Partnership 2000 Hosts 72 Masa Israel Participants for a Day of Jewish Peoplehood Activities

Partnership 2000 Hosts 72 Masa Israel Participants for a Day of Jewish Peoplehood Activities

Partnership 2000 Hosts 72 Masa Israel Participants for a Day of Jewish Peoplehood Activities

April 5, 2011

By P2K volunteer Rebecca Kofman, Beit Shemesh
 
Masa Israel participants in its annual Building Future Leadership Conference in Jerusalem enjoyed a full day of activities arranged by Partnership 2000 (Beit Shemesh-Mateh Yehuda-Washington-South Africa) in Bet Shemesh on March 8.
 
Highlight of the day was the interaction between the Masa Israel young adults and the first, second and third graders at Jabotinsky Elementary School. Together they created Shabat placements to share with their overseas friends in the Jewish Primary Day School in Washington, DC. The schools have been in the P2K school Twinning project for over three years.
 
As the Jabotinsky principal Bracha said, “It was hard at first for the Jabotinsky youngsters to realize that there were actually Jews who live outside Israel. Now through video conferencing they have accepted that, and this year we are focusing on the similarities and differences between how Israeli and American Jewish children celebrate the holidays.” Having actual committed Jewish young adults who live outside Israel come and do a project with the Jabotinsky students really helped them to understand not only that Jews do live outside Israel but that they also love Israel.
 
After completing the Jabotinsky project, Masa participants were joined by 17 Israeli young adults from Branco-Weiss High School, the P2K student program and a local Garin for an interviewing project to meet local residents and complete a worksheet about their family origins, life in Bet Shemesh, etc. In groups of 3 or 4, the young people spread out through Migdal Hamayim on market day to speak with vendors, cab drivers, pedestrians and others to get a taste of the variety of backgrounds and interests of local city inhabitants.
 
Next the Masa participants and local Israeli youth gathered at Matnas Psagot HaSheva where they broke into four groups to discuss various aspects of Jewish Peoplehood, based on their interview findings. They tackled some tough issues about Jewish identity, religious practices and enabling future generations to be informed and enthusiastic about being Jewish.
 
As one participant reported at the end of the day, “Through this experience I may not become a Jewish leader on my college campus next year, but I will be able to counter positively and powerfully any negative remarks made about Israel and Israelis.”
 
Note: Masa Israel sponsors numerous extended stay opportunities for youth from abroad to travel, study and do community service projects throughout the country. Over 10,000 young Jewish adults are in Israel this year in various Masa programs.
 

Israel Becomes World Leader in Sustainable Volunteer Programs

Israel Becomes World Leader in Sustainable Volunteer Programs

April 5, 2011

Masa Israel Journey launches immersive, grassroots service projects in Israel, teaming up American and Israeli volunteers to meet communities needs
(New York, NY) In response to traditional volunteer programs that have Americans parachuting in and out of countries worldwide with no long-term effects, Masa Israel Journey recently launched two new, integrated volunteer programs that team up American and Israeli volunteers to create sustainable projects in Israels underserved periphery.
 
Through the five-month Yahel Social Change Program, Americans work with Israeli grassroots organizations to create community-driven educational projects in immigrant communities. In the 10-month Ma’ase Olam program, Americans join Israeli peers in their own communities and volunteer with local NGOs.
 
A joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa Israel has nearly 10,000 participants, and 16 post-college programs exclusively dedicated to service.
 
“As with any country, Israel has tremendous needs,” said Avi Rubel, Masa Israel’s North American Director. “Masa Israel aims to dramatically increase the number of young adults who choose Israel and partner with Israelis in doing meaningful service and volunteer work.”
 
The Yahel Social Change Program, based in Gedera, launched in 2010 with six North American participants, five of whom stayed on for the spring 2011 semester. By teaming up with Ethiopian-Israeli volunteers from Friends by Nature, a local not-for-profit organization that seeks to empower the Ethiopian community in Israel, they are volunteering in academic assistance programs, teaching English and working in community gardens, as well as meeting social activists and learning about issues of immigration, community empowerment and sustainability.
 
