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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.

 

Morgan Kaczor graduated in 2009 from California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in Child Development & Family Studies and a Minor in Dance. After graduating college, she worked as the Assistant Director at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center and the Director of the Summer Art Academy Camp. During the 2012-2013 school year, Morgan was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Rishon LeZion, volunteering as an English teacher. She was placed in an Orthodox Elementary school in which the students were bussed in from a low socio-economic Ethiopian Jewish community. Most recently, Morgan works at the Stephen S. Wise Temple and School as a Lead preschool Teacher. When she’s not in the classroom, you can find Morgan in the yoga studio, hiking in the mountains, or at the beach. Morgan is extremely passionate about creating a positive and unique learning environment for Jewish Students to thrive and deepen their connection to Israel. 

 

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.

Israel Corps co-existence

Israel Corps co-existence

Ofer Gutman

Ofer Gutman

Director of International Recruitment & Sales

 

Masa Bedouin Coexistence Fellows

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Program Description

Come and volunteer in the Bedouin communities of Israel to promote coexistence, peace and education through English. Volunteer in different programs and initiatives throughout the Bedouin community that include working in schools with at-risk youth, students from unrecognized villages and women's groups. Get hands-on experience in an NGO, receive professional teacher training and project mentor-ship, take Arabic and Hebrew language courses, attend seminars, as well as meet and work alongside politicians, officials and professors. Live, learn and make a difference in the communities of the Negev! 
 
During your fellowship you’ll get the chance to exchange culture with Bedouin youth and learn about their traditions. Immerse yourself in the Arabic and Hebrew language, spend the Jewish holidays or a Shabbat meal with a host family, visit sites holy to three major religions and experience the warmth of the Israel people and the beauty of the Jewish homeland. 
 
The Bedouin Coexistence Fellows is the only program that invites you into the Bedouin community and utilizes your background to build meaningful programs for Israel's youth. Open to all high level English speakers.
 
Subsidized in partnership with the Jewish Agency and the government of Israel eligible participants pay $3,300 or less, and the program covers, accommodations, activities, travel seminars, insurance and more for 4.5 months.
 

Rachel Rolnick

Rachel Rolnick

Recruitment and Systems Coordinator

Alli Green

Alli Green

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Nicole Haber

Nicole Haber

Director of Marketing and Communications

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