Mitzpeh Bagalil

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Program Description

Mitzpeh BaGalil is a ten-month program for recent high school graduates at Kibbutz Haznnaton in the Lower Galilee. It will run parallel to Hannaton's already successful Mechina program for Israeli teens. 
 
Mitzpeh BaGalil's mission is to deepen and broaden participant's connections and knowledge about the Land of Israel, Israeli society, and Israeli culture. 
 
The program is comprised of academically accredited classes, extensive touring, community service, and the joint development of community between Diaspora and Israeli teens.
Our core values are: Leadership, Zionism, Pluralism
 
We will focus on these values throughout the year from many different perspectives and approaches.
 
The program will use the Galilee as a living labaratory for 21st century pioneering. We will program meetings and opportunities for authentic engagement with members of all of the local communities: Muslim, Christian, Druze, Religious and Secular in order to better understand the complex dynamic that is contemporary Israel.
 
 

Masa Bedouin Coexistence Fellows

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Program Description

Come and volunteer in the Bedouin communities of Israel to promote coexistence, peace and education through English. Volunteer in different programs and initiatives throughout the Bedouin community that include working in schools with at-risk youth, students from unrecognized villages and women's groups. Get hands-on experience in an NGO, receive professional teacher training and project mentor-ship, take Arabic and Hebrew language courses, attend seminars, as well as meet and work alongside politicians, officials and professors. Live, learn and make a difference in the communities of the Negev! 
 
During your fellowship you’ll get the chance to exchange culture with Bedouin youth and learn about their traditions. Immerse yourself in the Arabic and Hebrew language, spend the Jewish holidays or a Shabbat meal with a host family, visit sites holy to three major religions and experience the warmth of the Israel people and the beauty of the Jewish homeland. 
 
The Bedouin Coexistence Fellows is the only program that invites you into the Bedouin community and utilizes your background to build meaningful programs for Israel's youth. Open to all high level English speakers.
 
Subsidized in partnership with the Jewish Agency and the government of Israel eligible participants pay $3,300 or less, and the program covers, accommodations, activities, travel seminars, insurance and more for 4.5 months.
 

Israeli Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton (Post-College)

Israeli Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton (Post-College)

March 7, 2014 (All day)  -  March 8, 2014 (All day)

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Masa Israel’s Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton explores issues of regional security and the complexity of the situation in the Middle East. 

Gain new perspectives on Israel’s most pressing security issues and learn from leading specialists in various fields through workshops and interactive discussions.

 

Second semester: March 7-8, 2014

 

(Open to post-college participants)

 

Ben-Gurion University - MA in Israel Studies

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Program Description

The Israel Studies International Program (ISIP) provides students with a comprehensive state-of-the-art background in key subjects and research methods in Israel Studies. The knowledge and skills that students acquire, provides a solid foundation for those intending to pursue doctoral degrees in related fields. The program is aimed at students who wish to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of Israel and its development. With the highest concentration of Israel studies experts in the world, the Institute aims, through the International MA in Israel Studies, to share its unique insights into the Jewish People’s renewal in its homeland. The program trains its students to be leaders in their own communities – equipped with a high level of knowledge and understanding of Israel’s past and present, and poised to address the needs of the future.
 
A degree in Israel Studies is of value for candidates seeking to enter administrative, diplomatic, civil society, or teaching positions related to Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.
 

Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim

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Program Description

Achvat Amim, which means "solidarity of nations" in Hebrew, is a new 5 month volunteer experience in Jerusalem that directly engages with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. Achvat Amim is renewing the conversation on Jewish Peoplehood and Zionism for the 21st century. Together, we build a dynamic learning community in which we explore and shape Jewish culture and identity as individuals and as part of a greater whole, engage with the challenging realities in Israel and the West Bank, and build on the rich history and traditions of which we are a living part.
 
Achvat Amim is a framework for meaningful volunteer work with leading Israeli human rights organizations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, which do grassroots work with Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem. Achvat Amim focuses on developing practical skills in community development and education through intensive volunteer projects and engaging with social change and human rights movements. The program combines learning programs, outdoor experiences, seminars, and trips around the country with working on real projects with leading human rights organizations.
 
Join us in building a future rooted in the Jewish values of Tzedek (Justice), Shalom (Peace), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the world) and Achvat Amim (Solidarity of Nations).

Highlights

- Volunteer doing grassroots work with leading Israeli human rights organizations
- Live in Jerusalem, a city of diversity, conflict, and beauty
- Build Jewish community and shape a collective culture
- Develop leadership and community organizing skills by taking responsibility for Tikkun Olam on the ground Learn Hebrew and Arabic
- Make lifelong connections with Israelis, Palestinians and people from all over the world
 

Haifa University MA in Diplomacy

Program Description

The dynamics of the contemporary, complex, interconnected and highly-charged international environment presents new challenges for scholars, policy analysts and decision makers, both at the global level and in the context of the Middle East. Against this backdrop, the MA Program in Diplomacy Studies is intended to elucidate the role of diplomacy as a main vehicle and mechanism for systematically addressing multilateral issues, which can no longer be effectively dealt with exclusively from a narrow unilateral or bilateral vantage point.
 
