Introducing the Masa Israel Alumni Fellows

Introducing the Masa Israel Alumni Fellows

October 21, 2014

The Masa Alumni Fellowship is comprised of two alumni board members from four chosen communities (NYC, DC, Miami and California) to take their involvement in the Jewish community to the next level.

This exclusive opportunity will provide training on how to promote Masa Israel and put the fellows to work at two high profile events during the year—the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly and AIPAC Policy Conference. After taking what they learn from these trainings and experiences back home, the fellows will work with their local Masa Israel Regional staff members to represent Masa Israel at recruitment events in their communities. Additionally, over the course of the year it is each fellow’s responsibility to come up with their own impact project—a local initiative to increase local Masa Israel numbers and/or alumni involvement.


Meet the fellows below:


Josh Neuman is excited to be a Masa Israel Alumni Fellow in San Francisco. After studying Political Science at Penn State University, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in Israel—spending almost a year teaching English as a Masa Israel teaching Fellow in Be’er Sheva. After five years away, the Bay Area native returned to his roots, driven to provide meaningful and accessible Jewish experiences for young professionals and teens. In his free time, Josh enjoys cycling, reading, and teaching Hebrew school.

 

Linor Elya is originally from Israel. She moved to the states at a very young age and was always involved in Jewish programs and youth groups. She was the president of NCSY throughout high school as well as the president of Jewish life. She earned her BA in Marketing and an MA in Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University. In 2009-2010 she studied at Haifa University for a year through Masa Israel. She volunteered teaching English to Ethiopian Jewish immigrants and spent much of her time working with Arab and Israeli children together to take a step closer to a peaceful country. While studying through Masa, she was part the Haifa University Women basketball League which came in second place throughout Israel (AS”A). Linor now lives in Miami where she is volunteering in the Jewish federation and community as a whole. She co-chaired the “Bubby on Wheels” Fundraiser and is an active member of K-Space Miami and Masa Alumni.

 

Tami Wolf is originally from the Jersey shore and has lived in DC since returning from Israel. Tami was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Netanya in 2011-2012 and is currently the co-chair of DC’s Masa Israel Alumni Board. Inspired by her year in Israel, Tami accepted the position of Director of EntryPointDC, the DC Jewish Community Center’s programming for young professionals, and also serves as the Coordinator for Jewish Life. She completed her undergraduate and masters degrees at American University in DC in American history and public history.

 

Terissa Schor is co-chair of the Masa Israel New York Alumni Board. She is a 2010 alumna of Livnot Lehibanot, where she volunteered in archaeological digs, park clean ups, soup kitchens, local schools and senior centers. Terissa graduated from American University in Washington, DC and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at Baruch College. When not planning the latest Masa alumni events, she enjoys researching family history and staffing Birthright Israel trips.

 

Born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, Debbie Stone began her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and earned her degree at Fiarfield University, graduating cum laude with a BA in History and a minor in Religious Studies. Post college, she worked in finance at a hedge fund in Greenwich, Connecticut. Debbie then changed her career path to follow her passion for education. She earned a graduate degree in Secondary History Education with a Master of Arts in Teaching. To continue on the path of education, in 2013-2014, Debbie moved to Israel where she volunteered and taught English to underprivileged students in Netanay as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow. While in Israel, Debbie was selected to take part in the Masa-Hillel Fellowship, which led her to join the team at the Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at University of Virginia as assistant director. In her spare time, you can find Debbie staying active by traveling, cycling, running, and skiing.

 

After 10 phenomenal months as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Netanya, teaching English to under-privileged children, Seth Reder has begun a new journey as the Director of Jewish Student Life at the University of Central Florida Hillel. Participating in a Masa Israel program not only had a meaningful impact on Seth's everyday life, but also helped prepare him for a new career and path as a Hillel professional. Prior to embarking on his Israel journey, Seth worked as an Area Director for the Department of Housing and Residential Life at the University of Miami for three years, where he oversaw the daily operations of a first-year residential college consisting of over 900 students. Seth earned his Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California, and loves learning, teaching, and supporting student development, Jewish learning, and leadership. When Seth is not working as an educator, you can find him writing music, performing, playing ice hockey, traveling, and enjoying time with family and friends.

