The Eco-Israel Experience: A Hungarian Perspective

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My name is David, I’m 18 years old and from Budapest, Hungary. I take part in a program called Eco-Israel, which is a five-month program on a sustainable community farm near the city of Modi’in. We are a group of eight “Ecos”, living and volunteering together with the local young Israelis.

 

 

10 Tips for Blogging Your Israel Experience

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So you’re going to Israel for a 4-10 month Masa Israel program. You probably want to share your experiences with people or maybe your overbearing Jewish mother is nudging you. Either way, blogging is one of our favorite ways to shine a light on our impressive participants, like you!

 

 

Living on the Land: Vegan Tu B’Shvat Recipes from Eco-Israel

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Tu B’Shvat is the Jewish new year of the trees. In Israel people get together and celebrate by eating delicious foods made with the 7 species of the season.

 

Masa Israel's Eco-Israel prgram embraces this holiday every day of the year by living on and off-of the land. Participants learn permaculture and agriculture while living sustainably on an organic farm.

 

 

Top 10 Masa Israel Moments of 2015

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Wow! We can hardly believe 2015 is already coming to a close and we’re sure you’re all reminiscing on the year that has passed. Both in terms of achievements and experiences, here at Masa Israel we have had a pretty incredible 2015. Let’s look back on this year and recap our 10 best Masa Israel Moments!

 

1.Our 2015 AIPAC Policy Conference Delegation

 

C&G News: WB native teaches, and learns, in Israel

C&G News: WB native teaches, and learns, in Israel

C&G News: WB native teaches, and learns, in Israel

December 18, 2015

By Mike Koury

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Becca Garfinkel always wanted to be able to travel around the world.

Now, as part of a volunteer program, she gets to do that and help many young people in the city of Lod, Israel.

 

Garfinkel is in Lod as part of Masa Israel’s Yahel Social Change Program, which is a nine-month program that is part learning experience, part volunteer effort.

 

Through the program, Garfinkel has been teaching third- to eighth-graders English. Her students include Israelis, Russian immigrants, Ethiopian immigrants and more. She volunteers about 25 hours a week at a local school called G’nei Aviv, as well as helping community organizations.

 

Read the rest of Becca's story in C&G News!

Masa Israel Alumni Fellow of the Week: Grant Kudert

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A native of the Chicago area, Grant Kudert served as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya during the 2012-2013 school year.

 

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Applications Open for 2016 - 2017 School Year

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Applications Open for 2016 - 2017 School Year

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Applications Open for 2016 - 2017 School Year

December 15, 2015

An opportunity for aspiring educators and social workers to gain global experience and perspective while bridging the education gap in Israel.

New York, New York — December 9, 2015Masa Israel Journey, is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF) program. 

Next year, the fellowship will have more spaces available in its youth village track, which places Fellows in boarding schools for immigrant and at-risk youth. The program will also build upon its coexistence initiatives by expanding to the city of Nazareth and its surrounding communities in the lower Galilee, as well as placing Fellows in Arab schools in the mixed city of Lod.

 

The 10-month service-learning fellowship for high-achieving Jewish college graduates ages 21 to 30 allows young professionals to gain international teaching and social work experience in Israel. As most Israeli universities require high English proficiency for admission, knowledge of the English language is a key social mobility indicator in Israeli society. Fellows work in underserved elementary and middle school classrooms throughout Israel and support full time teachers in improving students’ English learning outcomes.

 

Since Fellows live in the areas where they work, these young professionals fully integrate into the Israeli communities they serve. Participants in the program live in Israel like real locals.

 

“The program leverages Israel’s strong history as context for a learning-centered experience, enabling young Jewish adults to explore their passion for education while making a real difference in narrowing Israel’s educational achievement gap in underserved communities,” said Liran Avisar, Chief Executive Officer of Masa Israel Journey.

 

“I give back my time because we’re here and it’s our job as members of society to try and give back as much as possible,” Corinne Gracyalny, 25, a current Fellow in Netanya explained. “If I can help my kids feel more confident speaking English, that’s what matters.”

 

Since its inaugural session in 2011-2012, 672 Jewish young adults from the United States, Canada, England, South Africa and Australia have served as Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. The Fellowship has expanded from five cities to thirteen cities across Israel including Ashdod, Be’er Sheva, Beit Shean, Migdal HaEmek, Nazareth, Netanya, Petach Tikvah, Rahat, Ramle, Lod, Rehovot, Rishon Lezion and Youth Villages.

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a competitive program with only 210 spots available for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Please visit http://israelteachingfellows.org/apply to apply and learn more.

 

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MITF is a joint initiative of the Israeli Ministry of Education, Masa Israel Journey, and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Masa Israel Journey is a project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel and is made possible through the generous contributions of the Jewish Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod-UIA.

 

Visit www.MasaIsrael.org for more information.

Media Contact: Jake Ciorciari, MWWPR

JCiorciari@mww.com, 646.376.7042  

This Hanukah, #BeTheLight

This Hanukah, #BeTheLight

December 2, 2015

Happy Hanukah from Masa Israel Journey!

 

Wherever your Masa Israel Journey takes you, #BeTheLight.

 

Whether you're a current participant or an alum, we want to know how you bring light to the world. Share your Israel story with the hashtag #BeTheLight and you could be featured on the Masa Israel blog!

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