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.”
 

UCLA Global Opportunities Night

UCLA Global Opportunities Night

November 14, 2012 - 18:30  -  November 14, 2012 - 20:30

UCLA Career CenterLos Angeles, CA  - 

Does living and working abroad interest you? Connect with international hiring organizations and graduate programs looking to recruit UCLA students, invluding Masa Israel Southwest Regional Director Maor Shaffin.
All majors and all class levels are invited to attend. Bring your resume and BruinCard for free admission!
 
Fair admittance open only to current UCLA students. For more information visit career.ucla.edu/Students/CareerFairs/GlobalOppNight_Fall_2012.aspx 

Conquering the chaotic Israeli classroom

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By Jennifer Handel, Israel Teaching Fellows
 
So what does a young American Jew with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in liberal arts do after the endless battle of job hunting? Well move to Israel, of course!
 

Jerusalem Post: Helping African women in Tel Aviv

Jerusalem Post: Helping African women in Tel Aviv

July 23, 2012

By Mariel Eve Ackerman, Career Israel
 
We, as individuals, and as a society (and the government of Israel) have an opportunity to be up standers, to be righteous among the nations.
For most Americans, the issues of government oppression, genocide, civil wars, mosquitos and hunger in Africa are experienced only through television commercials portraying young children as an emotional tactic to elicit monetary aid. Not so long ago, this was the extent of my knowledge and perception of societal problems in Africa.
 
After finishing graduate school with a M.Sc. in Health Systems Management from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and working in project and medical group management for two years – I decided I wanted to live in Israel and somehow make my degree valuable in this land that Jews from all over the world feel such a strong connection to.
 
Through a Masa program called Career Israel, I was placed with an NGO called Hagar and Miriam, a branch-off organization of Brit Olam and Topaz.
 
Hagar and Miriam’s mission is to help refugee and asylumseeker women in Israel access pre-natal medical care (although their specific statuses were not distinguished by my organization).
 
My role was to be a coordinator of abortions, and I spent my days meeting with dozens of African refugees, asylum-seeking women and migrant workers, almost solely from Eritrea. I was to navigate the healthcare system for them.
 
There are five stipulations, one of which must be true, for a woman (Israeli or not) to be allowed to have an abortion in Israel. They are: 1. The women is under the age of 18 or over the age of 40. 2. The woman is not married. 3. The woman was raped. 4. There is health risk to the mother, and 5. There is health risk to the infant.
 

The best hummus in all the land

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By Alex Willick, Otzma
 
Ask any Israeli for their vote on best hummus place in Israel, and in general, they’ll all give you a different answer. There are, however, a few places that are known State-wide as having exemplary recipes and preparations.