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The safety and security of Masa Israel Journey program participants, staff and partners is our top priority.Masa Israel Journey maintains strict standards for safety and security on all program sponsored activities.

As a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa Israel programs receive updated information regarding safety and security regularly and are able to respond to official recommendations. Our staff is in touch with every Masa Israel program to ensure information is shared effectively and to assist as needed.

If you have questions regarding safety and security, please contact us on Facebook at facebook.com/masaisrael, on Twitter at @masaisrael or speak with our helpdesk at 1.866.864.3279 or masainfo@masaisrael.org.

What kind of currency do I need in Israel?">What kind of currency do I need in Israel?

Israeli currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). If you want to acquire shekels prior to your arrival in Israel, ask your bank if they can order some for you. Alternatively, ATM machines are widely available at the airport and throughout Israel. The best option is to change your money at one of the many exchange points in every major city, which do not charge a fee for exchange.

Are there any special requirements for entering/exiting Israel?">Are there any special requirements for entering/exiting Israel?

In order to enter Israel, your passport must be valid for six months from the date of entry and throughout your stay. 
 
Every Masa Israel participant can (and is strongly advised to) approach his/her local Consulate General of Israel or the Embassy of Israel prior to beginning a Masa Israel program to request a special Masa Israel visa. The Masa Israel visa is an A2 visa – a multiple-entry student visa (making it possible to leave Israel for a vacation and be able to return without needing a new visa).
 
In order to obtain a Masa Israel Visa, you must visit a consulate or embassy with the following:
  1. The form you received from Masa Israel (PDF file) confirming your grant and/or scholarship amount
  2. A letter from the organizer of your program validating your acceptance to the program
  3. A valid passport
 
The consulate has final jurisdiction with regards to granting a visa, should it have prior intelligence or concerns about a participant
 
Should you encounter a problem when requesting the visa at consulate, an internal letter from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be provided to clarify the procedures. If there is still a problem, please contact masainfo@masaisrael.org.
 
Please Note: The Masa Israel Visa does not entitle you to work in Israel and is only valid for a maximum of one-year stay in Israel.
Masa Israel Journey offers unique opportunities for you to volunteer in communities throughout Israel. Through our partnerships with grassroots and community-based organizations, you can affect change in some of Israel’s most vulnerable populations.
 
Masa Israel’s volunteer programs focus on building strong communities, ensuring the success of at-risk youth, encouraging collaboration and coexistence between local Arab and Jewish populations, teaching English as a foreign language and more.
 
All of Masa Israel’s volunteer programs draw on the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and are guided by the principals of social responsibility and social justice. As a Masa Israel volunteer, you can integrate service with the exploration of Jewish values as you work to create a more just society.
 
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Bnei Akiva - MTA

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Program Description

On MTA, you’ll have a year of learning Torah in some of the best institutions that Israel has to offer. During the times when you are not at Yeshiva or Midrasha, we’ll provide a full schedule of activities letting you really live and feel the pulse of the Land of Israel. Various volunteer options, together with seminars about current Jewish and Israeli issues, will complement the educational goals of MTA.
 

For more information, contact:

Michael Rainsbury
 
 
 +972-526000169
  • Main Subject: Jewish Studies, Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Intensive Hebrew Language, Israel/Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies 
  • Duration:
  • 11 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • English 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Orthodox 
  • Organizer:
  • Bnei Akiva 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Bnei Akiva - MTA 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • January 25,2018 - December 30,2018, JERUSALEM, $25500   Apply to this program

Bnei Akiva - Lehava

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Program Description

Lehava is an uplifting, inspiring, and empowering year in Israel with Bnei Akiva. You'll learn new skills, hone old ones, develop your Jewish identity and adapt to new environments - all while enjoying the group experience.
 
The programme includes time at our leadership institute, a Jewish studies segment, and volunteering on Kibbutz, as well as Magen David Adom and Marva army experience. Lehava is all about learning and giving. It's a year for yourself, but also a chance to contribute to society around you.
  • Main Subject: Experiential Programs, Ulpan Hebrew Language Studies, Youth Movement Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Education, Intensive Hebrew Language, Israel/Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Studies, Social Action / Volunteering 
  • Duration:
  • 9 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • Hebrew, English 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Orthodox 
  • Organizer:
  • Bnei Akiva 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Bnei Akiva - Lehava 
  • Price:
  • $ 21500 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • September 05,2017 - June 05,2018  Apply to this program

Bnei Akiva - Amichai

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Program Description

Bnei Akiva Amichai Amlat is an experiential program which combines a leadership, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, work in a Kibbutz, and Army/MDA experience. The program is meant for young Jewish boys and girls who are looking for a Jewish traditional program.

  • Main Subject: Ulpan Hebrew Language Studies, Youth Movement Studies, Jewish Studies
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  • Keywords:
  • Education, Jewish Studies, Kibbutz, Pre-Aliyah, Social Action / Volunteering, Spirituality 
  • Duration:
  • 10 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • Portuguese, Spanish 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Orthodox 
  • Organizer:
  • Bnei Akiva 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Bnei Akiva - Amichai 
  • Price:
  • $ 17000 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • August 17,2017 - June 16,2018  Apply to this program

Tzofim - Shnat Sherut Tzabar

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Program Description

Want to spend a year working with teens and children in development towns, boarding schools, or community centers in Israel before enrolling in college? On Tzofim Shnat Sherut, you will lead an authentic Israeli life, speak Hebrew, serve the community, and live with Israelis your age.
 
As a participant, you will live as a group in communes with the rest of the Tzofim Shnat Sherut participants from Israel. Participants must be fluent in Hebrew, have prior experience working with children and youth, and have visited or lived in Israel for an extended period of time. Participants from North America interested in joining the program will need to attend pre-preparation seminars in the United States.
  • Main Subject: Volunteer Programs, Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Intensive Hebrew Language, Pre-Aliyah, Social Action / Volunteering 
  • Duration:
  • 12.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 17-23 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • Hebrew 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Unaffiliated 
  • Organizer:
  • Tzofim Tzabar Olami 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Tzofim - Shnat Sherut Tzabar 
  • Price:
  • $ 10500 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • August 09,2017 - August 28,2018  Apply to this program

Bnei Akiva - Amlat

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Program Description

Amlat is combines leadership, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, work on a Kibbutz, an Army/MDA experience and more. The program is meant for young Jewish boys and girls from South America who are looking for a Jewish traditional program. 
 
The program includes trips all over the country, meeting with Israelis and other young people from all over the world, volunteering, celebrating Shabbat and Holidays together, leadership seminar and more. Participants will be staying in a variety of locations including youth hostels, a kibbutz and a yeshiva and receive full board.
  • Main Subject: Experiential Programs, Youth Movement Studies, Jewish Studies, Gap Year (Programs)
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  • Keywords:
  • Education, Jewish Studies, Kibbutz, Pre-Aliyah, Social Action / Volunteering, Spirituality 
  • Duration:
  • 10, 10.5 Months 
  • Age:
  • 16-30 
  • Open to:
  • Co-Ed 
  • Language:
  • Portuguese, Spanish 
  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Orthodox 
  • Organizer:
  • Bnei Akiva 
  • Program appears on grant application as:
  • Bnei Akiva - Amlat 
  • Accommodation:
  • Included 
  • Meals:
  • Included 
  • Program Dates:
  • February 06,2018 - December 11,2018, JERUSALEM, $17000   Apply to this program