The focus on the role of collaborative diplomatic mechanisms is designed to provide students with new insights, concepts and analytical tools for fully understanding the enhanced functions of diplomacy in this new setting. The program in Diplomacy Studies is primarily intended for practitioners, who are employed in a variety of public and private international, transnational and multilateral organizations, future diplomats, and interested academics abroad and in Israel. At the completion of the program, students will receive an MA in Political Science, with a specialization in Diplomacy Studies.

Highlights

An important element of the program will be the simulated analysis of concrete diplomatic decision games and action games. In the course of this simulation, the students will experiment with a range of diplomatic (and strategic) concepts, techniques and scenarios in a controlled and structured effort to emulate real-time crisis situations, with emphasis on the mechanisms and tools for mitigating and defusing them.
 

Young Judaea Israel Year Program

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Program Description

On Young Judaea Year Course, you get to choose what you want to do. Be a part of our specialty tracks in business, arts, medicine and more. Take your trip beyond Israel on Kuma, a journey to Poland; Olami, a discovery of the diverse Jewish communities in Italy, Greece, and Morocco; or Tikkun Olam – Rwanda: a volunteer experience in the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village.
 
Live with Israelis and the Israeli Scouts, grow with peers from FZY and places from around the world, and become a part of the country – all while having the best year of your life.
 
Immerse yourself in the community of Israel with Young Judaea Year Course. Spend nine months learning the land, the culture, and the history of the people – not just by studying it, but by living it. On Young Judaea Year Course you’ll connect with your roots and shape your future through hands-on experience: traveling and learning about Israel while also volunteering and becoming part of the communities. 
 
Find out more at yearcouse@youngjudaea.org!
 

Specialty Tracks and Additional Programs:

Business Track: Get involved with the burgeoning business community in Israel with the Year Course Business Track. You’ll meet with leading Hi-Tech industry professionals, visit Israel based global business like Google and Intel, participate in business workshops and learn the project management skills from the best in the world all while touring the country and learning about the startup nature for which Israel is renowned.
 
Sports Track: Geared toward high school athletes, the Year Course Sports Track offers an intensive educational and practical program designed to bring you to a higher level of physical fitness. You’ll get the chance to enhance your skills while participating in other sports like kite surfing, rock climbing, pole vaulting, basketball, tennis, and more. Meet leading athletes and sports business professionals from around the world and practice side by side with upcoming Israeli athletes, and make sure you stay on top of your game.
 
Law Track: During the program you will get the opportunity to meet with prominent lawyers and judges that will shed light on the skills needed to master a demanding but interesting and rewarding profession. Meet with Sassi Gez, one of Israel's most prominent lawyers, and hear from him about the unique characteristics of criminal defense attorneys. Take a tour of Israel’s Supreme Court and learn about the Israeli judicial system. Gain an understanding of the tensions emerging from the duality of Judaism and democracy, and start your professional growth early.
 
Media and Journalism Track: Get a taste of the exciting world of news making through visiting Israel's top news room editorials such as Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem post, Channel 2 news and more. Learn about how the media shapes the way we think about important topics and sets the public agenda. Take part in practical workshops and gain useful tools for being a news reporter on TV, radio, online or print. Gain an understanding of the tensions entailed in the practice of news reporting in an environment both profit- oriented and politically divided. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with Israel’s leading journalists and media experts and learn what it takes to be part of this challenging profession.
 
Arts Track: Israel is an excellent host for inspiration and expression, and home to several flourishing artist communities. The Art Track of Year Course is designed to expose participants to the vibrant visual and performing arts scene in Israel through an array of visits, tours and experiences within the community of Jewish and Israeli artists. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with some of Israel’s leading artists, as well as up and coming talents. 
 
Medical Track: The YC Medical Track offers an intensive educational program and hands-on experience on the ground and in top research facilities. Meet leading health professionals, work with Israeli paramedics, and find out what it take to become one of the special group who devote their lives to save others. Volunteer with MADA, associated with the Red Cross (the UN humanitarian organization), Israel’s national life saving organization specializing in emergency treatment. Learn about Jewish medical ethics and see its realizations in Hadassah hospital – one of Israel’s leading medical facilities.
 
 

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Haberman 

Highlights

While choosing your own track and international travel program, all Young Judaea Year Course participants take part in Year Course’s Special Interest Month. Whether you choose an interest for the whole month or you split them up by week, you’ll be able to pursue the special interest of your choice. Past participants have worked in the field on Kibbutz Ketura, backpacked Israel’s famous Sea-to-Sea hike, taken part on archeological digs, learned how to surf in Tel Aviv, taken arts workshops, and much more. 
Tiyulim: Take advantage of the opportunity to travel throughout the country and learn about he unique nature of Israel. Coinciding with the traditional Year Course program, the Tiyulim Track offers you additional hikes in all the different areas of Israel. Explore the Galille, Golan, Mishor Hachof, the Negev, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem area, and more! You’ll explore the unique characteristics and landscapes of the country and learn about the various types of plants, flowers, and animals unique to Israel.
 

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