7 Seriously Fun Festivals For Passover

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It’s not spring break—it’s better!
 

Hebrew University in Your Community - University of Pittsburgh

Hebrew University in Your Community - University of Pittsburgh

March 25, 2011 (All day)  -  March 25, 2011 (All day)

University of PittsburghPittsburgh, PA  -  United States

Hebrew University on your campus! Representatives from the Rothberg International School will be at the University of Pittsburgh. 

We look forward to meeting you. Drop us a note if you're planning to meet with us, and we'll be on the lookout for you! In addition, we have graduate and academic gap/freshman call-in information sessions 

How do I get a grant from Masa Israel?

How do I get a grant from Masa Israel?

First, apply to your chosen program. Then, fill out the Masa Israel grant application. You will receive an email with a PDF version of your grant application. Print and sign the form and send that application to the program you are attending (do not send the application directly to Masa Israel). 

How much financial assistance does Masa Israel provide?

How much financial assistance does Masa Israel provide?

All Masa Israel participants are eligible to apply for universal grants and needs-based scholarships. The amount available depends on your country of origin, your age and the program you attend. Visit our Grants and Scholarships page for eligibility criteria and for information about what you’ll need to apply.

What support does Masa Israel provide before I leave for Israel, while I’m there, and after I come back?

What support does Masa Israel provide before I leave for Israel, while I’m there, and after I come back?

Masa Israel provides simple access to immersive experiences that are as varied as Israel itself, and helps you navigate the entire process at every step along the way. Masa Israel offers a wide range of programs to fit every need and interest and can help match you to the most appropriate option.

Living Routes/Kibbutz Lotan Peace Justice and the Environment Semester

Living Routes/Kibbutz Lotan Peace Justice and the Environment Semester

Explore the connections between new forms of ecological identity and stewardship, social justice, and community in Israel. Work alongside Palestinian-Arab, Bedouin and Jewish Israelis who are striving for a just and lasting peace. Gain practical experience in ecological design, green building and sustainable agriculture. Put permaculture into action in authentic cross-cultural situations. 

Learn more about Living Routes/Kibbutz Lotan Peace Justice and the Environment Semester in Israel.

Masa Israel In The News

Masa Israel In The News

Masa Israel Journey is leading the way in connecting “the next generation” of Jewish young adults to Israel through internship, volunteer and leadership development experiences. In 2010-2011 alone, Masa Israel brought over 10,000 Jews to Israel for a minimum of five months, and we have more than 55,000 alumni around the world.

Abroad in the Desert: Peace and the Environment in Israel

<div class="masa-blog-title">Abroad in the Desert: Peace and the Environment in Israel</div>

By Lee Frankel-Goldwater, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
 
Studying abroad can change your life – I know this, I’ve been trying to spend as much time living in different places around the globe ever since I got my first taste out of the US as a teenager.  Each new culture, each mountain is an augmentation of my soul.  But, I’ll also say this, in the desert of Israel at the Arava Institute fo
 

Partnership 2000 Hosts 72 Masa Israel Participants for a Day of Jewish Peoplehood Activities

Partnership 2000 Hosts 72 Masa Israel Participants for a Day of Jewish Peoplehood Activities

Partnership 2000 Hosts 72 Masa Israel Participants for a Day of Jewish Peoplehood Activities

April 5, 2011

By P2K volunteer Rebecca Kofman, Beit Shemesh
 
Masa Israel participants in its annual Building Future Leadership Conference in Jerusalem enjoyed a full day of activities arranged by Partnership 2000 (Beit Shemesh-Mateh Yehuda-Washington-South Africa) in Bet Shemesh on March 8.
 
Highlight of the day was the interaction between the Masa Israel young adults and the first, second and third graders at Jabotinsky Elementary School. Together they created Shabat placements to share with their overseas friends in the Jewish Primary Day School in Washington, DC. The schools have been in the P2K school Twinning project for over three years.
 
As the Jabotinsky principal Bracha said, “It was hard at first for the Jabotinsky youngsters to realize that there were actually Jews who live outside Israel. Now through video conferencing they have accepted that, and this year we are focusing on the similarities and differences between how Israeli and American Jewish children celebrate the holidays.” Having actual committed Jewish young adults who live outside Israel come and do a project with the Jabotinsky students really helped them to understand not only that Jews do live outside Israel but that they also love Israel.
 
