3,000 Masa Israel Participants Gather for End-of-Year Conference

3,000 Masa Israel Participants Gather for End-of-Year Conference

3,000 Masa Israel Participants Gather for End-of-Year Conference

May 23, 2013

3,000 young Jews from around the world, participants in long-terms programs through Masa Israel Journey, attended the Masa Israel Journey Conference and End of 2012-2013 Academic Year Event at the Jerusalem International Convention Centre this past Monday.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: The Masa program participants were addressed by the Israeli Minister of the Economy, Naftali Bennett, and Chairman of Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky. They also participated in a panel discussion with the outstanding Israeli sportsmen and women Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi, Karen Leibowitz, and Andi Ram. 
 
Olympic medalist, judoka Arik Ze'evi said, “After a year in Israel, you will be the best ambassadors for our country.”
 
Naftali Bennett, Minister of the Economy said: “I salute those of you who are planning on making Aliyah. We need every one of you. For those of you that are planning to return home, I am certain that after a year here, the State of Israel will remain close to your hearts and that you will continue to visit us.”
 
Natan Sharansky held an open dialogue with the students during which he told them: “Masa participants discover their roots while visiting Israel and they discover that the Jewish people is one family. It is very important to us that you feel part of our family and that you represent us upon your return home.”
 
Masa Israel Journey is a joint project of Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Its aim is to strengthen the connection between young Jews around the world and the State of Israel.  Participants spend 5-10 months in Israel and can choose from a wide range of programs involving volunteer work, studying or professional internships.  Over 10,000 young Jews from 60 countries participate in Masa programs each year. Upon their return to their home countries, many graduates become involved with their local Jewish communities and become ambassadors for Israel.
 

What Magen David Adom Has Done for Me

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By Adi Genosaur, Young Judaea Year Course
 
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine doing the things I’ve done in the past two months. My name is Adi Genosar, and I am a 19-year-old Israeli, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. I am currently in Israel on a gap year Masa program called Young Judaea Year Course. On Year Course, I was afforded the opportunity to volunteer with Magen David Adom for a short period. MDA was never something I saw myself being able to do.
 
 

Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah

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Program Description

Migdal will inspire our students with a desire to learn and become more knowledgeable in Torah as well empower them with the skills in order to do so. We ensure that our students leave the yeshiva with the tools they need for lifelong independent study in all areas of Torah scholarship. At Migdal, shiurim are not lectures, but are rather tailored learning experiences where questions and dialogue are encouraged. There is also great emphasis on chavruta style learning and allowing students to work through the entire spectrum of Jewish texts on their own under the guidance of their rebbeim.
 
Our goal at Migdal is to provide the best possible role models for our students. Along with a dedicated full-time faculty, many of our rebbeim maintain jobs in the secular world and lead by example on how one is to live as a Torah Jew in today's society. A primary component of the curriculum at Migdal is dedicated to examining the many issues that confront a person in the modern world from both a halachic and philosophic perspective.

Masa Israel Commemorates Israel's Fallen on Yom Hazikaron

Masa Israel Commemorates Israel's Fallen on Yom Hazikaron

April 15, 2013

Last night, Masa held a moving Yom HaZikaron ceremony for over 4,000 of its participants at the historic site of Latrun. Together, we honored Israel's fallen.
Speaking to 5,000 Masa Israel Journey participants at a Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers ceremony, Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky said, "While in the Soviet prison, … I thought about the three Israeli sportsmen who had visited Russia and had bravely met with us. They told us that Israel was a place of great joy."
 
"I later heard that one of the three was killed in the Yom Kippur war. But, mostly I thought about Yoni Netanyahu. The fact that the State of Israel was prepared to send its soldiers to rescue Jews all over the world gave me great strength. Yoni was 29 when he was killed and was 29 when I was arrested. Every time that I felt that I didn’t have the strength to keep resisting the authorities, I thought about Yoni Netanyahu and it gave me the strength to keep going."
 
 
Minister of Econonmy Naftali Bennett also addressed the participants:
 
 

Seminaire Orthodoxe Francophone - Beera Chel Myriam

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Program Description

This program is conducted in French.
 

Tzameret

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Program Description

"give yourself the opportunity of personal growth in a significant frame work, and leave your footprint on our homeland."

 

 The new Tzameret Gap Year program is a unique 10-month service learning experience in the beautiful desert city of Arad for post- high school students. With Tzameret, you live, work and study side-by-side with Israeli peers to make social change within Israel.

 

Volunteer: Take action through community service and develop skills as you explore your interests. Help with the absorption of new immigrants from Ethiopia; teach high-risk students at the local high school; guide youth at the local community centers and lead various community projects.

 

Learn: Once a week we stop working and look inwards. Come learn with us about our Jewish heritage, ask questions about the Jewish identity and find answers for what it means to you.

 

Experience: Feel the vibrant culture, visit spectacular sites, explore nature, and participate in Israeli life through holiday celebrations, arts and music, and trips to all five regions of Israel.

 

Connect: Live, work and study in the same community and gain a real world connection to Israeli society and its people.

 

 

 

 

BBYO Beyond - UK and Ireland

Program Description

Under-reacting Like an Israeli

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By Danielle Blustein, Masa Israel Media Fellows

 

 

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