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The Forward: 6 Things I learned When I Quit My Job And Moved To Israel

By Andria Aylyarov Wikimedia Commons This piece was contributed by Masa Israel Journey — for more information, click here. If you swiped through my Instagram to February 2015ish, or browse that far back on my Facebook page, you’d probably think, “damn, this girl had the time of her life.” In the year or so following […]

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How Will You Adult and Change the World?

You’re living on your own, cleaning up after yourself, grocery shopping, cooking, working, etc. Yep, you’re finally adulting! Now, what if you did the same things, while living in another country and making the world a better place?

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Jewish Insider: Daily Kickoff

SCENE YESTERDAY IN NYC — Masa Israel Journey hosted a panel yesterday featuring representatives from Israeli start-ups with a presence in New York, including WeWork and Playbuzz. Among those in attendance were Guy Franklin, founder of "Israeli Mapped in NY," an interactive map of Israeli start-ups in New York; Shaul Olmert; Co-founder and CEO of Playbuzz; […]

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eJewish Philanthropy: From Israeli Start-Ups to NYC Success: Masa Israel Journey Builds the Next Generation of Digital Entrepreneurs

(l-r) Gal Sela, Associate Community Manager at WeWork; Guy Franklin, General Manger of SOSA and Founder of Israeli Mapped in NY; and Adi Hila Yoffe, Director of North American Business Development at Masa Israel Journey converse about the Israeli and New York start-up ecosystems, during a February 8, 2017, New York gathering co-hosted by Masa […]

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The Forward: 8 Ways to Boost or Change Your Career in 2017

This piece was contributed by Masa Israel Journey — for more information, click here. 1. Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Whether you’re a recent grad who wants to make an impact or a few years out of school and burnt out from the corporate grind, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is a truly unique opportunity to contribute […]

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How to Reach Ivy League Levels of Tech Innovation

By Oren Toledano, co-founder and CEO of Israel Tech Challenge We’re called the “startup nation.” Despite being smaller than the state of New Jersey, Israel has more Nasdaq-listed companies than any other country in the world except the U.S. and China. Our businesses are quick to grow and to create. They are built on a […]

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4 Ways to Portray Your Israeli Internship in an Interview

An internship in Israel means being thrown to the wolves, in the most beneficial way. You didn’t spend your internship grabbing Starbucks for a stuffy CEO sitting in a 20th-floor office; you spent your internship conducting market research to launch the latest biomedical device to save lives. You were treated more as an equal rather […]

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The Magic of Masa Israel By Julie Katz

I learned more in my five months in Israel than I did in all four years of college. My parents don’t enjoy hearing this (sorry Mom and Dad!). Of course, college was incredibly valuable in many ways. But you learn by experiencing, and I have never experienced more than I did through Masa Israel. Masa […]

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Q&A with Sage Paquette-Cohen, Tikkun Olam Alumna

Sage Paquette-Cohen has always wanted to make a difference. Inspired by the mission of Masa Israel, Sage traveled to Tel Aviv for 10 months after graduating from Emerson College. Through Tikkun Olam Tel Aviv-Yafo, she interned at a pre-school for children with disabilities that focused on serving Arab and Jewish Israeli students equally from a […]

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Carol Kaplan: One Girl, One Desert, One Journey

Carol Kaplan, Permaculture Design Course Certificate at Kibbutz Lotan and the Shvil Israel with Walk About Love, Alumna ‘12   After spending a semester in Israel a few years ago, I have made the choice to attain my MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence under the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis […]

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Israeli 9 – 5: In the Life of WUJS Alumna Rachel Ethridge

Originally published on Finding Florentine on October 2015 by Rachel Ethridge, WUJS Alumna ’15 My life in Israel has always had an end date. If you’ve met me since I’ve moved here you know that on February 7th my butt will be seated on a double decker plane headed out of the Middle East towards […]

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5 Internships That Will Make Your Resume Stand Out

Looking to travel to Israel, yet don’t want to put a hold on your academic studies? No worries! Take a look at 5 internships that you can apply to in Israel that will make your resume much more appealing to US companies. It will allow your resume to appear more diverse.   Marketing and Public […]

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5 Art Inspired Internships You Can Do In Israel

Landing an art related job can be challenging. Employers want experience and a creative portfolio in order to be considered for the position. One way many people are able to get into the field of their careers is by interning. Having an internship on your resume will make you stand out among the competition and […]

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7 Internships You Can Only Do In Israel

1) Quality Assurance Internship, Side-Kick Games: At Side-Kick Games, an Israel-based game-development studio, an internship position is available to assure video game quality. Side-Kick Games works in the field of virtual reality headsets, Xbox360 Kinect, phones, tablets, and more. You’ll be divulging any bugs or mechanical issues directly to the management after working with the […]

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5 Best Bars in Jerusalem

Are you on a Masa Israel Program and looking for things to do in your time off from studying and volunteering? Check out the top five bars located throughout Jerusalem! 1.       The Shuka Looking to get away from the crowds and meet other students? Located in the Machane Yehuda Shuk, the Shuka Bar was opened by […]

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A Financial Breakdown Of Doing An Internship Experience In Israel

By: Rachel Blaifeder Having an internship, living in Israel…what could be better! But… how much would that cost? Whether you’re doing a four, five or ten month-long program, financial costs can range, but no need to research the costs on your own – we’ve done it for you! Below you can find a complete financial […]

