Masa Israel Leadership Summit - Spring

Masa Israel Leadership Summit - Spring

March 10, 2013 (All day)  -  March 14, 2013 (All day)

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

The Masa Israel Leadership Summit is an intensive, 5 day learning and skill-building seminar for exceptional participants of Masa Israel programs from around the world. 
The seminar is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a strong and active Jewish leader through learning, leadership training, community service and involvement in your local community. By offering you dynamic and interactive programming and a support network of peers from around the world, the Masa Israel Leadership Summit helps you leverage your deep connection with Israel to prepare you for active involvement in Jewish life when you return home.
 
Applications due by March 1. Open to all Masa Israel participants.
 
 

Israel on My Mind: Aliyah Evening Seminar

Israel on My Mind: Aliyah Evening Seminar

January 10, 2013 (All day)

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

Now that you've spent some real time in Israel, are you thinking about taking the next step and making Aliyah? 
Join us for an evening seminar and explore what Israel has to offer new olim. Ask questions, learn about the process and meet peers who are also considering taking the next step.

Israeli Society Shabbaton

Israeli Society Shabbaton

December 28, 2012 (All day)  -  December 29, 2012 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Masa's Israeli Society Shabbaton explores different aspects of Israeli society, covering the most pressing issues that are facing Israel today.  
Cost - 50 NIS. Open to participants ages 21 and up. 

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff

January 8, 2013 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Are you a staff member of one of Masa Israel's programs?
Join us for an enrichment day designed just for you! Meet other program staff, share ideas and experiences, take part in team-building exercises, and learn conflict resolution techniques, marketing skills, and much more.

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff

December 5, 2012 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Are you a staff member of one of Masa Israel's programs?
Join us for an enrichment day designed just for you! Meet other program staff, share ideas and experiences, take part in team-building exercises, and learn conflict resolution techniques, marketing skills, and much more.

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff

November 5, 2012 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Are you a staff member of one of Masa Israel's programs?
Join us for an enrichment day designed just for you! Meet other program staff, share ideas and experiences, take part in team-building exercises, and learn conflict resolution techniques, marketing skills, and much more.

MasaFest 2012 featuring the Idan Raichel Project

MasaFest 2012 featuring the Idan Raichel Project

October 29, 2012 - 19:00

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

Join us as we kick off the 2012 – 2013 season! Meet new friends from all over the world and begin your journey with the rest of the Masa Israel Community.
Idan Raichel is a widely acclaimed Israeli singer/songwriter and founder of the Idan Raichel Project.
 
Cost – 40 NIS
 

March of the Million

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By Alex Willick, Otzma
 
 
The primary reason for my being in Israel is to learn what it’s like to be an Israeli — all the wonders, difficulties, elation, struggles, and passions included.
 

Ice coffee and Hebrew...

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By Alex Willick, Otzma
 
Gourmet ice coffee and my Hebrew notebook are good friends of mine in Israel:
 
 
A bona fide child of the Tri-State Area, Alex Willick was born in Bergen County, NJ, raised in Westport, Connecticut, and subsequently lived in New York City.
 

Planting seeds of change

Planting seeds of change

August 6, 2012

Even after years of volunteer work, completing a service program in Israel was a life-changing, eye-opening experience for Seattle native Shoshana Wineburg.
By Rachel Olstein Kaplan
 
Shoshana Wineburg always resisted her mother’s requests to help with the gardening. Yet now, at 25, the Phinney Ridge native and inveterate traveler and volunteer is eager to plant seeds — both literally and figuratively — that will blossom into brighter futures for the communities she works with.
 
Shoshana spent last year in Israel volunteering with the Yahel Israel Service Learning program, where she helped build community, teach English and plant urban gardens among the concrete housing units in the Shapira neighborhood of Gedera. Yahel sends young people to volunteer and live alongside with the Ethiopian-Israeli community in Israel on long-term, summer and alternative break programs.
“I grew up in a household with a lot of emphasis on education, on service and helping people,” Shoshana said. “The main thing in our house was to be a good person.” Her father is a professor of educational psychology at Stanford and her mother is a social worker. Shoshana sees herself as a product of her upbringing.
 
But it wasn’t until she spent nine months volunteering with Yahel, living and working within a largely Ethiopian community, that Shoshana really began to think about how to do service effectively. “Yahel was particularly eye-opening for me. I had been involved with volunteer work my entire life, and I considered myself critical and analytical. But I had never asked if my actions were perpetuating dependency.” 
 
Shoshana feels that Yahel is different from other volunteer programs because they worked hand in hand with grassroots organizations. “The number-one most important thing is collaboration. We were working in collaboration with Friends By Nature, an organization that was already part of the community. We weren’t coming in and telling them what to do. It was bottom-up, not top-down. Even though we were outsiders, we were paired with people who were insiders.” Inspired by this community-based approach to development, Shoshana is considering applying for a master’s in Community and International Development at McGill University in the future.
 
With Yahel, Shoshana volunteered in the local community center, teaching English to adults and teens and tutoring for the Shiurei Bayit b’Bayit (Homework at Home) program. Working in partnership with Friends by Nature, Shoshana and the other participants on Yahel helped build community gardens between the concrete housing projects that make up the neighborhood. “We set up gardens where they would grow veggies and Ethiopian herbs and teff — a grain used to make the flour for injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread.”