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

 

Israel Teaching Fellows - Israel Pathways

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Program Description

Spend ten months teaching English in Israel alongside a select group of young adults working hand in hand with Israeli youth. Israel Pathways offers teaching fellowships in Netanya, a beachside community on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast, Be'er Sheva, the heart of Israel's Negev Desert with a vibrant young adult population, or Beit She'an, located in the scenic Galilee.
 
ITF participants serve as hands-on educators in classrooms and in small group settings. As Fellows in a public school system, you are not just there to teach, but serve as leaders in making your community a better to place to live, learn, play, and grow.
 
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:

Yael Silverman
(p):013 219 7850
 

Kibbutz Ulpan

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Program Description

Want to learn Hebrew while living and working on a kibbutz and taking part in its rich and unique culture? Kibbutz Ulpan is one of the most affordable long-term programs in Israel and offers programs at different kibbutzim throughout the year.
 
Participating in a Kibbutz Ulpan is a time-honored tradition that visitors from all over the world have experienced for more than six decades. Today it is an ideal choice for anyone looking to spend some time away from home to become part of a type of community that only exists in Israel.

Program Dates listed below may not be up to date. We strongly recommend that prospective participant carefully review the Kibbutz Ulpan website and contact the Kibbutz Program Center before making a final decision on the program that they would like to attend. Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu is a Modern Orthodox kibbutz and is suitable for observant participants.
 

North Americans: for more information, contact:

Lauren Carel
(212) 462.2764
 

Habonim Dror Workshop

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Program Description

Israel's longest running gap year, Habonim Dror’s Workshop focuses on collective education and dialogue meant to develop your Jewish leadership. As a participant in Workshop, you will actively contribute to the building of peace and social justice in Israel through community volunteerism. You will live collectively in kvutzot (small groups) and travel the country while learning about the diverse history of Israel, the Israeli people, and the Hebrew language.
 
During the first half of the year, you will focus on learning important life skills; you will spend the second half using them in a variety of volunteer placements with Israeli youth. In addition, Workshop offers you the opportunity to visit important historical sites in Poland, witnessing the Holocaust and learning about the role of youth movements in its history.

Masa Alumni Tikkun Olam Committee Brings Family History to Life

Masa Alumni Tikkun Olam Committee Brings Family History to Life

Masa Alumni Tikkun Olam Committee Brings Family History to Life

January 26, 2012

Earlier this year, 15 Masa alumni took part in 3GNY‘s We Educate, a three-part course to  train them to teach their grandparents’ Holocaust experiences in NYC public schools.
After three sessions, the alumni created an event to showcase their work to the Jewish community and spread awareness of the program.
 
On January 25, 40 individuals, Masa alumni and other community members, gathered in Hummus Place in the East Village to hear their peers’ family histories over hummus and pita. Masa alumna Yael Friedman shared her grandparents’ tale of survival, which she only learned because the course gave her the impetus to ask.  Following her experience interning at Yad Vashem through Masa Israel’s Career Israel, Yael registered for the course. 
 
“Masa alumni return from Israel with the passion to make a difference in their communities,” said Rachel Sales, Masa Israel’s Director of Alumni.  ”We Educate provided alumni with tools and training to make a tangible impact.”
 
To get involved in the Masa Israel Tikkun Olam Committee, please contact Rachel Sales at racheltr@masaisrael.org.

Nine Masa Israel Alumni Accepted into Leadership Positions at Local Jewish Federations across North America

Nine Masa Israel Alumni Accepted into Leadership Positions at Local Jewish Federations across North America

January 26, 2012

Launched in Fall 2011, the Masa Israel Federation Fellows program gives exceptional alumni a taste of lay leadership at their Jewish Federations following immersive academic, internship and service programs in Israel. 
Following a competitive application process, Masa Israel Federation Fellows serve as ad-hoc members of Israel-related committee meetings, plan events for Masa Israel alumni at their local Federation and receive a mentor in their communities. They will also attend JFNA’s TribeFest.
 
We applaud these extraordinary alumni in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Orange County! Read more about the alumni below:
 
Masa Ambassadors at The Jewish Community Federation, San Francisco
 
Meirav Honigman, Career Israel alumna, earned her B.A. from Colorado College.  She currently works at the Haas School of Business as an event coordinator.
 
