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MITF - Bina Merchavim

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Program Description

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Bina is a program designed to close the achievement gap within Israel’s education system, as well as provide equal learning opportunities for both Jewish and Arab youth alike. 

 

On Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Bina you will spend 25-30 hours a week working as an English teaching assistant in a local elementary or middle school, whose educational systems traditionally lag behind those in better-off areas of Israel. Additionally, you will volunteer 5 hours a week outside the classroom, in an organization of your choosing within the community. Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Bina gives you the opportunity to work with many diverse populations of Israel. 

 

Through Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Bina you will get to participate in a 60 hour teacher-training course taught by Israel’s Ministry of Education, Ulpan (Hebrew learning) classes to help you learn the language and really immerse yourself into Israeli society, as well as weekly enrichment classes focused on co-existence and social justice.

 

Israel Teaching Fellows is highly subsidized by Israel’s Ministry of Education and Masa Israel allowing the cost of the program to only be $1,000 including living accommodations, flight-reimbursement, and a monthly stipend. 

 

Highlights

Our ITF Cities 
 
 
Rahat 
 
Rahat is the first and largest Bedouin city in Israel. The Arab Bedouin of the Negev are a traditionally nomadic people who have become mostly sedentarized in the last 100 years. Founded in the late '70s, Rahat is populated by more than 33 Bedouin tribes from the Negev desert region. Known as "the city of children" with 60% of its population under the age of 18 Rahat and the surrounding Bedouin villages are going through a period of change and modernization with the new generation asking what it means to be Bedouin in the 21st century. While Rahat is a modern city boasting a Bedouin market, bustling commercial center with restaurants and businesses and many mosques, it still retains a uniquely Bedouin feel. 
 
Just 15 minutes from Be'er Sheva, the capital of the Negev and 45 minutes by train from Tel Aviv, Rahat is located at the beginning of the Negev Desert with stunning nature and scenery surrounding it. Rahat is a culturally unique city with a warm and inviting community famous for their hospitality. This unique ITF program is partnered with the Bedouin-Jewish organization A New Dawn in the Negev, an organization dedicated to promoting equality, coexistence and peace among all residents of the Negev, as well as elevating educational standards. 
 
 
 
Nazareth 
 
As the largest Arab city in Israel, Nazareth has a deep history dating back thousands of years. Today, it is a vibrant center of Arab-Israeli life as well as a window into the authentic Middle Eastern spirit. As an ITF Fellow in Nazareth,you'll have the opportunity to explore this vibrant city and its rich history, while serving its population of Arab citizens of Israel. 
 
 
 
Migdal Ha’emek 
 
On the other hand, Migdal Ha’Emek is home to a variety of underserved Jewish populations, including recent immigrants from Ethiopia, the Former Soviet Union, North Africa and South America. The town was founded in the 1950s as a ma'abara–a settlement camp for the Middle Eastern and North African Jewish immigrants who poured into Israel shortly after Independence. As a town whose origins comprise of groups of people looking to build a new life in Israel, Migdal Ha’emek is faced with many societal challenges, which provides ITF fellows with a rewarding opportunity to make a difference. 
 
  • Main Subject: Volunteer Programs
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  • Keywords:
  • Education 
  • Duration:
  • 10 Months 
  • Age:
  • 21-30 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Bina Merhavim 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • MITF - Bina Merchavim 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Shana Feld 
  • itf@bina.org.il 
  • www.bina.org.il/itf 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 04,2016 - June 30,2017, RAHAT, $15200
  • September 04,2016 - June 30,2017, NAZARETH, $15200

3 Recipes for a Happy, Kosher, and Vegan Passover">3 Recipes for a Happy, Kosher, and Vegan Passover

Posted April 8th, 2015

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
 
  • Main Subject: Experiential Programs, Professional Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Coexistence, Kibbutz 
  • Duration:
  • 5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 21-30 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Heritage House 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Way More Israel 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Jackie Heritage 
  • (p):972 52-838-6137 
  • admissions@heritage.org.il 
  • www.waymoreisrael.com 
  • Program Dates:
  • February 02,2017 - June 29,2017, JERUSALEM, $7300
  • January 30,2018 - June 28,2018, JERUSALEM, $7300

Masa Israel's Favorite Purim Costumes">Masa Israel's Favorite Purim Costumes

Posted March 2nd, 2015

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!

 

 

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

Posted February 23rd, 2015

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

 

 

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

  • Main Subject: Volunteer Programs
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  • Duration:
  • 10.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 21-30 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Organizer:
  • Mercaz Ma'ase 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • MITF - Maase Olam -Youth Villages 
  • Price:
  • $ 15200 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Not Included 
  • Program Contact Information:
  • Amanda Gold 
  • (p):972 4 902 770/2 
  • maaseolam@gmail.com 
  • Program Dates:
  • August 15,2016 - June 30,2017

Celebrities in Israel: 8 #LiveItLikeALocal moments in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and beyond">Celebrities in Israel: 8 #LiveItLikeALocal moments in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and beyond

Posted January 29th, 2015

Celebrities – They’re just like us! Whether in Israel for business or pleasure, they know how to have a good time in the land of milk and honey. In honor of Chelsea Handler’s recent visit to Israel, here are 8 amazing moments from some our favorite stars in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and everywhere in between.


1. Claire Danes cozies up to an ice cream statue in Neve Tzedek

 
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