Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

Masa Israel Journey Names New North American COO

February 22, 2016

Welcome to the Masa Israel family, Meara Razon Ashtivker

Meara joins us from the hi-tech sector, where she  served as C.O.O. at Boomset, an innovative event-tech company, managing sales and marketing and spearheading global partnerships. Prior to joining Boomset, Meara held the position of V.P. of community outreach for where she created and executed a marketing plan, as well as planned and produced mass-attended events.


True to our mission, Meara has lived it like a local,  having spent significant time living, working and studying in Israel. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Hartford, she was selected to participate in the Otzma program. In the years following, she moved to Miami to work with Young Judaea and returned to Israel to work for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Meara received an M.A. in non-profit management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem while working for Beit Hatfutsot.


Meara served as the board chair for Dor Chadash and sat on the board of directors of the American Zionist Movement and the Moatza in New York.


In her new position as Masa Israel’s North American COO, where she will be managing the national recruitment and marketing efforts in the US.

She plans on expanding her vast global and local partner network, industry insight and international know-how to continue to bring an increasing number of young Jews to Israel in order to impact the futures of both.


We wish her, and us, much success! Welcome to the Masa Israel family, Meara.

Texas Jewish Post: Arlington-born Unger teaching Israeli kids English

Texas Jewish Post: Arlington-born Unger teaching Israeli kids English

February 18, 2016

By Ben Tinsley


In a place very far removed from his hometown of Arlington, native Texan Max Unger teaches English to Israeli children in Ramle-Lod through Masa Israel’s Teaching Fellows program.

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Max Unger, a 26-year-old Texas-Arlington graduate, tutors underprivileged students in Ramle-Lod.


The 26-year-old University of Texas at Arlington graduate said this is an incredibly rewarding experience.

“It’s great because I feel like I’m making a difference — sharing a gift,” Unger said during a recent telephone interview from Israel. “English is the unofficial language of business and it is very important to speak it. Many Israelis want to speak English. I mean, I’m not solving world hunger or anything but this is a gift, a tiny gift. The kids where I teach don’t get that much exposure to languages.”


Read the rest of Max's Story in the Texas Jewish Post.

Test your Presidential Knowledge

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In honor of Presidents' Day, we're challenging you to see how much you know about U.S. and Israeli Presidents:


10 Amazing Masa Israel Love Stories

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Valentine's Day may not be a Jewish holiday, but we can't stop ourselves from kvelling over all of these beautiful alumni couples who met in Israel:


1. Kelly and Jon, 2008



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.