“Going to Israel for an extended stay had always been a dream of mine. Masa Israel’s extensive list of programs and resources helped me tailor the experience into an incredible personal journey.  I am so thankful to Masa and look forward to assuming the Ambassadorship position.  My new role will allow me to work to foster a better connection between Israel and the Bay Area Jewish community.”
 
Allison Siegel, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa alumna, earned her B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
 
“For me, Masa was a game changer.  Living in Israel, surrounded by an amazing community of like-minded people I was able to find happiness, passion and a direction.  Through the Masa Ambassadorship program I hope to share my experiences with others and encourage them to find that same community, whether that’s in Israel or San Francisco.”
 
Masa Israel Federation Fellows at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation
 
Elana Weil, University of Haifa OSP alumna, earned her B.A. from the Honors College of the University of Arizona.  She is a Research Assistant at Judge Baker Children’s Center, Harvard Medical School.
 
“My experiences studying at Haifa University, volunteering as an English tutor for Ethiopian Israeli students, and learning how to effectively advocate for Israel through the BFL program, were sources of invaluable education and leadership development.  These opportunities, enabled by Masa Israel, have significantly shaped my Jewish identity and role as a leader. I applied to the Masa Federation Fellows program because I wanted to become an active contributor to my new Jewish community in Boston.  It gives me a deep sense of satisfaction to work to increase Jewish young adults’ passion and involvement in their community and in Israel.”
 
Matthew Molberger, Kibbutz Ulpan alumnus, earned his B.A. from Connecticut College.  He currently works in consulting.
 
“I am relatively new to the Boston area and am looking to take an active role in the city’s Jewish community.  As a Masa program alumnus, the Fellows Program would allow me to give back to Masa. I am very grateful for my experience and would like to serve as a resource for potential Masa program participants.”
 
Masa Israel Federation Fellow at  the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County
 
Bethany Spielberg, Oranim Tel Aviv Internship alumna, earned her B.S. from California State University, Fullerton.  She is currently a graduate student at CSU Fullerton, where she is pursuing an M.A. in education.
 
“Upon graduation, I spent five months volunteering in Tel Aviv through Masa Israel. After this experience I recognized how important it was to surround myself with young, ambitious Jews, and sought out different Jewish groups in my area. Masa served as the link to strengthen my ties with Judaism in a vibrant and robust way. The opportunity to meet Jews from all over the world in a foreign country allowed us to explore Judaism through developing close relationships and participating in new experiences.  Combining this opportunity with the ability to give back to Israel was priceless and memorable. The Masa Federation Fellows experience will improve my leadership qualities, strengthen my connections and the Jewish community, and provide a beneficial way to give back to my Jewish community.
 
Masa Israel Federation Fellows at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
 
Brett Goldman, IDC Herzliya graduate program alumnus, earned his B.A. from Farleigh Dickinson.  He is currently the political director of Nova-Comm Strategy Group, LLC.
 
“I think that the Masa Federation Fellows program will allow for new insight to be gained about the needs of Masa alumni in the context of the Jewish Federation.”
 
Arielle Tepper, Career Israel alumna, earned her B.A. from the University of Miami.  She currently works at Reform Congregation Kneseth Israel.
 
"Masa was a great resource to use when I was looking for a gap program between my undergraduate and graduate studies. It provided me with a variety of options, most of which I heard about through fellows at various events. As a Masa Israel Federation Fellow, I would be able to spread the word about the various opportunities available outside of my job. I believe every Jew should have the opportunity at some point in their lives to spend time living or traveling around Israel and this fellowship would help me get the word out to more than just my local community."
 
Masa Israel Observership Program at the UJA-Federation of New York
 
Annie Lascoe, OTZMA alumna, earned her B.A. from Washington University of St. Louis.  She is currently a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.
 