After completing the Jabotinsky project, Masa participants were joined by 17 Israeli young adults from Branco-Weiss High School, the P2K student program and a local Garin for an interviewing project to meet local residents and complete a worksheet about their family origins, life in Bet Shemesh, etc. In groups of 3 or 4, the young people spread out through Migdal Hamayim on market day to speak with vendors, cab drivers, pedestrians and others to get a taste of the variety of backgrounds and interests of local city inhabitants.
 
Next the Masa participants and local Israeli youth gathered at Matnas Psagot HaSheva where they broke into four groups to discuss various aspects of Jewish Peoplehood, based on their interview findings. They tackled some tough issues about Jewish identity, religious practices and enabling future generations to be informed and enthusiastic about being Jewish.
 
As one participant reported at the end of the day, “Through this experience I may not become a Jewish leader on my college campus next year, but I will be able to counter positively and powerfully any negative remarks made about Israel and Israelis.”
 
Note: Masa Israel sponsors numerous extended stay opportunities for youth from abroad to travel, study and do community service projects throughout the country. Over 10,000 young Jewish adults are in Israel this year in various Masa programs.
 

The International Conservation Center, Citta di Roma Teach Students From All Over The World How To Conserve Archaeology

The International Conservation Center, Citta di Roma Teach Students From All Over The World How To Conserve Archaeology

The International Conservation Center, Citta di Roma Teach Students From All Over The World How To Conserve Archaeology

April 5, 2011

For the first time in Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority will hold a unique project in which young students from all over the world take part in the conservation of archaeological and historical sites in Israel.
The students are tutored by conservation specialists and archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
 
After a long period of rehabilitation and conservation work in a spectacular Ottoman building in the southern part of Old Akko, the International Conservation Center, Citta di Roma will open its doors. In fact, this is the first institution in the country where practical conservation training will now take place. With the inauguration of the building different courses and activities will be offered for the purpose of training conservators from both Israel and abroad.
 
The program is the third session of the Saving the Stones program. This is a five month long international study program designed for young students from around the world who come to Israel within the framework of the “Masa” program sponsored by the government and the Jewish Agency. Students from Israel, Poland, Russia, the United States, England, Panama and Puerto Rico will participate in the first class. 
 
 
The professional training includes workshops in the conservation of stone, mortar, wood, metal, etc. Raʽanan Kislev, head of IAA Conservation Department, said that the conservation experts of the Israel Antiquities Authority will tutor the training activities, the theoretical and practical studies. According to him, the Israel Antiquities Authority considers the participants part of its professional activity and they will be permitted to touch, explore, treat and conserve the unique and rich heritage of Israel. Their work will contribute to bestowing the heritage to future generations and increase awareness in Israel for conservation.
 
The Akko Municipality and Old Akko Development Company are partners in the program. Mr. David Harrari, CEO of the Old Acre Development Company, welcomed the participants on their first day and said that “the success of the program will contribute to promoting and positioning Akko as an international training center. Opening the doors of the city’s institutions and its homes constitutes a significant tier in the presentation of a city that is welcoming, warm and accommodating of tourists.”
 
 
At the reception organized by the city of Akko, the municipality promised to help the participants adjust to their stay in Israel and organized host families for them, cultural events and a wide variety of activities. In exchange the program’s participants will volunteer to assist in social activities in the city and contribute to the research on the culture and conservation of Akko’s sites.
 
In a field trip arranged for the program participants at the Western Galilee College, Dr. Nadav Kashtan, head of the Conservation Department, showed them the conservation studies laboratories and the conservation library. He invited the participants to visit the college and make use of all of the professional facilities during their work.
 
 
The director of the International Conservation Center, Shelley-Anne Peleg of the Israel Antiquities Authority, invited the residents of Akko to join in the training activities that take place daily within the framework of the program, throughout the city. The program is powered by Masa Israel Journey, a company of the Jewish Agency and is sponsored by the Israel National Committee to UNESCO. The participants live in Manof School.
 
For further details, kindly contact:
Itzhak Rabihiya, acting spokesman of the Israel Antiquities Authority, 054-7999209.
Shelley-Anne Peleg, Director – Intl Conservation Center, 052-4284379