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PresenTense at Masa BFL, in one word: "Awesome!"

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By Simi Hinden of PresenTense
 
Yesterday, PresenTense had a blast teaching at the second Masa BFL (Building Future Leadership) Conference in Jerusalem.
 

Meet the Masa Alumni at TribeFest 2012!

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Next week, hundreds of Jewish young adults--including 40 Masa Israel alumni--will arrive in Las Vegas for JFNA's TribeFest.
 
Out of tons of applications, the 40 alumni throughout North America were chosen to receive subsidies for their Jewish communal passion and leadership qualities.
 

Building Future Leadership 2012

Building Future Leadership 2012

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Sandrine Balloffet

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A Toast With Masa Israel Alumni at TribeFest

A Toast With Masa Israel Alumni at TribeFest

March 25, 2012 - 20:30  -  March 25, 2012 - 22:30

Venetian HotelLas Vegas, NV  - 

Kick off the TribeFest celebrations with a toast alongside other Masa Israel alumni.
Indulge in champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, meet other fabulous young professionals who are passionate about Israel, and find out what’s in store for the alumni community nationwide. Free for Masa Israel alumni!
 
Visit the Masa Israel booth at TribeFest to RSVP and get the event location.

TribeFest Session: Take on Israel - Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel Alumni

TribeFest Session: Take on Israel - Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel Alumni

March 27, 2012 - 09:30  -  March 27, 2012 - 10:30

Veronese 2502 - Venetian HotelLas Vegas, NV  - 

Take on Israel: Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel alumni will feature 3 - 4 young North Americans who’ve spent time living and working in Israel and the original films and photography they created during their immersion experience. 
See Israel through the eyes of these young adults as they experience living in Israel for the first time. Learn about their challenges, successes and the questions raised during their time in Israel - from issues of religion and state, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to everyday life, these authentic, personal views of Israel will present nuanced perspective and set the stage for open discussion.

New Jersey Jewish Standard: Meeting a teaching challenge: Jewish Americans spend ten months in Israel's toughest schools

New Jersey Jewish Standard: Meeting a teaching challenge: Jewish Americans spend ten months in Israel's toughest schools

March 9, 2012

Like the majority of 75 Israel Teaching Fellows, Samuel Azner of Hackensack discovered the Jewish homeland through a 10-day Birthright trip and wanted to return for a longer stay. 
Now he is more than halfway through a pilot 10-month service program conceived to provide English teachers in underprivileged communities. “My background is in criminal justice, and I worked with children in Toledo and Michigan, and then in an adult special-needs program in Wayne, where I grew up,” said the 25-year-old. “Then I found myself out of work, came to Israel, and found out about this program.”
 
Now he and 22 others are teaching 20 hours a week in Netanya, while the others are working at schools in Rehovot, Ramle-Lod, Rishon LeZion, and Petach Tikva. Each are paid just $1,000 to participate. Expenses are picked up by the sponsoring Israeli Ministry of Education and Masa Israel Journey.
 
Israel Teaching Fellows is the newest of Masa Israel’s many “immersive service opportunities that allow young adults to impact Israel in a sustainable way while having a genuine Israel and Jewish experience,” said the organization’s North American director, Avi Rubel. About 11,000 post-college students are in Israel this year participating in 16 Masa Israel service programs.
 

Israeli Body Language: A Guide

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Israelis are the masters of body language.  With the movement of a hand, the flick of the wrist, or the jutting of a chin they can communicate a whole series of complex emotions without saying a word. Pay attention to those hand gestures because science has proven there is more to body language than meets the eye.
 

Masa Israel alumni leaders show their support for Israel at AIPAC’s Policy Conference

Masa Israel alumni leaders show their support for Israel at AIPAC’s Policy Conference

Masa Israel alumni leaders show their support for Israel at AIPAC’s Policy Conference

March 7, 2012

Masa Israel subsidized participation of 10 Masa program alumni at AIPAC’s 2012 Policy Conference, chosen based upon their demonstrated Israel advocacy leadership in their communities.  
Read what some of them had to say about their experiences at the conference:
 
"The single greatest achievement of Masa Israel Journey (and Israel programs generally), is to create, nurture and cement the connection between Israel and young Jews around the world. I came back from Masa wanting to learn how I could be a better Israel advocate in the community.
 
AIPAC is an unparallelled 72 hours of learning and networking precisely on how we can achieve that. As my first AIPAC Policy Conference, it has not only met, but it surpassed all my wildest expectations–first class world speakers, government leaders, seminars and participants from around the world and all walks of life. As a result, I will now be a more effective advocate for Israel, and the importance of the U.S.-Israel alliance."
-Arsen Ostrovsky, Career Israel alumnus
 
"The annual AIPAC Policy Conference is an incredibly important way to show support for the incredible country that I was fortunate to work in while on Career Israel and now work for in Chicago. While I have been to many Policy Conferences, this year’s is more important than ever and I greatly appreciate Masa Israel’s assistance in allowing me to attend. I have always traveled to DC in March with my family, but it is wonderful to be here this year with alumni and close friends from Career Israel. I hope and would be more than willing to help make sure the Masa contingent doubles at next year’s conference."
-Ari Rokni, Career Israel alumnus
 
"My Masa experience studying abroad at Hebrew University introduced me to the power of a passionate network of Jewish friends and colleagues.  Ever since then, I’ve been diving deeper and deeper into the Jewish world, and I’ve had exponential rewards.  For this reason, I wanted to attend AIPAC Policy Conference, because it is a premiere hub for Jewish leadership.  I was not disappointed, with over 1,200 college students and over 13,000 pro-Israel community leaders in attendance, and I came away with dozens of exciting new connections and opportunities to continue helping Israel and fixing the world."
-Daniel Cohen, Hebrew University alumnus
 
"AIPAC demonstrated a Jewish unity like none other. We were all there for a common cause, common purpose, and there was nothing to add. Well presented, thoughtful, and it gave me recollections of my time in Israel."
-David Issever, Yeshiva alumnus