Posted November 30th, 2010
By Rachel Zieleniec, Yahel Social Change Program
The Yahel program sits on a few guiding principles: humility, collaboration, cross-culture, empowerment and sustainability.
Although these might seem like they are just “buzz words” – this program is truly unique in the fact that we are making each one of these principles come to life throughout our work in Gedera. This program isn’t a typical American-l
Posted November 29th, 2010
By Nikki Avershal, OTZMA, Philadelphia, PA
OTZMA is more than Americans volunteering in Israel.
Posted November 23rd, 2010
By Cara Frazin, Masa Israel Campus Intern, University of Illinois at Chicago
On September 15, 2010, I had the rare opportunity to meet Natan Sharansky before the annual Jewish Federation Annual Meeting Luncheon where he was the main speaker.
As an active participant with the Levine Hillel at the University of Illinois at Chicago and as the Masa Israel intern for my campus, I spend a lot of time educating people about Israel and promoting Israel advocacy. When I was invited by The Hillels o
Posted November 17th, 2010
By Lauren Zink, Otzma, Berkshires
This time last year I was just beginning my senior year of college at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Like every student getting ready to graduate, I was thinking ahead to what I was going to do after I received my degree in public relations and marketing.
I thought about choosing the more typical path and looking for a job. But I knew in my heart that this was not the path I wanted to take yet. Ever since I was little I had wanted to carve out some time in my life to volunteer, and I wanted that volunteer work to be done in Israel.
Growing up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts I had attended Hebrew School until I was 18. I was also an active member of United Synagogue Youth (USY). One summer I participated in USY on Wheels, a six-and-a-half week cross-country journey with other Jewish young adults. It was this trip, along with Birthright, which made me realize how much I love being in an environment with Jewish peers, learning and sharing new experiences.
Photo Essay: MK Shlomo Molla visits Yahel Social Change Program ">Photo Essay: MK Shlomo Molla visits Yahel Social Change Program
Posted November 12th, 2010
Last week, Minister of Knesset Shlomo Molla visited the Yahel Social Change Program in Gedera.
Posted November 10th, 2010
Before winter hit, the Masa Israel North American team decided to have a Yom Kef (staff day). Being part of an Israeli organization, we did what any Israelis would do—a hiking trip! We woke up early and headed up to Bear Mountain.
After scaling the rocks, we stopped for a break.
Of course, no staff day would be complete without a snack and a call to our Israel office.
Halfway through the hike, are we having fun yet?
We made it to the top—what a view!
Now, if only we knew how to get back. Trail markers aren’t as good as they are in Israel…
We had a great Yom Kef, spending time outside the office and enjoying the tail end of fall.
Now back to work getting more people on Israel programs!
Posted November 2nd, 2010
Posted November 1st, 2010
By Rebecca Stern, Australia, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa
My name is Rebecca Stern and I recently participated in Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, a volunteer program which helps underprivileged populations in South Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Under the auspices of this program, I volunteered in four community organisations, the African Refugee Development Centre, Mesila Aid and Information Centre, Shapira Community Centre and Holland Centre.
Masa Israel recognizes that spending five to 12 months interning, volunteering or studying abroad is a big commitment. Before you select your program and apply for a Masa Israel grant, it’s important that you learn as much as you can about where you’re going and what to expect – both before you go and after you return.
Talk to an alum to get a feel for how unique each person’s Israel experience can be. Learn more.
Posted October 15th, 2010
Now that the chagim are over, you’ve finally started a regular schedule, whether it’s studying, interning, or volunteering (or a combination of those). But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of your weekends and explore Israel!
Supplement your program’s siyyurim with your own—as any Israeli will tell you, there is no better way to get to know the country than to go out and explore it yourself.