forward” conference at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv on Sunday, January 15, 2017 (Courtesy)

 

Close to 350 young professionals from around the world got an inside look at Israel’s start-up ecosystem while learning how to build their networks, resumes, and personal brands at “Masa Fast Forward,” a professional development conference organized for hundreds of Masa Israel Journey participants this week.

 

Fej Shmulevitz, Vice President of Community and Operations at the global navigation app Waze, opened up the gathering, held at Tel Aviv’s Yitzhak Rabin Center.

 

Throughout the evening, recent college graduates who are participating in Masa Israel’s long-term internships, English language teaching fellowships and post-college programs, attended interactive workshops facilitated by industry leaders that were designed to help advance their careers. Topics ranged from “Parallel Roads to Success: Developing your Social and Business Career” with Sagi Shahar, CEO and co-founder of Nachshonim Ventures, which connects young business professionals with volunteer opportunities at nonprofits, to “Body Language: Tools to Engage & Mobilize” by Ben Baginsky, Director of the Masa-GLI Global Leadership Accelerator program, which recently launched a new partnership with WeWork.

 

“From building your personal brand through social media platforms to acquiring a set of networking skills, the sessions I attended gave me new, necessary tools to apply as I move forward in my professional career,” said Dylan Simmons, a Canada native and participant in Masa Israel’s Destination Israel program.

 

Yuval Shafir at Masa Fast Forward

Yuval Shafir, founder and CEO of i Decide – Center for Career Development, shares best practices and resources with 350 young professionals during Masa Israel Journey’s “Masa Fast Forward” conference at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv on Sunday, January 15, 2017 (Courtesy)

 

Israel is looking to leverage Masa activities to draw young professionals to its high tech sector as the industry faces a shortage of skilled workers. Israel on Sunday approved the hiring of 500 foreign high-tech workers in a bid to forestall a severe shortage in qualified programmers and internet experts and proposed increasing the number of students in high-tech academic programs by 40 percent in the next six years.

 

Masa is an initiative of The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government, that aims to bring Jewish communities in North America closer to Israel via education and career development experiences in Israel. Currently, more than 2,000 students and young professionals are interning across Israel through Masa Israel Journey, at start-ups, hospitals, venture capital firms, schools, small businesses, media outlets and more, the organization said.

 

 

Originally published in The Times of Israel

eJewish Philanthropy: Emerging Adults Choosing Long-term Programs in Israel – Questions Inspired by the Evaluation of Masa Israel Journey

eJewish Philanthropy: Emerging Adults Choosing Long-term Programs in Israel – Questions Inspired by the Evaluation of Masa Israel Journey

eJewish Philanthropy: Emerging Adults Choosing Long-term Programs in Israel – Questions Inspired by the Evaluation of Masa Israel Journey

January 2, 2017

By Alex Pomson and Yehudit Werchow

 

When Masa Israel Journey was launched in 2004, almost all of the five-and-a-half-thousand young people who participated in the program’s long-term Israel-based experiences were under the age of twenty-four. They were taking a gap year or experiencing a semester abroad. Just a few hundred were college graduates.

When Masa Israel Journey was launched in 2004, almost all of the five-and-a-half-thousand young people who participated in the program’s long-term Israel-based experiences were under the age of twenty-four. They were taking a gap year or experiencing a semester abroad. Just a few hundred were college graduates.

 

In recent years, the demographics of those coming on programs has changed. Today, about a third of Masa’s twelve thousand participants are older than 21. Most of this population are post-college and pre-family; in today’s world, what has been coined “emerging adults.” While this change alone is interesting, the implications of this change are especially intriguing and provocative for Masa and for community partners interested in effectively engaging this demographic group.

 

A team from Rosov Consulting is working together with Masa Israel Journey to study the outcomes produced by the different programs for which Masa provides a platform. Having completed a retrospective study of Masa alumni who participated in programs between 2005 and 2014, we have also been studying, in real time, a cohort who participated in Masa programs between July 2014 and June 2015, and who are now between six and twelve months out of the program.

