3 Recipes for a Happy, Kosher, and Vegan Passover

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By Chef Chanah Auerbach, Masa Israel Volunteer Alumna

 

This Passover, stop wasting your energy making matzah-based, kosher-for-Passover versions of your favorite carb dishes. Instead, focus on plant-based, colortul fruit and vegetable dishes that are sure to fill you up and make all of your guests happy!

 

1. Begin your day with a delicious smoothie!

 
 

Way More Israel

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Program Description

Way More Israel is a unique 5-month program where you will have an authentic Israel experience as you develop your own unique skills and interests. You’ll spend the first month living in Jerusalem’s Old City, improving your Hebrew skills and getting to know places and people around you. You’ll discover the meaning and significance of heritage and history through tours, workshops, hands-on learning, group volunteer projects and cultural activities. For the second month, you’ll travel to a kibbutz where you will continue to learn Hebrew, and have a chance to really contribute to communal life. You’ll pick up some organic farming techniques and/or work in a kibbutz factory. You’ll then return to Jerusalem for the last three months where you’ll be working or volunteering in your chosen field. Jerusalem has some of the best opportunities to gain valuable experience working in companies (over 600 to choose from) or making a real difference at the many non-profit organizations. 
 
During trips around the country, interactive programs and activities, you’ll experience “way more” of Israel and Israelis. By visiting places that many tourists don’t go and interacting with Israeli peers and your Jerusalem neighbours, you’ll start to feel like a local. Classes and workshops about issues crucial to Israel and your Jewish heritage will sharpen your critical thinking skills and open up new educational vistas. Because Way More Israel is multifaceted, diverse and comprehensive, you’ll get to know Israel and you’ll get to know yourself.
 
 

Highlights

Way More Israel is a unique combination of living in Jerusalem, working on kibbutz, and choosing between the career development track (internships) or volunteer track.
 
The trips and educational component of Way More Israel offer present Israel and Israelis from a deeper dimension. Highlights include:
- City of David “Enchanted Jerusalem” evening tour
- Sephardic Heritage Event - food, music, culture
- Packing food boxes for needy families
- Klesmer music concert
- Meet IDF Soldiers and participate in “Thank Israeli Soldiers” project
- Tour of Mishkenot and Prisoner’s Museum
- Tour of Arab Quarter and Moroccan cooking workshop
- Face painting in hospitals
- Kabbalah Seminar
- Tree planting on Tu B'Shvat
- Coexistence Roundtable Discussion - meet your Old City neighbors
- Trip to Negev (including caving and rappelling) 
- In the Footsteps of the Maccabees - Hanukka trip to Modiin
- Beyond Politics - The legitimacy of Israel’s claim to the land (workshop)
- Hike the Golan Heights and a weekend in mystical Safed
 
 

MITF French - Israel Experience

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Program Description

This program is conducted in French.

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Raise Money for their Schools

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Raise Money for their Schools

March 27, 2015

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows work in some of the most underfunded schools in Israel. They teach students who lack access to the books and supplies necessary for their education. However, at the December Masa Israel Leadership Summit, seven entrepreneurial Fellows took it upon themselves to bring attention to these issues and fundraise for the schools in which they work.

The December Leadership Summit featured the first ever NU Campaign AcTEEvism Workshop ever. For the first time, NU Campaign’s clients created their own campaign: from choosing a cause, to creating a message, and designing a shirt.

 

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows' "Education Matters" shirt via NU Campaign


“It’s a totally new idea for NU, where we empower students to be active for things they are passionate about,” explained David Kramer, Founder and CEO of the Israeli crowd-funding platform that creates customized apparel to raise awareness and funds for a cause, charity, event, project, or business.


“David told us about the company and was like ‘I’ve talked enough. Now you guys have to come up with your own design and campaign,’” Marni Balint, a Fellow in Netanya, remembered. “’If I like it, we’ll put it up on the website.’”


Whereas everyone participating in the workshop was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow, Arielle Goldfarb, Lauren Kivowitz, Marni Balint, Rachel Beckman, Rachel Leeds, Samantha Bear, and Talya Sterling created a campaign for the cause that brought them to Israel – the cause that they are already dedicating a year of their lives to – improving Israel’s education system.


