My Gap Year Experience at BINA

<div class="masa-blog-title">My Gap Year Experience at BINA</div>

While typing this letter from the small balcony of the apartment I share with the other international members of BINA’s Gap Year Program and Israelis from BINA’s Mechina, I feel so swept up in living, studying, and working here that it’s difficult to distance myself from the experience enough to reflect upon it wisely.
After only

Hallelujah Auditions in Israel for Masa Participants

Hallelujah Auditions in Israel for Masa Participants

April 15, 2012 - 11:00  -  April 15, 2012 - 20:00

Beit HatfutsotTel Aviv, Israel  - 

Hallelujah has partnered with Masa to create a special audition date for all the Masa participants currently in Israel.
The Auditions will take place on April 15th, 2012 at the Diaspora Museum (Beit Hatfutsot), in the University of Tel Aviv, from 11am to 8pm. 
This is your chance to perform live on National TV and become a recognized singer! Register at
About Hallelujah
Hallelujah is a one-of-a kind global Hebrew singing contest for Jewish talent aged 18 to 30, which unites contestants from all over the world in Israel to explore their heritage, learn about the Israeli culture, language, and meet other young Jews their age while following their passion for music. All the contestants will immerse themselves in a once-in-a-lifetime experience and compete to become the next singing sensation! 30 participants are carefully selected to compete in Israel where they will rehearse for each performance, take on professional voice training, and tour the country. 
At the final contest, broadcast live on national television, 18 contestants will be chosen to perform together on stage, while the 12 finalists will separately perform their songs in front of the team of judges. The 2nd and 3rd place will receive a cash prize and the winner will receive offers for career advancement, the opportunity to perform in front of Jewish communities throughout the world, and a professional video clip recording which will be played on Israeli national radio and various radio stations around the globe!


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PresenTense at Masa BFL, in one word: "Awesome!"

<div class="masa-blog-title">PresenTense at Masa BFL, in one word: "Awesome!"</div>

By Simi Hinden of PresenTense
Yesterday, PresenTense had a blast teaching at the second Masa BFL (Building Future Leadership) Conference in Jerusalem.

Meet the Masa Alumni at TribeFest 2012!

<div class="masa-blog-title">Meet the Masa Alumni at TribeFest 2012!</div>

Next week, hundreds of Jewish young adults--including 40 Masa Israel alumni--will arrive in Las Vegas for JFNA's TribeFest.
Out of tons of applications, the 40 alumni throughout North America were chosen to receive subsidies for their Jewish communal passion and leadership qualities.

Building Future Leadership 2012

Building Future Leadership 2012

A Toast With Masa Israel Alumni at TribeFest

A Toast With Masa Israel Alumni at TribeFest

March 25, 2012 - 20:30  -  March 25, 2012 - 22:30

Venetian HotelLas Vegas, NV  - 

Kick off the TribeFest celebrations with a toast alongside other Masa Israel alumni.
Indulge in champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, meet other fabulous young professionals who are passionate about Israel, and find out what’s in store for the alumni community nationwide. Free for Masa Israel alumni!
Visit the Masa Israel booth at TribeFest to RSVP and get the event location.

TribeFest Session: Take on Israel - Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel Alumni

TribeFest Session: Take on Israel - Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel Alumni

March 27, 2012 - 09:30  -  March 27, 2012 - 10:30

Veronese 2502 - Venetian HotelLas Vegas, NV  - 

Take on Israel: Original Films and Photography by Masa Israel alumni will feature 3 - 4 young North Americans who’ve spent time living and working in Israel and the original films and photography they created during their immersion experience. 
See Israel through the eyes of these young adults as they experience living in Israel for the first time. Learn about their challenges, successes and the questions raised during their time in Israel - from issues of religion and state, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to everyday life, these authentic, personal views of Israel will present nuanced perspective and set the stage for open discussion.

New Jersey Jewish Standard: Meeting a teaching challenge: Jewish Americans spend ten months in Israel's toughest schools

New Jersey Jewish Standard: Meeting a teaching challenge: Jewish Americans spend ten months in Israel's toughest schools

March 9, 2012

Like the majority of 75 Israel Teaching Fellows, Samuel Azner of Hackensack discovered the Jewish homeland through a 10-day Birthright trip and wanted to return for a longer stay. 
Now he is more than halfway through a pilot 10-month service program conceived to provide English teachers in underprivileged communities. “My background is in criminal justice, and I worked with children in Toledo and Michigan, and then in an adult special-needs program in Wayne, where I grew up,” said the 25-year-old. “Then I found myself out of work, came to Israel, and found out about this program.”
Now he and 22 others are teaching 20 hours a week in Netanya, while the others are working at schools in Rehovot, Ramle-Lod, Rishon LeZion, and Petach Tikva. Each are paid just $1,000 to participate. Expenses are picked up by the sponsoring Israeli Ministry of Education and Masa Israel Journey.
Israel Teaching Fellows is the newest of Masa Israel’s many “immersive service opportunities that allow young adults to impact Israel in a sustainable way while having a genuine Israel and Jewish experience,” said the organization’s North American director, Avi Rubel. About 11,000 post-college students are in Israel this year participating in 16 Masa Israel service programs.

Israeli Body Language: A Guide

<div class="masa-blog-title">Israeli Body Language: A Guide</div>

Israelis are the masters of body language.  With the movement of a hand, the flick of the wrist, or the jutting of a chin they can communicate a whole series of complex emotions without saying a word. Pay attention to those hand gestures because science has proven there is more to body language than meets the eye.