 

Within this cohort there are more than 1,500 participants who were post-college and under the age of thirty at the time they came to Israel for between four months and 12 months. Based on an analysis of their self-reported participation in Jewish programing and educational experiences before they enrolled in Masa, 65 percent of this population was previously engaged in a relatively limited way in communal Jewish activities or in Jewish educational offerings such as camps, supplementary schools, day schools and youth groups. The one (almost) common denominator among the group is that 85 percent of them had visited Israel at least once before.

 

What makes this cohort so unique is that their choice of a Masa program does not fit with popular perceptions of post-college millennials and of the programs in which they participate. Jewish programs in North America that attract Jewish millennial participants tend to be self-curated, short-in-duration, easily accessible, and ask for a low threshold of commitment. Often, these programs don’t trumpet their Jewishness.

 

Post-college Masa programs call participants to put a great deal more skin in the game. The programs are at least four-months long. Whatever their programmatic content, they require investing time in different mandatory curriculum components such as learning Hebrew as a second language, participating in a diverse range of Jewish experiences, engaging in social action work, traveling the land, and learning about Israeli society, culture and history. By definition, there is no disguising that these are Jewish programs. Although subsidies are available, sometimes covering full cost, these post-college offerings range in price between $5,000 and $15,000. The access bar is quite high.

 

When surveyed about their reasons for coming on one of these programs, the participants’ interest in personal and/or professional growth loomed large. Gaining work experience and getting to know oneself were strong motivations, as was the desire to have fun and experience adventure. Participants were not primarily drawn to Israel by a search for Jewish experiences. What pulled them to Israel was a curiosity about the country and the opportunity to experience living there; what Masa’s messaging calls ”living like a local.” They saw Israel as a site for their own personal and professional development.

 

Evidently, most participants found what they’re looking for. Six months after they returned home, their knowledge of day-to-day life in Israel and Israeli culture had increased three-fold, they were twice as knowledgeable about ways to be involved with Israel, and their sense of connection to Israel and Israelis had increased significantly.

 

Given their relatively unengaged backgrounds and the relatively high bar for entering the program, it is worth learning more about what attracts these people to Israel and what exactly accounts for the ways in which they change and grow during their time in the country; especially as regards their connection to Israel and its relationships to their personal and professional growth. What we learn might have profound implications for Masa and for others seeking to deeply engage this population. If the access bar was lower, might that make programs more appealing? Or is the high bar of entry part of the appeal? Is the special attraction to live like a local in Israel, or is it to live abroad somewhere familiar enough from a previous experience that just happens to be the one Jewish state in the world?

 

For the moment, speculatively, we point to a paradox: the participants’ previous experience in Israel has set in motion a desire to come back and gain a deeper appreciation of what living in the country involves. At the same time, a perceived deficiency in that previous experience – being too tightly controlled and too heavily mediated – nourishes, they have told us, a desire to discover Israel for themselves. They have been both inspired enough and frustrated enough to want to return.

 

Millennials may be the most studied population cohort in human history but there is still much more to learn about their drives and desires, particularly when it comes to their relationship with Israel and their engagement with the country and the Jewish people.

 

Alex Pomson is Managing Director at Rosov Consulting

Rabbi Yehudit Werchow is Director of Education, Masa.

 

 

Originally published in eJewish Philanthropy

 

English for the Workplace

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Program Description

This course is for young adults who are interested in developing English language skills for use in the context of a workplace. The course duration will be 4 months (250 class hours and 250 self-study hours). The course takes workplace English as its starting point, and offers functional language phrases and virtual workplace scenarios. The materials will be arranged according to three main areas: self-presentation, self-managment planning and organizing, teamwork and communication. Students will learn the language needed for searching and applying for employment, preparing for interviews, taking interviews, starting on a new post and working with new colleagues. The course is designed and taught by the academic staff of the English Language and Literature and EFL departments of Oranim College.

Highlights

The course takes workplace English as its starting point, and offers functional language phrases and virtual workplace scenarios. The materials will be arranged according to three main areas: self-presentation, self-managment planning and organizing, teamwork and communication. Students will learn the language needed for searching and applying for employment, preparing for interviews, taking interviews, starting on a new post and working with new colleagues.