Masa Tlalim FR

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This program is conducted in French.

Sun-Sentinel: Two local college grads doing internships in Israel

Sun-Sentinel: Two local college grads doing internships in Israel

Sun-Sentinel: Two local college grads doing internships in Israel

April 17, 2014

By David A. Schwartz 

Nicole Krassner channeled her love for Israel into an internship at Yad Vashem and Oren Okhovat fulfilled his passion for academics through an internship at the Joint Distribution Committee.

The Broward County residents are the only Floridians among 25 Jewish graduates of universities throughout the world who are doing internships in the Israeli government, and in policy and diplomacy organizations, through the Israel Government Fellows Program.
 
Krassner, 22, of Hollywood, who earned a master's degree in management from the University of Florida, is writing grants and project proposals to attract donors in her internship at Yad Vashem's international relations department.
 
"My first choice [for an internship] was Yad Vashem," she said in a phone call from Israel. "I wake up every day and go to Yad Vashem, which is an amazing place. There's always something to see. Every day I feel very lucky and very privileged that I get to work there."
 
Joshua "Josh" Kahn, 24, worked with Krassner at the University of Florida, where she was president of the Gators for Israel advocacy organization.
 
"Nicole is one of the most amazing students," Kahn said. They worked together to find the best program about Israel — "from the political to the cultural side" — during his three years as shaliach (Israel emissary) at the university, he said.
 
Krassner's involvement in student government was "critical to changing the environment on campus," Kahn said. "The Students for Justice in Palestine chapter was growing and very vocal," he explained. "[Nicole] was really critical in working for the pro-Israel resolutions passed in student government. She really was crucial in bringing heart and love and excitement to the conversation. You could see it in everything she did."
 
Krassner said that after her internship ends in June, she will go to New York to look for a job. "Whatever I do is going to have to lead back to Israel," she said. "Hopefully I will travel to Israel as part of my work."
 
Okhovat, 26, of Cooper City, earned a master's degree in international relations from Florida International University in Miami.
 
His internship at the Joint Distribution Committee's Institute for Leadership and Governance involves training leaders, facilitating collaboration between civil and government agencies, improving interdepartmental collaboration within the Israeli government, and helping mayors in Israel's periphery "improve the level of governance," Okhovat said in a phone call from Israel.
 
There are also weekly seminars — each with a different theme — to better understand Israel through its politics, economics and social issues, he said.
 
The internship at the Joint Distribution Committee is a "good career launcher" but it also appeals to his academic side, said Okhovat, who wants to pursue a doctorate and eventually teach and do research.
 
Debbie Gober, of Coral Springs, a member of the Jewish Federation of Broward County's executive board of directors and chair of the Federation's Agency Relations Committee, recommended Okhovat for a Federation grant so that he could participate in the Israel Government Fellows Program. "He's got a great background. He's well educated. He's a community-minded kid," Gober said. "I'm really proud that our Federation was able to help."
 

Breaking Records: World’s Largest Shabbat

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A group of young professionals in Tel Aviv are taking Shabbat to the next level. White City Shabbat, in conjunction with the Am Yisrael Foundation, is planning the World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner to attempt gain recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records. The dinner will be held in Spring 2014 at the Tel Aviv Port and will be 100% Kosher and uphold the highest levels of shomer Shabbos.
 

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Op-ed: Democratic and Religious: The dichotomy holding back common sense

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While living in Israel, Masa participants engage in all facets of Israeli society. This is one intern's take on the nature of the Israeli policy.
 
By Celina Nieman, Israel Government Fellows
 
It is Friday at three in the afternoon in Har Hatzofim, Jerusalem. I’ve missed the last bus into the city. For the sake of religion and tradition, a public service has been shut down.
 

The Sweet Spot: Alumni Career Development Meets Digital Engagement

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Earlier this month, Russ Finkelstein wrote about keeping alumni engaged and involved by offering career services. Before we can tap into alumni communities for fundraising and volunteer requests, he argues, we have to provide them something of value, something that they want.
 
At Masa Israel we wholeheartedly agree, and have been experimenting in the professional development space for the past year.
 
 

Sustainable Israel

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Sustainable Israel develops professional skills through an intensive theoretical and applied fellowship in sustainable development. This unique fellowship builds innovative capacities that participants will take with them as a “tool kit” for sustainable development. Participants study permaculture design and sustainable development, ecological agriculture and architecture, EcoVillage design, natural building, renewable energies including solar and biogas, rainwater collection, community building, group dynamics and much more. Participants approach sustainability through a modern Jewish perspective and develop a living and relevant expression of Jewish environmental ethics. The fellowship includes meetings with policy makers in the Arava Valley, tours of neighboring Kibbutzim and Jerusalem, service learning in Be’er Sheva, hiking in the Southern Arava and snorkeling in Eilat. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows receive internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification.

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Masa-Hillel Fellowship: Building the Jewish Community’s Leaders

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by Lisa Motenko
 
This past summer I left Berkeley Hillel, where I was on staff for four amazing years, to head to Israel.  I didn’t grow up in Jewish day school, or have extensive experience in Israel – so my time had come to spend a year immersing myself in Jewish text and living in the land of milk and honey. My goal for studying with the Pardes Experiential Educators Program was to take experiential education programs to a higher level by infusing them with real Jewish content and meaning.