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
 

Videos

Hear participants talk about their daily life, take a virtual tour of your favorite program, and watch your semester of year in Israel unfold in front of you

Israel Teaching Fellows - Oranim Project

Masa Alumni Hebrew Conversation Club

Masa Alumni Hebrew Conversation Club

March 14, 2012 - 19:30  -  March 14, 2012 - 21:00

Moishe House DUMBOBrooklyn, NY  - 

Practice your Hebrew while making mishloah manot, Purim baskets for friends!
If you are interested in practicing your language skills in an informal setting while delighting in Purim delicacies come join us for our second Ivrit meet-up.  Food and drink will be served, and (Hebrew) dialogue encouraged.  
 
Spots are limited. RSVP to reserve your place.
 
Once you register, you will receive the Moishe House Dumbo's address by email.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Masa Israel's Director of Alumni Rachel Trager Sales at racheltr@masaisrael.org.    
 

Masa alumni Hebrew conversation club comes to Brooklyn!

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By Rachel Sales, Masa Israel Director of Alumni and Public Relations
 
This past week, Moishe House DUMBO and the Masa Israel alumni culture committee launched the bimonthly Hebrew conversation club.
 
Over delicious borekas, pita and hummus, we got excited for Purim–describing our past celebrations in Israel and trading ideas about mishloah manot.
 

Ynet: American Jews teach Israeli kids English

Ynet: American Jews teach Israeli kids English

March 6, 2012

Young adults from US Jewish communities teach their mother tongue in Israeli schools while learning about State of Israel, strengthening bond between world Jews.
Petah Tikva's Yad Lebanim elementary school acts under the banner of excellence and courtesy and emphasizes these issues among its students. In addition, the school has chosen to break the language barrier by having native English speakers teach its students English.
 
These studies were made possible thanks to the Masa project, which brings young Americans to Israel to voluntarily teach English in schools across the country.
 
Some 70 young Americans have arrived in Israel for this purpose and will stay in the country for a year.
 
Masa is a joint project of the government and the Jewish Agency together with the Education Ministry.
 
According to Jewish Agency Deputy Chairman Rani Trainin, the Masa project brings thousands of young adults from Jewish communities to Israel for a period of voluntary work.
 
"Many Masa participants make a significant contribution to education in Israel by teaching English and other subjects, thereby helping increase the level of education in the country while strengthening the interrelation between Israeli youth and Diaspora youth and the partnership between the State of Israel and the world's Jewry."
 

Young Jews Enjoy an Expanded Israel Experience

Young Jews Enjoy an Expanded Israel Experience

Young Jews Enjoy an Expanded Israel Experience

February 22, 2012

As OTZMA kicks off its 27th year, young Jews seeking to join Jewish Federations’ premier Israel experience program can now embark on a five-month journey of leadership and service throughout the Jewish state.
This new OTZMA program will offer an additional experience to the signature 10-month OTZMA program, in which young Jewish adults, ages 20-30, can live in Israel, learn Hebrew and volunteer in small communities in partnership with their local Jewish Federations.
 
“By expanding our program options, OTZMA is able to provide a greater link between the North American Jewish community and Israel,” said Michele Sackheim Wein, chair of OTZMA. “We are excited to bring even more young Jews to Israel to enhance their leadership skills, explore their personal Jewish identities, travel the country and gain a deep understanding of Israel and the North American Jewish community.”
 
This year’s OTZMA program will also introduce new ways for young Jews to get involved in Jewish Federations. Participants will maintain a relationship with their Federation’s Young Adult Department (YAD) from their first interview to their return home, with extensive interaction in between. By helping to establish a connection between participants and their local YADs, OTZMA alumni will find a natural home within their Federation upon their return.
 
OTZMA participants will also visit programs and sites of Jewish Federation partner agencies, like the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and learn more about Federation’s work throughout Israel. OTZMA will offer optional internship programs for returning participants at their local Federations. 
 
“Our OTZMA participants return home with such a passion for Israel and a love for the Jewish people,” said Beth Mann, associate vice president of JFNA. “With these new ways of connecting to their communities, Jewish Federations have an unprecedented opportunity to harness that excitement by mentoring and developing these young leaders.”
 
OTZMA has been helping develop young leaders for years. Since its inception in 1986, more than 60 percent of alumni have served as professionals or volunteers in the Jewish community after returning home.
 
Plia Cohn is an OTZMA alumna who is now the Israel Engagement Coordinator at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. “I couldn’t have predicted the impact of my decision to participate on OTZMA, both personally and professionally,” she said. “Through the lens of OTZMA, the place of Israel within my Jewish identity was strengthened in a very special way. As a parent and a professional, I have a passion for Israel that I share with my family, colleagues and community, and that passion was sparked by my OTZMA experience.”
 
The program also develops a connection to Israel and the Jewish Federation world. Ninety-six percent of OTZMA alumni call themselves supporters of Israel, while nearly 60 percent have donated to Jewish Federation.
 
“OTZMA has long been a premier Israel service experience for young Jews seeking to enhance their leadership skills, but this year OTZMA participants will have even more opportunities to connect our community,” said Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of The Jewish Federations. “OTZMA is a vital part of our effort to engage the next generation, offering an incredible opportunity to actually see and feel the powerful impact of Jewish Federations."
 

Videos

Hear participants talk about their daily life, take a virtual tour of your favorite program, and watch your semester of year in Israel unfold in front of you

Israel Teaching Fellows - Ma'ase Olam