Melissa Groisman

Melissa Groisman

WUJS Israel
By age 30, Melissa Groisman had two advanced degrees and was on the path to becoming an established attorney at a Miami-based firm when she decided to take a sabbatical and head to Israel.  “I missed the long, meaningful Israel trips from my youth,” said Groisman.  “I wanted to volunteer in Israel and work on my Hebrew, and I had faith that it would be good for my career.”
 
Groisman said goodbye to the Latin Jewish community of Aventura and registered for Masa Israel’s WUJS Social Justice program, which provided Groisman with volunteer and travel opportunities, Hebrew classes, and housing in Jerusalem for six months.  Groisman, who had previously traveled to Israel with the Friends of the IDF’s Young Leadership, chose to volunteer at the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center.
 
“I knew I wanted to work with chayalim (soldiers), and I was happy to help them with everything they needed—dealing with Israeli bureaucracy, understanding their legal rights, finding furniture, and planning Shabbat dinners,” said Groisman.  She also became good friends with the mother of Michael Levin, an American-Israeli soldier who died in the Second Lebanon War, for whom the Center was named.
 
During her six months in Israel, Groisman’s Hebrew improved and she immersed herself in Jerusalem life.  “Living in Jerusalem was like living in the center of the universe.  It added a spiritual component to my journey and helped me figure out my next steps in my career and life,” said Groisman.
 
Soon after returning to Miami, Groisman changed her specialty and became an international trade lawyer, joining a firm where she often works with Israeli clients.  “My Masa experience gave me the opportunity to try something new—to step off the fast-track and reevaluate what I wanted for myself.  Removed from distractions, I had time for introspection,” said Groisman.  “Also, my new Hebrew language skills—in addition to my existing Spanish skills—were big selling points in the workplace.”
 
Back in Miami, Groisman soon met her future husband, whose father is Israeli.  She is currently an active board member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and serves as co-chair of the Young Attorneys Network.

Cornell Non Profit & Government Fair

Cornell Non Profit & Government Fair

February 23, 2012 - 13:00  -  February 23, 2012 - 17:00

Statler Hotel BallroomIthaca, NY  -  United States

Meet Masa Israel representatives and learn about post-college career development and service opportunities.
Cornell's 2012 Nonprofit and Government Career brings local, state, and national organizations to discuss full-time positions, volunteer roles, internships, and summer jobs. The event is open to Cornell and area college students who have a current student identification card; student registration is not required.

Syracuse University Nonprofit and Government Career Fair

Syracuse University Nonprofit and Government Career Fair

February 22, 2012 - 11:00  -  February 22, 2012 - 14:00

Panasci Lounge, Schine StudentSyracuse, NY  -  United States

Meet Masa Israel representative Zev Rose and learn about post-college career development opportunities in Israel.
This free event connects employers with students interested in pursing careers in nonprofit, government, education, health care, and more. Register now.

UC Davis Internship Fair and Career Fair

UC Davis Internship Fair and Career Fair

February 15, 2012 - 10:00  -  February 15, 2012 - 14:00

  Davis, CA  -  United States

Meet Danna Rubin, Masa Israel Northwest Regional Director, and learn about post-college opportunities in Israel.
The Internship & Career Fairs at UC Davis is open to UC Davis undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and alumni only. 
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Josh Zuckerman
2008-2009

Spend Next Year Volunteering in Israel with Yahel 9-month program for $1,000 (flight & housing included)

Spend Next Year Volunteering in Israel with Yahel 9-month program for $1,000 (flight & housing included)

February 1, 2012

Are you interested in making a difference in Israel? The Yahel Social Change Program gives Jewish young adults an unparalleled opportunity to live, learn and volunteer alongside Israelis in a predominantly Ethiopian Israeli neighborhood. 
Interested? Applications are now open for 2012 program September 2012 - June 2013. Our first deadline is April 1, 2012 (*preference will be given to early applicants) Click here to apply! 
 
Program Highlights
 
- Live as part of the local Ethiopian Israeli community and experience the community's culture, tradition and way of life
- Volunteer with a grassroots organization to learn first hand about social change and community empowerment, and contribute in a sustainable manner to these efforts through direct service  
- Grow professionally by teaching in the local schools, working with at-risk youth, working in community gardens and cultivating deep relationships with your peers and community members
- Explore the country and engage with Israeli social change initiatives through meetings with social entrepreneurs and policy makers
- Create and build a vibrant community that learns and works together, forming the basis for individual and mutual growth
 
Do all of this and more for only $1,000 (flight, housing and all program expenses included). Spots are limited so apply now! 
 
Want to know more? Contact Rachel Zieleniec, Yahel Social Change Program alumna and current Yahel Recruitment Associate, at Rachel@yahelisrael.com or 216-466-1764. 
 
 

Israel Teaching Fellows - Ma'ase Olam

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Program Description

Israel Teaching Fellows aims to close the achievement gap in Israel’s education system by placing English-speaking college graduates as English teacher’s aides in schools throughout Israel. The program begins with a month of training including Hebrew ulpan and pedagogical training. Following training, participants will live in small groups throughout Israel and will be placed in schools as English teacher’s aides.
 
Participants will teach for 25 hours per week in their school and will also choose or design a secondary volunteering project in the community in which they live. Successful applicants must have a college degree, have experience in formal or informal education, have previously demonstrated the ability to excel in a cross-cultural environment and be willing to be immerse themselves in Israeli culture.

