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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 was born in Israel and moved to the States at a young age. She earned her BA in Marketing and an MA in Business Administration, and studied at Haifa University for a year with a Masa Israel grant, and joined the university’s basketball league. Linor now lives in Miami.

 

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.

 

Morgan Kaczor graduated in 2009 from California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in Child Development & Family Studies and a Minor in Dance. After graduating college, she worked as the Assistant Director at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center and the Director of the Summer Art Academy Camp. During the 2012-2013 school year, Morgan was a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Rishon LeZion, volunteering as an English teacher. She was placed in an Orthodox Elementary school in which the students were bussed in from a low socio-economic Ethiopian Jewish community. Most recently, Morgan works at the Stephen S. Wise Temple and School as a Lead preschool Teacher. When she’s not in the classroom, you can find Morgan in the yoga studio, hiking in the mountains, or at the beach. Morgan is extremely passionate about creating a positive and unique learning environment for Jewish Students to thrive and deepen their connection to Israel. 

 

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.

Ofer Gutman

Ofer Gutman

Director of International Recruitment & Sales

Rachel Rolnick

Rachel Rolnick

Recruitment and Systems Coordinator

Alli Green

Alli Green

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Nicole Haber

Nicole Haber

Director of Marketing and Communications

 

Hebrew University - Freshman/Academic Program

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Program Description

This option is specially designed for first-year students, whether they plan to continue their studies in Israel or back home. Students may enroll for the entire year or for either the autumn or spring semester. A variety of first-year courses are offered in the areas of Israel and Middle Eastern studies, Religion, Brain and Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Studies.  
The Freshman/Academic Gap Program provides a solid initiation into academic study, and the credits earned are transferable to many colleges and universities. Upon successful completion of the year-long program, students may be admitted to universities and colleges in in North America with advanced standing.
All Freshmen students participate in the Freshman Seminar. This seminar provides first-year college students with a strong foundation to assist in the transition from high school to college.  It provides academic and social support while strengthening the students' skills in academic research and writing. The seminar also affords students the opportunity to interact and form a community with fellow students and the administration.
 
 

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Yesod Program

Program Description

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Hevruta

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Hevruta

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Program Description

Hevruta, a collaboration of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Hebrew College, is a fully integrated gap-year program for North American and Israeli student leaders from a diverse range of Jewish backgrounds and life experiences.
 This exciting and dynamic learning opportunity will address both Israeli and North American cultures and contexts as compelling centers of contemporary Jewish leadership and discovery.


Over the course of their 10-month experience, Hevruta participants will engage in rigorous inquiry and text study, while taking advantage of Jerusalem’s rich intellectual and spiritual resources. A three-week North American component will explore American Jewish identity in a global context, deepening the exchange of ideas among students.
 


After completing the program, Hevruta alumni will be well-positioned to use their influential voices to shape the Jewish people’s most important conversations and communal decisions.

 

For more information, please contact:

Leon Morris

Vice President for Israel Programs

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

leon.morris@shalomhartman.org

+972-2-5675422

Highlights

Hevruta is the only Israel gap-year program that brings together an equal number of North American and Israeli participants for pluralistic 
learning and leadership training. This model fosters meaningful cultural exchanges and powerful educational opportunities for 
students. 
 
Hevruta's academic program is rigorous and challenging, and centers around Jewish ideas, Jewish literature, and leadership. You’ll study 
a full range of texts, delve into Great Jewish Books, and participate in Hevruta’s Jerusalem Leadership Lab. Program faculty are drawn from the teaching staffs of both the Shalom 
Hartman Institute and Hebrew College. They are among the world’s leading scholars in Jewish tradition and contemporary spirituality.
 
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