“After spending a year on a Masa Israel program, I knew that I would need to put energy into maintaining my sense of connection to Israel and to am yisrael–but I was unsure how to proceed. It wasn’t until a year after my return from my Masa program, when I was leading a Birthright trip, that I realized that I needed to simultaneously act as an emissary for Masa programs and an agent for change within my local Jewish community in order to realize this vision for my Jewish future. Miraculously, I received an email about the Masa Israel/UJA-Federation Observership program within days of this realization; and I knew that in order to begin my Jewish journey as an active Masa alum in NYC, the opportunity to learn firsthand what it means to be a lay leader in the Jewish community and how I can influence Israel programming would be an invaluable experience. I am honored to be part of this program”
 
Daniel Cohen, Career Israel alumnus, earned his B.A. from Brandeis University.  He currently works at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
 
“I chose to do Career Israel because it provided the ideal way to acquire additional work experience while working abroad, meet Jews from all over the world and explore Israel. When I received the email about the Observership program, I jumped at the opportunity to help educate other Masa Israel alumni about the services that UJA-Federation provides for the community.”

Project Otzma returnee radiates enthusiasm

Project Otzma returnee radiates enthusiasm

Project Otzma returnee radiates enthusiasm

January 25, 2012

Excited as she prepared for Project Otzma, Arielle Waite, back from Israel for about a month when she dropped into the Voice office, was even more enthused upon her recent return.
“I saw so much, I did so much, I learned so much … there were so many coincidences,” said the tall, animated young woman, talking almost non-stop about her Otzma experience.
 
The biggest coincidence?
 
Her first time in Israel was in June 2006 as part of a Birthright contingent. “We went on the March of the Living, and I had just left Poland and arrived in Israel when Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas. … What a terrible day.” Back in Israel for the first time since that trip, she was also in Israel on Oct. 18, 2011 the day that the young Israeli soldier, released from captivity in Gaza, returned home.
 
“It was unbelievable,” Waite said. “That entire day of Shalit’s return all of Israel focused on him — his experiences in captivity and his arrival back home…We refused to think of the prisoners released to Hamas for his freedom until the day after.”
 
Project Otzma brings 20-25- year-old Diaspora Jews to Israel for approximately a year of intense service and leadership training under the aegis of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Waite, whose mother Lynn Waite lives in Marlton, was selected as an “Otzmanik” by the Department of Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey following a series of interviews. The South Jersey Federation also helped to subsidize her participation in the program.
 

Top-Notch College Grads Forgo US Job Search to Teach in Israel

Top-Notch College Grads Forgo US Job Search to Teach in Israel

January 24, 2012

Following a successful pilot year that placed 68 North American young adults as volunteer teachers’ aides in Israeli public schools, Masa Israel Journey has opened 200 spots for next year’s Israel Teaching Fellows (ITF) program.
Launched by Israel’s Ministry of Education and Masa Israel Journey, ITF was created to address the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income communities. Masa Israel Journey is a joint project of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Government of Israel, which runs service, internship and academic programs in Israel.
 
With the US’s lingering economic challenges, ITF has seen a surge in applications from high caliber recent college graduates who are forgoing the job search for meaningful service opportunities abroad.
 
Following a two-year stint in healthcare, Harvard graduate Julia Kingsdale left Boston to teach in Israel’s periphery. “There’s something sort of spontaneous, albeit chaotic, about Israel,” said Kingsdale. “Teaching in Israel requires a mindset shift where you can’t intensely plan every detail; you need to focus on the situation at hand, which is something I find really refreshing.”
 
For Teach for America alumnus Chris Harty, who taught in Southern Louisiana, the Israeli classroom experience has expanded his professional insights. “I came to Israel because I wanted to see how a different education system works,” said Harty. “I’ve learned that in Israel, students can run through the hallways and still show up to class on time and ready to learn.”
 
In addition to teaching for 20 hours a week, Teaching Fellows receive ongoing pedagogical support, enroll in Hebrew courses, live alongside peers in their communities, and develop secondary volunteer programs.
 
After teaching John Lennon’s “Imagine” to his class, Emory-graduate Brian Levenson volunteered to prepare a few of his students to sing it at their school-wide talent show. Kingsdale, who now wants to pursue a career in teaching, is launching an after-school reading program.
 
“Today one of my students, who could barely identify English letters at the beginning of the year, matched colors with their English words,” said Levenson. “It feels good to make a difference.”
 
For more information about Israel Teaching Fellows, visit: www.israelteachingfellows.org. To speak with an Israel Teaching Fellow from your community, contact Masa Israel’s North American Director of Public Relations Rachel Trager Sales at (212) 339-6048, (917) 371-5569 or racheltr@masaisrael.org.
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