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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
Amsterdam
Landskroon 5
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!

How to Reach Ivy League Levels of Tech Innovation">How to Reach Ivy League Levels of Tech Innovation

Posted February 2nd, 2017

By Oren Toledano, co-founder and CEO of Israel Tech Challenge

 

We’re called the “startup nation.”

 

Despite being smaller than the state of New Jersey, Israel has more Nasdaq-listed companies than any other country in the world except the U.S. and China. Our businesses are quick to grow and to create. They are built on a mentality eager to take risks.

 

But, what is the secret sauce behind Israel’s success? What magic touch do we have that universities around the world are now acknowledging is highly effective and desirable?

 

This is a question others have asked before – most notably Dan Senor and Saul Singer in their best-selling book. One answer they give: it starts in the military. More specifically, in the unique training program for the young recruits of 8200, Israel’s elite military unit where thousands of bright, technically minded soldiers study deeply and master cutting-edge technology. Having served in that unit, reaching the rank of Major, I’d like to go into this a bit more.

 

Over the last three years alone, several start-ups founded by 8200 graduates were purchased by tech giants, including Adallom (purchased by Microsoft), Onavo (purchased by Facebook), and CyActive (purchased by PayPal).

 

In 8200, the idea of “being thrown into the deep end” is taken to a completely new level. The soldiers are expected to learn new skills super-fast and solve complex military problems with limited personnel, in a short time and with surprisingly little guidance. It is a quick, hands-on, intense learning process that leads straight to success.

 

During their training, the average day begins at 6 a.m., soldiers get exactly five minutes in the morning to wake up and dress themselves – and they get another 10 minutes, on the clock, for breakfast. The rest of their day is just as intense, as well as intellectually challenging and rigorously scheduled – an exhaustingly high-level program of study that generally continues at full force until 11 each night.

 

If you can keep up with the demands of this program for its full five months, you come out on the other end as a tech master at the age of 18, and with more technical know-how than an average American college graduate with a degree in Computer Science.

 

And it works particularly well. The unit’s alumni come away with the skills and mentality that are a natural fit for the start-up ecosystem.

 

The thinking and training of 8200 can be applied anywhere around the globe.

 

At Israel Tech Challenge, for example, we teach an international group of students about cybersecurity and data science. Working in closed cohort groups, with intensive training and close mentorship, and given the keys to a strong professional network, the students flourish. The method we use creates open-minded, autodidactic, independent thinkers who can even come up with solutions before the definition or emergence of the actual problem.

 

It is an approach that can help all of us, as an international community, react quickly, adapt to the needs of the market, and create in-demand applications.

 

Today, American universities have started to recognize the need for educational models spearheaded by 8200-like tech boot camps and crash courses in coding. However, this is just a single application of the kind of new thinking brought to the forefront by the 8200. Israel’s experience can and should be leveraged to jumpstart not only the adoption of a new pedagogical system, but also as a groundbreaking model of international problem solving.

 

By adopting 8200’s intense, focused, and uncompromising training methods, American companies and organizations can create a workforce that is better prepared, more disciplined, and capable of overcoming technological gaps quickly, adapting in an agile fashion to changing realities, and learning, without judgment, but with great depth, from past mistakes. And they could do this faster, with fewer resources, attracting only the most talented and challenge-ready employees.

 

Applied effectively, the potential is here for a powerful tool that can shift the way we approach some of the larger issues facing the international community, throwing the most motivated, mentally resilient, and brightest human resources at the problem, while making better use of other resources, like money and time. In other words, we could attack real world problems by engaging technology, and its best practitioners, to help solve national priority issues.

 

Not only could this model prove lucrative and economical, it could be a game changer in terms of results – tech products for a safer planet chief among them.

 

Oren Toledano is co-founder and CEO of Israel Tech Challenge, a partnership between the Jewish Agency, The Government of Israel’s Cyber Bureau, and Masa Israel Journey. Prior to his current position, Oren spent three years as Head of the Aliyah delegation of the Jewish Agency in France-Belgium, and before that served for nearly a decade as an officer in an elite technological unit of the IDF, reaching the rank of Major. Oren holds an MA in Political Science and Security Studies from Tel Aviv University, and a BA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Masa L'Maaseh - Women">Masa L'Maaseh - Women

April 2, 2017 - 14:00
April 6, 2017 - 17:00
Israel

Masa L’ma’aseh is a four day journey (one for men and one for women) to explore Israel's ever-changing landscape. During the journey the participants visit places and meet people that are driving a positive change in Israeli society, while enjoying an exciting group experience with participants from many different Jewish Studies programs. 

The trip costs only $100 and it covers everything: housing, food, programming and experienced staff.

Registration is open now! Spaces are limited.

   

Audience: 
18-30

Masa L'Maaseh - Men">Masa L'Maaseh - Men

April 2, 2017 - 13:00
April 5, 2017 - 16:00
Israel

Masa L’ma’aseh is a four day journey (one for men and one for women) to explore Israel's ever-changing landscape. During the journey the participants visit places and meet people that are driving a positive change in Israeli society, while enjoying an exciting group experience with participants from many different Jewish Studies programs. 

