Hanoar Hatzioni - Shnat Hachshara

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Program Description

This program is conducted in Spanish.
 

Yahel Social Change

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Program Description

The Yahel Social Change Program combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and immersion in local Ethiopian - Israeli communities in Gedera and Rishon L'Tzion. Yahel partners with Friends by Nature, an Israeli grassroots organization concentrating in the fields of community empowerment and education in Ethiopian communities.
 
As a participant you will have the opportunity to work in local schools, youth centers and community gardens. You will engage in a model of social change that emphasizes building vibrant communities to form the basis for individual and mutual growth. 
 

For more information, contact:

Samantha Sisisky
Recruitment Associate
(p): 972-(0)58-793-5773
samantha@yahelisrael.com
 
The Yahel Social Change Program is highly subsidized, reducing the program fee to as little as $1000 for eligible participants, which includes coverage of your round-trip flight.

 

 

Maccabi Bekeff

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Program Description

Bekeff  is a customizable program offered by Maccabi World Union, allowing you to choose which phases to join, when to do them and for how long. The modules offered within each phase include Kibbutz life, Eilat diving course, Marva (army basic training simulation), MDA (ambulance volunteering), social work in Tel Aviv, ulpan and more.
 
Maccabi World Union is a Jewish and Zionist Movement providing extensive sports, educational, social and cultural activities based on the centrality of Israel in modern Jewish life.  Led by democratically-elected officials at all levels, Maccabi is open to Jews of all affiliations and is a general Zionist Union with no allegiance to any political Party viewpoint. Active in Jewish Communities worldwide - more than 450,000 Jews in 400 institutions of 65 countries in 5 Continents, Maccabi is organized through territorial and regional organizations.
 
Maccabi programs are offered internationally. The youngsters and young adults who participate in our programs come from all over the world - from Australia to Mexico, Great Britain to Argentina, USA to South Africa, and Canada to Brazil.
 

IBC - Israel By Choice

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Program Description

Israel By Choice is a 5 or 10 month program for high school graduates who are not involved in youth movements from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa who want to spend a creative gap year in Israel exploring the land, the people and their Jewish identity.
 
Participants explore their own boundaries and interests through the choices they make throughout the program and form relationships with Israeli students. As a non-affiliated program, IBC allows participants from all Jewish backgrounds to learn from each other and to learn from and about  all different aspects of Israeli society.
 

For more information, please contact:

Helen Lewitan
IBC Representative Australia and New Zealand

hlewitan.ibc@gmail.com
0412469626

 

 

Maccabi - Bekeff Hajshara

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Program Description

Bekeff Hajshara is a customizable program allowing you to choose which modules to join, when to do them and for how long. The modules offered include kibbutz life, Eilat diving course, Marva (army basic training simulation), MDA (ambulance volunteering), social work in Tel Aviv, ulpan and more.
 
You can join the program at the beginning of any of the modules and complete the program in the completion of any of the module periods. 
 
Operated in Spanish
 

Israel Way Community Involvement

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Program Description

Israel Way Community Involvement program offers you the opportunity to spend five months immersed in Israeli society as a functioning member of the community. Focused in Israel's underserved communities, Community Involvement allows you to create your own meaningful volunteer experience or choose from an existing volunteer opportunity in the community.
 
You will be exposed to life in Israel by living among its citizens, volunteering in Israel and working together with your peers as you strengthen your ties with the country and its people.
 

For more information, contact:

USA: 1-888-351-9897
Canada: 1866-269-6889
International: +972-3-920-3999

 

Israel Trip Alums To Get New Outreach

Israel Trip Alums To Get New Outreach

September 27, 2011

Dina Silberstein, 28, never knew how to make a place for herself in the Jewish community, or even why she would want to.
Yet last Sunday she found herself scribbling her signature all over a sign-up sheet, signaling her interest in not one community organization, but five.
 
Two trips to Israel — one with Taglit-Birthright and the other with Masa — made the difference, Silberstein said, motivating her to give up a gorgeous autumn afternoon and attend the launch of the alumni division of Masa, the umbrella organization for some 160 Israel programs of five months or longer duration.
 
With the jury still out on whether outreach to alumni of Israel programs actually works, both organizations are embarking on new, or renewed, efforts to connect participants like Silberstein to the broader Jewish community.
 
“Birthright and Masa are a powerful injection of Judaism and Israel, and if we don’t create ways for alumni to express their passion, and their interest in being leaders, then we’re not really leveraging the investment we made in them,” said Avi Rubel, Masa’s director of North American operations.
 

Masa alumni channeled to Jewish activism

Masa alumni channeled to Jewish activism

September 25, 2011

With 11,000 participants this year, Masa Israel Journey opens new alumni division aimed at pipelining Jewish young adults into leadership positions in their communities, empowering them to become lifelong advocates for Israel
With 11,000 participants this year – up from 3,000 in its inception year in 2004 – Masa Israel Journey has opened a new alumni division, and it has placed regional representatives in cities throughout the United States in partnership with local Federations.
 
The alumni division's goals, which include a special focus on Birthright alumni, who make up 56% of post-college participants, are to pipeline these Jewish young adults into leadership positions in their communities and empower them to become lifelong advocates and activists for Israel.
 
These goals were created following a June 2011 survey of Masa Israel alumni in which 86% of those surveyed expressed interest in attending Jewish and Israel-related events, 82% in advocating for Israel, 81% in volunteering in a Jewish organization, and 59% in working in a Jewish organization.
 
To kick off the division's initiatives, Masa Israel is hosting an alumni leadership summit on Sunday in New York City, which will educate alumni about making their Israel experiences foundations for success in their personal and professional lives.
 
The event will feature a panel of professionally accomplished alumni who will speak about how their Israel experiences helped them launch careers at diverse companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Teach for America, American Jewish Committee, and the New York Post.
 

Celebrate like a local: festivals during Sukkot 2011

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Growing up, you might have celebrated Sukkot by going to your family, friends’, or synagogue’s sukkah, shaking the lulav and etrog, and eating outside under the stars. But if you are spending this Sukkot in Israel, there’s no reason to stay confined to your backyard—use the whole country as your sukkah!
 

Seven unique ways to spend the chagim in Israel

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Every time we ask alumni of Masa Israel programs what the best part of their semester or year was in Israel, the same things are repeated over and over: freedom to explore Israel on their own, Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) and the other national holidays in the spring, and thechagim—the High Holidays.
 
It’s no wonder.