Israel Service Fellows to Work in Druze Youth Centers in Akko

Israel Service Fellows to Work in Druze Youth Centers in Akko

June 4, 2012

In addition to meaningful volunteer work with young Jewish people in Akko this fall, many of Ma'ase Olam's Israel Service Fellows will also be working in Druze and Arab youth centers near Akko this year. 
The Druze and Arab community has limited access to opportunities and resources that allow them to fully integrate into Israeli society. Despite the Druze community's long-standing and deep commitment to the State of Israel, expressed among other things in the fact that all Druze males serve in the IDF, economic distress is widespread, and social services supplied to the community are extremely limited and lacking. At the same time, aspects of  Druze and Arab society is struggling with the transition from traditionalism to modernity, with the challenges presented by such a transition being especially palpable among Druze and Arab youth. This transition is also being felt in the struggle for women’s rights in the Druze community. There is growing awareness that the deepening crisis has potential ramifications beyond the community itself.
 
Israel Service Fellows will be working in youth centers that provide programming for Arab and Druze youth that promote leadership development, volunteerism, and equality in Akko. The program a chance for people 13-25 years old from diverse populations (from at-risk youth to exceptional students) a variety of high quality and value-rich activities, focused on promoting volunteerism, leadership development, and educational enrichment.
 
The work at the youth center will run from the afternoon through the evening. Programming at the youth centers is extensive, including sessions and classes that might focus on drama, music, computer skills, education and more. Activities that Israel Service Fellows might operate include organizing a spelling bee or debate course, planning a community events, and English instruction.
 
In many cases the youth centers are the only public place where young people in those communities will get these services. Israel Service Fellows will have the opportunity to operate in a framework where the work they are doing will be groundbreaking. Without their presence, the residents of the communities they will be working in would not take place, depriving young people in those communities the opportunities presented to them by Israel Service Fellows.

ShalomLife: PM Netanyahu Tells Masa Participants Stand Up For Israel Wherever You Are

ShalomLife: PM Netanyahu Tells Masa Participants Stand Up For Israel Wherever You Are

May 23, 2012

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu addressed thousands of Jewish young adults from around the world this week. 
All of whom are currently spending time in Israel as part of Masa Israel Journey, a partnership between the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency. Netanyahu called on the Masa participants to stand up for Israel wherever they are – by making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) or defending Israel in their home communities.
 
In Toronto, Masa is funded through UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
 
"Israel is your home, your homeland, and your future," the Prime Minister said. "You are bringing back to your countries something valuable – the truth about Israel."
 
The prime minister praised Jewish Agency Chairman of the Executive Natan Sharansky, calling him “a hero of the Jewish people.”
 
He recalled for the Masa participants that when Sharansky stood in court back in the Soviet Union and was asked whether he had anything to say, he responded: "I have nothing to say to the court, but to my wife and the Jewish people I say, ‘next year in Jerusalem.’"
 

Lost in the Rhythm

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I came to Israel – to the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies – 10 months ago, so that I could study and become familiar with Jewish text. I wanted very much to live a ‘Jewish life.’ I just didn’t know what that entailed or meant.
 
Judaism, for me, has been like a dance. It wasn’t so much fun when I didn’t know the steps.
 

Masa Israel Programs Fair for Birthright Israel Participants

Masa Israel Programs Fair for Birthright Israel Participants

July 17, 2012 (All day)

  TBD, Israel  - 

Masa Israel invites current Birthright Israel participants to learn about opportunities to get back to Israel.
Learn more about the programs we offer.
Miriam Wasser
2011-2012

Los Angeles Israel Experience Celebration & Send Off

Los Angeles Israel Experience Celebration & Send Off

June 14, 2012 - 18:00  -  June 14, 2012 - 21:00

LA Jewish FederationLos Angeles, CA  - 

Going to Israel on a Masa Israel program? Let us organize a celebration in your honor!
- Make friends with other people from your and other programs
- Enjoy a kosher Israeli dinner
- Sing and dance with a special performance by the Tzofim Friendship Caravan
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
6505 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
 
RSVP by June 8th: nicolea@jafi.org / Tel:  323-658-7302
 
In partnership with: BBYO, B’nai Akiba, Habonim Dror, Israeli Scouts, JSU/NCSY, NFTY, Ramah, USY and Young Judaea

Ma’ase Olam Announces New Israel Program

Ma’ase Olam Announces New Israel Program

May 23, 2012

Israel Service Fellows is a 10 month volunteer program in Akko for outstanding college graduates.
Ma’ase Olam, a leading volunteer organization in Israel that spearheads volunteering frameworks for young people in Israel in an equal, professional manner, is thrilled to announce the launch of the new and innovative Israel Service Fellows program in partnership with Masa Israel Journey and the Rashi Foundation.
 
The 10-month long program costs only $1,000 for applicants eligible for a Masa Israel Journey grant, airfare and housing included. Fellows will also receive a stipend of roughly $360 (1300NIS) a month during the program.
 
The program, now accepting applicants for the fall of 2012, provides an opportunity for outstanding college graduates to work on informal education, community development and empowerment projects while living and working together in Akko, a vibrant and beautiful city located just north of Haifa. Aside from a service placement, Fellows will receive ongoing professional support, intensive Hebrew training, and trips throughout Israel.
 
Ma’ase Olam North American Manager, Eric Eingold, described the organization’s excitement and commitment to the program, saying “Ma’ase is fully committed to building as inclusive and equitable an Israel as possible. This exciting program will allow participants to work as mentors and educators to teenagers in Israel. The program’s location in Akko will also provide an opportunity for our Fellows to work in cross-cultural youth centers that run programming for youth from Israel’s Druze community.
 
Eingold continued, “Additionally, the Israel Service Fellows program is designed to provide a truly immersive experience in Israel. Importantly, all of our Fellows will be partnered with a group of Israeli peers, and both groups will undergo joint programming and carry out service work together.  It is our expectation that this will set the stage for a meaningful and deep cultural exchange.”
 
Ma’ase Olam is looking for exceptional candidates to join the growing movement of young adults choosing to make a difference in Israel with Israel Service Fellows. 
 
Since it’s founding in 2004, Ma’ase has grown to the point where the organization is supervising the volunteer work of over 700 young volunteers from all over Israel. Ma'ase provides content, training and placement services for approximately 1000 additional volunteers from social organizations.  
 
Recently, Ma'ase was named the winner of the prestigious Speaker of the Knesset Quality of Life Award in 2010 for its work to promote tolerance and narrow social gaps in Israeli society. The Award was given to Ma'ase in an official ceremony that will be held in the Knesset.
 
For more information, please email maaseolam@gmail.com, or a call at (212) 339-6075.
 

B’Tzedek LIFE, Adaptive Leadership and Leaving My Comfort Zone

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By Miriam Wasser, B'Tzedek LIFE
 
Okay, confession time: I’m a little addicted to timed writing exercises. I use them to warm up before writing, in order to get ideas and inspiration flowing. But I also do them because when you write for ten minutes straight—no stopping—the good stuff starts to come out.
 

Tikkun Olam and the Secular Yeshiva

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By Rachel Smith, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa Coexistence Track
 
As part of my year on Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, I am learning in BINA’s secular yeshiva. A secular yeshiva. What does that even mean?
 
Answering that needs a bit of history first.
 

Israel Teaching Fellows May Update

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By Eric Eingold, Ma'ase Olam North American Manager
 
Unsurprisingly, things have been busy for Ma’ase Olam’s Israel Teaching Fellows this spring.
 
After kicking off a three-week break coinciding with Passover that started with a tiyul, or tour, of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, our Fellows took the chance to get some travelling in.