“With our grassroots efforts, we cannot expect to fully see the impact of our work during our stay, but we can plant seeds and help to create new and innovative sustainable projects,” said Drew Fidler, Yahel Social Change Program participant. A graduate of New York University’s School of Social Work, Fidler collaborated with Friends by Nature to launch a project, which seeks to prepare Ethiopian youth to work at Jewish summer camps in North America.
 
Ma’ase Olam’s inaugural program for North Americans and Israelis will run from September 2011-June 2012. They will live communally, study Hebrew, receive professional training, work on joint volunteer projects with diverse communities, and learn about the social and cultural complexities of Israeli society.
 
To speak with volunteer program alumni from your area, please contact Masa Israels Director of Public Relations, Rachel Trager at (917) 371-5569 or racheltr@masaisrael.org. 

The International Conservation Center, Citta di Roma Teach Students From All Over The World How To Conserve Archaeology

The International Conservation Center, Citta di Roma Teach Students From All Over The World How To Conserve Archaeology

The International Conservation Center, Citta di Roma Teach Students From All Over The World How To Conserve Archaeology

April 5, 2011

For the first time in Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority will hold a unique project in which young students from all over the world take part in the conservation of archaeological and historical sites in Israel.
The students are tutored by conservation specialists and archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
 
After a long period of rehabilitation and conservation work in a spectacular Ottoman building in the southern part of Old Akko, the International Conservation Center, Citta di Roma will open its doors. In fact, this is the first institution in the country where practical conservation training will now take place. With the inauguration of the building different courses and activities will be offered for the purpose of training conservators from both Israel and abroad.
 
The program is the third session of the Saving the Stones program. This is a five month long international study program designed for young students from around the world who come to Israel within the framework of the “Masa” program sponsored by the government and the Jewish Agency. Students from Israel, Poland, Russia, the United States, England, Panama and Puerto Rico will participate in the first class. 
 
 
The professional training includes workshops in the conservation of stone, mortar, wood, metal, etc. Raʽanan Kislev, head of IAA Conservation Department, said that the conservation experts of the Israel Antiquities Authority will tutor the training activities, the theoretical and practical studies. According to him, the Israel Antiquities Authority considers the participants part of its professional activity and they will be permitted to touch, explore, treat and conserve the unique and rich heritage of Israel. Their work will contribute to bestowing the heritage to future generations and increase awareness in Israel for conservation.
 
The Akko Municipality and Old Akko Development Company are partners in the program. Mr. David Harrari, CEO of the Old Acre Development Company, welcomed the participants on their first day and said that “the success of the program will contribute to promoting and positioning Akko as an international training center. Opening the doors of the city’s institutions and its homes constitutes a significant tier in the presentation of a city that is welcoming, warm and accommodating of tourists.”
 
 
At the reception organized by the city of Akko, the municipality promised to help the participants adjust to their stay in Israel and organized host families for them, cultural events and a wide variety of activities. In exchange the program’s participants will volunteer to assist in social activities in the city and contribute to the research on the culture and conservation of Akko’s sites.
 
In a field trip arranged for the program participants at the Western Galilee College, Dr. Nadav Kashtan, head of the Conservation Department, showed them the conservation studies laboratories and the conservation library. He invited the participants to visit the college and make use of all of the professional facilities during their work.
 
 
The director of the International Conservation Center, Shelley-Anne Peleg of the Israel Antiquities Authority, invited the residents of Akko to join in the training activities that take place daily within the framework of the program, throughout the city. The program is powered by Masa Israel Journey, a company of the Jewish Agency and is sponsored by the Israel National Committee to UNESCO. The participants live in Manof School.
 
For further details, kindly contact:
Itzhak Rabihiya, acting spokesman of the Israel Antiquities Authority, 054-7999209.
Shelley-Anne Peleg, Director – Intl Conservation Center, 052-4284379

 

Leadership Training Program: Empowering the Next Generation

Leadership Training Program: Empowering the Next Generation

April 5, 2011

Masa Israel Journey’s Building Future Leadership program gives young adults tools and connections to make a difference in their communities
(New York, NY) – This week, 500 exceptional young adults will participate in Building Future Leadership, Masa Israel Journey’s intensive, weeklong leadership program in Israel.  Chosen from nearly 10,000 individuals from all over the world who are studying, interning, and volunteering in Israel, Building Future Leadership prepares young adults to fill leadership positions when they return to their campuses and communities.
 
