Jacob Allen

Jacob Allen

Israel & Overseas Associate

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit 

allen@jfmd.org

Meara Razon Ashtivker

Alex Elman

Alex Elman

Director, Marketing and Communications

Top 10 Tikkun Olam Internship and Volunteer Placements

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Going to Israel means so much more than enjoying the night life and delicious food. Israel gives you an opportunity to give back in more ways than you can imagine. From aiding refugee and asylum seekers in their transition to a new life to helping children with disabilities achieve their dreams of participating in sports, you can not only help people but also develop your professional skills for the future.

 

Masa Israel Alumni Fellow of the Week: Amy Altchuler

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Amy Altchuler is originally from Rochester, Minnesota, but now calls Houston, Texas home. After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering from Rice University, she moved to Israel to be a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Be'er Sheva.


While in Israel she taught at a low-income school, and spent time every week with a Holocaust survivor.

 

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

February 22, 2016

Welcome to the Masa Israel family, Meara Razon Ashtivker

Meara joins us from the hi-tech sector, where she  served as C.O.O. at Boomset, an innovative event-tech company, managing sales and marketing and spearheading global partnerships. Prior to joining Boomset, Meara held the position of V.P. of community outreach for Jspace.com where she created and executed a marketing plan, as well as planned and produced mass-attended events.

 

True to our mission, Meara has lived it like a local,  having spent significant time living, working and studying in Israel. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Hartford, she was selected to participate in the Otzma program. In the years following, she moved to Miami to work with Young Judaea and returned to Israel to work for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Meara received an M.A. in non-profit management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem while working for Beit Hatfutsot.

 

Meara served as the board chair for Dor Chadash and sat on the board of directors of the American Zionist Movement and the Moatza in New York.

 

In her new position as Masa Israel’s North American COO, where she will be managing the national recruitment and marketing efforts in the US.

She plans on expanding her vast global and local partner network, industry insight and international know-how to continue to bring an increasing number of young Jews to Israel in order to impact the futures of both.

 

We wish her, and us, much success! Welcome to the Masa Israel family, Meara.

Texas Jewish Post: Arlington-born Unger teaching Israeli kids English

Texas Jewish Post: Arlington-born Unger teaching Israeli kids English

February 18, 2016

By Ben Tinsley

 

In a place very far removed from his hometown of Arlington, native Texan Max Unger teaches English to Israeli children in Ramle-Lod through Masa Israel’s Teaching Fellows program.

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Max Unger, a 26-year-old Texas-Arlington graduate, tutors underprivileged students in Ramle-Lod.

 

The 26-year-old University of Texas at Arlington graduate said this is an incredibly rewarding experience.


“It’s great because I feel like I’m making a difference — sharing a gift,” Unger said during a recent telephone interview from Israel. “English is the unofficial language of business and it is very important to speak it. Many Israelis want to speak English. I mean, I’m not solving world hunger or anything but this is a gift, a tiny gift. The kids where I teach don’t get that much exposure to languages.”

 

Read the rest of Max's Story in the Texas Jewish Post.

Test your Presidential Knowledge

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In honor of Presidents' Day, we're challenging you to see how much you know about U.S. and Israeli Presidents:

 
 

10 Amazing Masa Israel Love Stories

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Valentine's Day may not be a Jewish holiday, but we can't stop ourselves from kvelling over all of these beautiful alumni couples who met in Israel:

 

1. Kelly and Jon, 2008

 

 

The Eco-Israel Experience: A Hungarian Perspective

<div class="masa-blog-title">The Eco-Israel Experience: A Hungarian Perspective</div>

My name is David, I’m 18 years old and from Budapest, Hungary. I take part in a program called Eco-Israel, which is a five-month program on a sustainable community farm near the city of Modi’in. We are a group of eight “Ecos”, living and volunteering together with the local young Israelis.