Highlights

- Ma'ase Olam-ITF takes place in Rehovot (12 miles south of Tel Aviv), one of the central hubs of scientific and academic research in Israel and home to the famous Weizmann Institute and Faculty of Agriculture.
- With a population of 114,000, Rehovot offers a diverse mixture of students and faculty, new immigrants and disadvantaged communities, making it an ideal site for meaningful social work.
- Ma'ase has a long term professional relationship with the municipality of Rehovot, promising an effective and meaningful experience for Ma'ase Olam-ITF participants.‪‪
 
Ma'ase Olam-ITF is a challenging and unique program, suitable for those who wish to play an active role in shaping Israel's future generation while undergoing personal inquiry, study and development.
 
Israel Teaching Fellows is highly subsidized by Masa Israel Journey and the Israeli Ministry of Education, reducing the program fee to $1000, which includes your round-trip flight, health insurance, and a monthly stipend.
 

Israel Teaching Fellows - Israel Way

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Program Description

Israel Teaching Fellows aims to close the achievement gap in Israel’s education system by placing English-speaking college graduates as English teacher’s aides in schools throughout Israel. The program begins with a month of training including Hebrew ulpan and pedagogical training. Following training, participants will live in small groups throughout Israel and will be placed in schools as English teacher’s aides.
 
Participants will teach for 20 hours per week in their school and will also choose or design a secondary volunteering project in the community in which they live. Successful applicants must have a college degree, have experience in formal or informal education, have previously demonstrated the ability to excel in a cross-cultural environment and a be willing to be immerse themselves in Israeli culture.

Highlights

 
Ramle-Lod
Oranim's flagship volunteer program was first established in the city of Ramla-Lod five years ago. A mixed population town with Arab and Jewish Israelis living in co-existence, Ramla is your number one destination to make a deep impact and change the world through education. Once the capital city of Israel, Ramla is considered the hub of Israel, conveniently located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
 
Ashdod
Known to be Israels fifth largest city conveniently located on the Mediterranean coast, Ashdod has a population of over 200,000 people. Many of these people are immigrants from countries such as Morocco, Egypt, Romania, Georgia, Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, France and Argentina. Over 90% of Ashdod's population is Jewish. Participants will live a 5 minute walk to the beach as well as enjoy the close proximity to Tel Aviv!
 
Israel Teaching Fellows is highly subsidized by Masa Israel Journey and the Israeli Ministry of Education, reducing the program fee to $1000, which includes your round-trip flight, health insurance, and a monthly stipend.
 

For more information, contact:

USA:1-888-351-9897
Canada: 1-866-269-6889
International: +972-3-920-3999

 

 

Israel Teaching Fellows - Israel Experience

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Program Description

Israel Teaching Fellows aims to close the achievement gap in Israel’s education system by placing English-speaking college graduates as English teacher’s aides in schools throughout Israel. The program begins with a month of training including Hebrew ulpan and pedagogical training. Following training, participants will live in small groups throughout Israel and will be placed in schools as English teacher’s aides.
 
Participants will teach for 20 hours per week in their school and will also choose or design a secondary volunteering project in the community in which they live. Successful applicants must have a college degree, have experience in formal or informal education, have previously demonstrated the ability to excel in a cross-cultural environment and a be willing to be immerse themselves in Israeli culture.
 

Highlights

Our special ITF cities
 
Rishon LeZion
Only 10 miles south of Tel Aviv you will discover a vibrant and ever-growing community - the city of Rishon LeZion, lying on the beautiful shore line of the Mediterranean Sea. From its early days as the first settlement established by the new immigrants of the first Aliyah back in the late 1800s until our time, the city has rapidly grown to be the fourth largest city in Israel and a metropolitan center of the area. Rishon LeZion offers an urban life style with plenty of shopping centers, restaurants and bars, parks and of course the beach, while still maintaining a strong sense of community  with its special mix of different populations – sabras (native Isrelis), new immigrants from Ethiopia and Former Soviet Union and more.
ITF participants in Rishon LeZion will enjoy living in the center of town, in apartment buildings located no more than a short walking distance from one another, which are close to the central streets of the city offering great restaurants, cafes and shops, as well as convenient public transportation to Tel Aviv.

Petach Tikvah
The ultimate hands-on Israeli living experience awaits you in the city of Petach Tikvah, only 10 miles east of Tel Aviv. Petach Tikvah (“Opening of Hope” in Hebrew) has come a long way since its establishment as the first Jewish agricultural settlement in the center of Israel back in the 1870s, and has become the sixth largest city in the country. Today, Petach Tikvah is one of Israel’s leading business and technology centers, with world-known companies such as Intel and IBM setting their headquarters within the city. There are plenty of shopping centers, restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy around the city, and an excursion to Tel Aviv’s non-stop action is just a short bus ride away. The interesting thing about Petach Tikvah is that alongside these trends of development, the city has kept its simple and authentic, and very “salt of the earth” Israeli nature – with its fabulous open air shuk (market) that offers fresh goods and produce every day, amazing falafel and shawarma stands on the street corners and most importantly its warm people; the population of Petach Tikvah is very diverse and is comprised of Sabra Israelis, secular and religious, Sephardic and Ashenazi, and new immigrants from Ethiopia, Former Soviet Union, and more. If you want to truly immerse yourself in Israeli society and live like an Israeli – Petach Tikvah is the place for you!
 
Israel Teaching Fellows is highly subsidized by Masa Israel Journey and the Israeli Ministry of Education, reducing the program fee to $1000, which includes your round-trip flight, health insurance, and a monthly stipend.
 

For more information, contact:

Aviva Senser

+972-52-604-8405

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