It was also apparent to David that, as Masa Israel Teaching Fellows who work in Israel’s socioeconomic periphery, each member of the group had personally experienced the desperate need for the equal distribution of supplies and resources to Israel’s schools.


Rachel Beckman, a Bostonian who teaches in Petach Tikvah, works with students who do not have the right books or materials for their classes because neither their parents nor their schools can afford them. “As an educator, I am saddened to see that students are left behind or bored in class because they do not have access to the tools they need.”


David also saw a group of passionate young professionals who had a clear mission.  “I just grabbed a marker and started drawing,” Marni explained. “We wanted an open book and then everyone just added to the design.” At the end of the workshop, the NU Campaign founder and CEO took a picture and sent it to his design team. The Education Matters campaign launched one month later, on the NU Campaign website.


For many of the involved Fellows, the campaign only strengthened their resolve to change the lives of Israeli students. “It’s all about making a difference, one student at a time,” said Talya Sterling, a Cleveland native teaching in Petach Tikvah.

 

For more information and to support the campaign, visit Education Matters.

Masa Israel's Favorite Purim Costumes

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Purim is only days away, and Masa Israel Journey wants to help you get into the holiday spirit. You've heard plenty from our participants and alumni about their holiday celebrations and Israel experiences. Now, it's time to hear from our North American staff and get to know some of the people who help thousands of Jewish young adults live Israel like a local!

 

 

House of Cards: Israel Edition

House of Cards: Israel Edition

February 27, 2015

With the Israeli elections just weeks away, Masa Israel Journey organized events to help participants understand the ins and outs of the 2015 Israeli elections. 

 

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Masa Israel Elections Workship in Jerusalem

Over 200 Masa Israel participants attended workshops, in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, that were a crash course in Israeli elections and the current political landscape. Attendees gained a basic understanding of the key issues concerning Israeli voters, as they prepare to head to the polls on March 17,2015.  The workshops also provided them with information about Israel's numerous political parties, their platforms and the candidates vying to become the next prime minister of the State of Israel.

 

The highlight of the evening, for both Masa Israel participants and staff members alike, were the panel sessions featuring influential leaders, thinkers and activists who discussed national security, the Israeli economy, the Israeli elections process, and why the 2015 Israeli elections are different than past elections.

 

In Jerusalem, Haviv Retig Gur, political correspondent for The Times of Israel moderated the panel, which included numerous politicians: Yochai Zeid from Yesh Atid, Ashley Perry from Yisrael Beiteinu, Uri Bank from Bayet HaYehudi, Yehuda Glick from Likud and Gabe Sasson from Avoda.

 

The Tel Aviv panel, also moderated by Haviv Retig Gur, featured journalists: managing editor of Israel Hayom, Barney Breen-Portney; Israel Correspondent for JTA, Ben Sales; Knesset reporter for The Jerusalem Post, Lahav Harkov; correspondent for i24 News, Yael Wissner-Level; and editor of Mishpacha Magazine, Binyamin Rose.

Masa Israel Journey Dessert Reception at 2015 AIPAC Policy Conference

Masa Israel Journey Dessert Reception at 2015 AIPAC Policy Conference

March 2, 2015 - 07:30  -  March 2, 2015 - 09:30

  Washington, DC  -  United States

Join Masa Israel Journey alumni and staff for a dessert reception, Monday evening.

Take a load off from the hectic conference and satiate your sweet tooth. Network with Masa Israel alumni and staff, learn more about Masa Israel and enjoy a live performance by Masa Israel Teaching Fellow alum and Halleluja: Global Jewish Singing Contest 2014 finalist, Seth Reder.

Jodi Taube

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Not Your Bubbie's Hamantaschen: 9 Unique Recipes for Purim 2015

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Whether you prefer savory or sweet, these nine out-of-the-ordinary hamantaschen recipes are sure to satisfy your cravings this Purim. Just don't tell your bubbie what you did with the prune ones that she made for you. 

 

1. Pumpkin Chai Hammantaschen

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via Lil' Miss Cakes

 

 

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