With young adults’ increased interest in Jewish communal work following their time in Israel, Masa Israel, a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, is committed to helping its alumni stay involved. Jewish campus and communal organizations are now actively seeking Masa Israel alumni to take leadership positions upon their return home.  Organizations involved in the Building Future Leadership program include the Jewish Federations of North America, the Israel on Campus Coalition, Hillel, PresenTense, and AVI CHAI.
 
“Masa Israel’s Building Future Leadership is one of the important ways that we are preparing young Jewish adults for future leadership opportunities following their immersive Israel experiences,” said Masa Israel’s North American Director, Avi Rubel.  “I believe that the growing pool of Masa Israel alumni will play a decisive role in connecting their peers to Israel and in strengthening their home Jewish communities.”
 
Building Future Leadership’s weeklong events include discussions about critical issues facing the Jewish people, leadership skill development sessions focused on entrepreneurship, public speaking, and networking, trips to the Knesset and Yad Vashem, and meetings with social activists and community leaders.  Participants can choose to focus on Israel education, Israel advocacy, social justice and tikkun olam, or Jewish peoplehood.
 
In the workshop, “From Vision to Reality,” participants will also be able to outline a project they hope to pursue in their home communities.
 
Last year, Jordana Gilman, a Nativ gap year participant, created a project focused on bringing interfaith programming to campus and connected with Cornell’s Hillel rabbi so that he would anticipate her arrival.  Now as chair of interfaith programming and Jewish education and culture at Hillel, Gilman is planning a civil rights seder.
 
“It was truly a growing experience for everyone, and it personally made me very excited for the next year,” said Gilman. “I came out of the conference with some solid, realistic, ready-for-action program plans and college-level leadership techniques.”
 
The Building Future Leadership program will take place in Jerusalem from March 6 – 11, 2011. A follow-up meeting will take place on May 23, 2011.
 
For more information about Building Future Leadership, contact Masa Israel’s Director of Public Relations, Rachel Trager at (917) 371-5569 or racheltr@masaisrael.org and visit www.masaisrael.org/bfl.

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Repair Interview: Shoshana Wineburg and the Yahel Social Change Program

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Yahel is a new and exciting addition to the world of Jewish service (and also a Repair the World grantee). Founded by Dana Talmi, the organization, which is less than a year old, is already making huge strides in promoting service in Israel.
 

Meet Masa Israel

Meet Masa Israel

 
Masa Israel’s team combines professional expertise with volunteer passion to connect young Jewish adults to 5-12 month immersive, life-changing experiences in Israel. Masa Israel participants will change the world, and we are proud to help them on their journey!

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L’Yerushaliym (To Jerusalem)…

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By Rebecca Crystal, Dance Journey
 
This past week was only a half-week of dancing, and then we went on a trip to Jerusalem for Wednesday and Thursday.  Though I’ve been there six or seven times before, I never fail to be struck with awe at the beauty and complexity of this amazing city.  The day we went to the Western Wall, it was sunny and beautiful.  I really enjoyed being there with some of my non-Jewish friends here–it seemed l
 

For Participants

For Participants

Welcome to the Masa Israel Community. Make it yours.
 
 
Congratulations! You’ve chosen a program, your bags are packed, and you’re ready to take the next step on your Masa Israel Journey.
 
As you prepare to join more than 10,000 young Jewish adults from 42 countries who are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime, we encourage you to take a look at the adventures that await you. Join the Masa Israel Community at community.masaisrael.org and share your excitement with fellow participants from your program and all the other programs. Connect with alumni from previous years to get advice before, during, and after your trip.
 
The Masa Israel Community offers additional seminars, concerts, lectures, and other extracurricular activities throughout the year. Add another dimension to your program, build new networks, and reconnect with old friends. 

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  • Building Future Leadership 2012