The Jewish Week: Widen the Israel Discussion on Campus

The Jewish Week: Widen the Israel Discussion on Campus

February 17, 2015

Consul General of Israel in New York, Ido Aharoni, writes about the need to broaden conversations about Israel on American university campuses. 

He argues that, in addition to the 'Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict', conversations about Israel need to cover topics that resonate with college students, like sustainability, business health, and other issues that concern them. He goes on to commend those organizations, including Masa Israel Journey, that have set an example for the rest of the community:

 

"We should empower the organizations that have adopted this approach, when it comes to Israel. The efforts of organizations like Masa [Israel], Birthright, JNF, Lapid, AIPAC, JFNA, Hillel and others have resulted in a new phenomenon in which this generation is looking to Israel as a place of opportunity."

 

Read Ido Aharoni's full op-ed in The Jewish Week

Assaf Berovich

Assaf Berovich

Masa Scandinavia
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Analia Latarowski

Analia Latarowski

Masa Greece
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Roni Israeli

Roni Israeli

Masa New Zeland
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Sarit Braver

Sarit Braver

Masa Australia
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Joel Macadar

Masa UK Marketing&Recruitment Co-ordinator
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Sara Eisen

Global Chief Communications Officer
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Moran Biassira

External Relations and PR Manager
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Arutz Sheva: Jewish Agency Delegation Visits Paris Jewish Community

Arutz Sheva: Jewish Agency Delegation Visits Paris Jewish Community

February 9, 2015

Last week, members of Jewish Agency For Israel Board of Governors travelled to Paris to show their solidarity with the local Jewish community and to assess the community's needs in the wake of last month's terror attacks. While in Paris, the group met with numerous French Jewish community leaders.

"Speaking to the group, community leaders praised The Jewish Agency's work in France and asked that it be expanded even further. 'Masa is the strongest way to keep our young people connected to Israel and being Jewish,' said Keren Hayesod France President Richard Prasquier, referring to Masa Israel Journey, a partnership between The Jewish Agency and the Government of Israel that brings thousands of Jewish young people from around the world to experience life in Israel each year."

 

To read the full article, click here.

 

MITF - Maase Olam -Youth Villages

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Program Description

Israel's youth village system is a culturally distinct approach to providing healthy learning environments for Israeli youth at risk and new immigrants between the ages of 12-18.

Israeli teens might choose to live and study in these agricultural communities for a variety of reasons: their family might be impoverished and unable to adequately care for them, they might have immigrated to Israel alone, they might have had a difficult time with social integration at their former schools, or they might simply be interested in the community values that the youth village embodies. Whatever the reason, the network of educators, mentors, and adoptive families in the village provides an environment for these teens to grow into thriving and compassionate adults.

Though there are countless benefits for the teens that grow up in this setting, one drawback is that they have less access to native English speakers than they would have if they lived in urban Israeli environments. This is the first time that an organized group of English-speaking Jews have been brought in to address this issue. We are looking for adventurous and socially conscious Jews from the Anglosphere who are not only interested in teaching English, but in leading informal education activities, and in serving as close mentors and role models for their students.

Highlights

The youth village is a product of the Jewish commitment to tikkun olam, and embodies the cliché but truthful maxim that "it takes a village to raise a child". The 10 months of the program will be highly challenging, but also profound. Those who work in a youth village tend to reflect on it as a transformative life experience.

A wide range of skills are useful in a youth village setting, so those with one or more of the following interests or attributes are encouraged to apply:

• Interest in social work, counseling or mentoring teens
• Background in constructive recreational activities like music, sports, dance, art, theatre, cooking, photography, etc.
• Interest in gardening, agriculture and/or animals
• Hebrew ability, as some students in the village have limited English
• European language ability, particularly French and Russian, for new immigrant students