The trip costs only $100 and it covers everything: housing, food, programming and experienced staff.

Registration is open now! Spaces are limited.

  

Audience: 
18-30

Samsung Tel Aviv Marathon with #TeamMasa">Samsung Tel Aviv Marathon with #TeamMasa

February 24, 2017 - 06:00
February 24, 2017 - 14:00
Tel Aviv, Israel

Join your fellow Masa Israel participants, organizers, and alumni to run the land as part of our 2nd annual #TeamMasa! 

Run with #TeamMasa to get exclusive discounted registration! 
Use discount code: 988773

This year #TeamMasa is running for a cause. Approximately 600 potential participants are expected to be wait-listed this year. All #TeamMasa members will help in our crowdfunding efforts to give others the Journey.

After you register you will receive a confirmation email from Kapaim. You must forward this email to bryanv@masaisrael.org in order to complete your registration with #TeamMasa! 

If you have any questions please feel free to email bryanv@masaisrael.org, your #TeamMasa coordinator! 

Ready, Set, Go!

   

Audience: 
18-30

Free Starbucks with Masa Israel - Boca Raton">Free Starbucks with Masa Israel - Boca Raton

February 22, 2017 - 18:00
February 22, 2017 - 20:00
Boca Raton, Florida
FAU Breezeway Starbucks

Free Starbucks for Florida Atlantic University Students!

On Thursday, Feb. 23 from 12-2 get a jump start on your weekend and your future by meeting with Meira the Masa Florida rep. She'll buy Starbucks and tell you all about the amazing opportunities in Israel with Masa. 

If you're interested in doing something different during college or after you won't want to miss out on the heavily stipend Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, Israel Tech Challenge, scholarships for study abroad & internships plus graduate school in Israel. 

Email: Meira at MeiraK@MasaIsrael.org if interested or just stop by!

Who: Florida Atlantic University students who are interested in Heavily Subsidized Israel Experiences
What: Free Starbucks
When: Thursday, February 13 
Where: FAU Breezeway Starbucks
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 

Masa Israel is home to the widest variety of immersive, international experiences for Jewish young adults (18-30). Find the right study abroad, internship, service learning, or Jewish studies program to help you grow—as a person, a professional, and a leader— while also developing a robust global professional network that includes Israelis and Jews from around the world.

Audience: 
18-30

Masa Israel Happy Hour - San Diego">Masa Israel Happy Hour - San Diego

February 22, 2017 - 18:00
February 22, 2017 - 20:00
San Diego, California
The Local Pacific Beach

First drink and vegetarian appetizers are on us for everyone who registers at www.masaisrael.org/2017HappyHour

Come drink with your friends and hear about awesome opportunities to get back to Israel or to share your Israel experiences.

LOCATION: 

The Local Pacific Beach
809 Thomas Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

TIME: 6-8PM

Partner organizations: Jewish Federation San Diego NEXTGen and Congregation Beth El's Chai 20/30's

    

Audience: 
21-30

Masa Israel Happy Hour and Birthright Reunion - Vancouver">Masa Israel Happy Hour and Birthright Reunion - Vancouver

February 22, 2017 - 18:00
February 22, 2017 - 20:00
Vancouver, Canada
YBC Yaletown Brewing Company

First drink is on us for everyone who registers at www.masaisrael.org/2017HappyHour

Come drink with your friends and hear about awesome opportunities to get back to Israel or to share your Israel experiences.

LOCATION: 

Yaletown Brewery Company
1111 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9

TIME: 6-8PM

Partner organizations: Birthright-Israel: CIE, Hillel BC, Axis

    

Audience: 
21-30

Masa Israel Happy Hour and Birthright Reunion - University of Massachusetts">Masa Israel Happy Hour and Birthright Reunion - University of Massachusetts

February 22, 2017 - 18:00
February 22, 2017 - 20:00
Amherst, MA
High Horse

Join Masa Israel and Hillel for an evening to remember!

First drink and vegetarian appetizers are on us for everyone who registers at www.masaisrael.org/2017HappyHour

Come drink with your friends and hear about awesome opportunities to get back to Israel or to share your Israel experiences.

18+ to attend, 21+ with ID for alcoholic beverages

LOCATION: 

High Horse
24 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

TIME: 6-8PM

Partner organizations: UMass Hillel and Onward Israel

    

Audience: 
21-30

Masa Israel Happy Hour and Birthright Reunion - Boulder, CO">Masa Israel Happy Hour and Birthright Reunion - Boulder, CO

February 22, 2017 - 18:00
February 22, 2017 - 20:00
Boulder, CO
The Rio Grande

Join Masa Israel, Hillel and Moishe House for an evening to remember!

First drink and vegetarian appetizers is on us for everyone who registers atwww.masaisrael.org/2017HappyHour

Come drink with your friends and hear about awesome opportunities to get back to Israel or to share your Israel experiences.

LOCATION: 

The Rio Grande
Derek Stoldt 1101 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 8030

TIME: 6-8PM

   

Audience: 
21-30