 

Isabel Barr is from Bethesda, Maryland and has spent her entire life in the Washington, DC area, except for attending Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and an amazing year in Israel as a participant on Otzma. After spending four summers as a counselor at a Jewish summer camp, living all over Israel and volunteering as an English teacher as well as a counselor for special needs children was incredibly meaningful for her. While in Israel, Isabel took every opportunity that Masa Israel offered and back in the United States, it has been no different. She attended last year’s AIPAC Policy Conference with Masa Israel and currently serves as Co-Chair of the DC Masa Israel Alumni Board. Isabel is a teacher in the DC Jewish Community Center Preschool, when she’s not at school, planning for Masa Israel or at a Masa Israel event she will most likely be scouring the internet for new recipes, cheering on her beloved Kentucky Wildcats and hanging out with the family dog, Daisy.

Israel Corps co-existence

Israel Corps co-existence

Ofer Gutman

Ofer Gutman

Director of Recruitment & Sales.
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Alli Green

Alli Green

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
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My Life in Tel Aviv Right Now

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Masa Israel is highlighting the voices of our participants and alumni who are in Israel during Operation Protective Edge to give an authentic look at what it’s like to live and work in the country at this time. This account is from Brian Burchman, a current participant of Israel Way - Tel Aviv Internship Experience

 

 

 

Update from Masa Israel

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Over the last few days, Israeli population centers have been targeted by rocket fire from Gaza, and the Israel Defense Forces have launched Operation Protective Edge, with the aim of restoring stability to Israeli civilians. The safety and security of Masa Israel Journey program participants, staff and partners is our top priority.
 

4 Hidden Treasures of Tel Aviv - in Mini Israel

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by Maria Olshanskaya, WUJS Israel intern
 
Even if you’ve been to Israel a dozen times, the seemingly kitschy exhibit at Mini Israel might reveal to you the hidden gems you’ve been missing on prior visits.
 

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American Director

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American Director

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American Director

July 2, 2014

David B. Miller, of Teaneck, New Jersey, was recently named Director of Masa Israel Journey North America. 

Miller comes to Masa Israel after working at Yeshiva University for six years, the past three of which he served as Chief Operations Officer in the Office of Admissions, during which time undergraduate admissions increased by 16%.


Originally from Montreal, Canada, Miller studied business administration, political science, and theater at McGill and Concordia University, and spent a year in Israel learning at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne.


Miller has worked in management, marketing, and operations in both the nonprofit and for-profit world, and is charged with growing the number of North American young adults spending 5-12 months in Israel on long-term programs. He will work alongside Masa Israel’s recently-appointed CEO, Liran Avisar Ben-Horin, who previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office.


Founded in 2004 as a joint project of the Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa Israel celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year and continues to bring more than 10,000 young adults from around the world on immersive, meaningful programs in Israel annually.


Miller lives in Teaneck, New Jersey with his wife Elissa, a pre-school teacher at Yeshivat Noam, and their three children.

Masa Israel Connections: Online Networking Event

Masa Israel Connections: Online Networking Event

July 9, 2014 - 11:00

  Online  - 

Connect with fellow alumni in your field or city at our online networking event on July 9!

At Masa Israel Journey, we know that getting started in a community can be tough. We want to help make that easier by providing you with the best resources around...one another! During the Masa Israel Connections Event you will:

  • Connect with Masa Israel alumni living in or returning to your area. 
  • Share your amazing experiences from Israel with someone who has done it before and truly gets it. 
  • Begin to Build your ideas for the future.

Alumni: Do you have experience to share with current participants about transitioning back or do you yourself want to get involved locally? Connect with current participants or meet with seasoned alumni.


Current Participants: Are you starting to think about returning home? You will make useful connections that will help you transition. 



Through the event you will have a chance to connect with alumni based on where they are currently. Connect with as many communities as you like to meet people and hear about opportunities. You never know what you might learn!


Click here to sign up!

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