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3 Ways Tikkun Olam In Tel Aviv-Jaffa Can Change Your Life

By: Rachel Blaifeder Looking to spend some time in Israel? Want to make the most out of your time abroad? Look no further than Tikkun Olam, a 5 or 10 month volunteering program that will give you both a meaningful and rewarding experience. Here are three ways that this program can and will change your […]

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Green Lines and Grey Areas

by Shachar May “Liminal” is a favorite word of mine.  Coming from the Latin “limen,” meaning “threshold”, the word originated to describe a person’s state while they are in the midst of a transformative ritual – the in-between state where they are neither here nor there. These days, it’s an esoteric term used in anthropology […]

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Career Israel: Daniel Vapne Profile

Career Israel participant Daniel Vapne gave us an insight on his Masa Israel Journey and how it helped him grow professionally. After getting his B.A in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University, Daniel decided to take an internship with Medix, a private physical therapy clinic in Israel. During his internship, he was able to apply […]

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It takes two to Tango, in Israel

By Amy Albertson It’s always better when we’re together Yes, the rumors are true. Many Masa Israel participants meet their significant others during their programs. It makes perfect sense—you’re both in Israel for a long-term experience, you’re meeting tons of new people, and discovering lots of new things about yourselves, this country, and life. But […]

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Connecticut Jewish Ledger: Spotlight on Daniel Hammerman

By Cindy Mindell “When Daniel Hammerman of Stamford graduated from American University in May, he decided to translate his BA in international relations into just such an opportunity. He was accepted to the Yahel Social Change Program, a nine-month service-learning immersion experience of Masa Israel Journey in the Arab-Israeli community of Lod and the Ethiopian-Israeli […]

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JTA: Nevada Jewish vote in question due to Shabbat date, caucus confusion

By Ron Kampeas LAS VEGAS (JTA) – Jewish voters in Nevada suffer the same affliction as anyone else ahead of caucuses in the presidential race: No one is quite sure how the damn system works. “A big part of what we do is to educate people about what a caucus is,” said Joel Wanger, the […]

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Which International Career Development Experience is Right for You?

From internships, to business school, to coding bootcamps and beyond, Masa Israel can help put you on the path to your ideal career—and an exciting future. Find out where your journey will take you:

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An Immediate Connection

By Andrea Nadel, Career Israel alumna Misha and I met on Career Israel in 2009, and we had an immediate connection. We very quickly realized we wanted to be together. After finishing Career Israel in 2010 we returned to Minneapolis and Cincinnati, our respective hometowns, to figure out our next steps and, hopefully, find jobs […]

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Baltimore Jewish Times: From Crofton to Clinton

Joel Wanger cites his Jewish faith as a factor in becoming politically active By Daniel Schere It was the deep-seated Jewish values of social justice that spurred Crofton, Md., native Joel Wanger to become involved in politics. Wanger “fell in love” with the campaign lifestyle while in college at Northeastern University in Boston, he said, […]

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C&G News: WB native teaches, and learns, in Israel

By Mike Koury Becca Garfinkel, seen here standing before the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa, Israel, will spend another six months abroad teaching students English. (Photo provided by Becca Garfinkel) WEST BLOOMFIELD — Becca Garfinkel always wanted to be able to travel around the world. Now, as part of a volunteer program, she gets to do […]

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Israel Government Fellows’ Evening with President Reuven Rivlin

Many visitors stand outside of the well-guarded President’s Residence on Jerusalem’s HaNasi Street, hoping to catch a glimpse of President Reuven Rivlin himself, but few people ever see the inside of his home. Last month, however, Masa Israel’s very own Israel Government Fellows were lucky enough to enter and even meet President Rivlin. Israel Government […]

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Cleveland.Com: Monica Arkin’s Career Israel Story

By Jeff Piorkowski Israel: Beachwood High School 2011 graduate Monica Arkin, 22, is currently living in Jerusalem and participating in Masa Israel’s Career Israel program. The program involves a five-month, intensive internship in which college graduates are placed for professional development. Last month, Monica participated in Masa’s Leadership Summit, an exclusive seminar designed in partnership with […]

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My Work with Migrant Communities in Israel and the United States

By Kayci Merritté, Yahel Social Change Program alumna Me (center) with friends from Yahel If I had to choose two words to describe my eight-and-a-half months in Ramat Eliyahu, they would be ‘challenging’ and ‘rewarding’: I moved somewhere completely new. I learned a language starting from the very basics. I lived and worked with people […]

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Which Masa Israel Journey Service-Learning Experience is Right for You?

Masa Israel Journey’s volunteer experiences help you build your skills to change the world by creating change for communities that need it. Take our quiz to find out which opportunity best fits your passions:

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Leading Change in Lod

As the son of a Conservative rabbi, Daniel Hammerman, 22, grew up surrounded by all things Judaism and Israel. “I felt very connected at a young age,” the Stamford, Connecticut native explained, in discussing his decision to participate in a Masa Israel volunteer program focusing on Arab-Jewish coexistence. “Growing up with this knowledge made me […]

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The Top 6 Reasons to Intern in Israel

Masa Israel Journey’s internships in Israel offer you the perfect combination of resume-boosting career development, personal growth, and life experience abroad. Find out what our alumni say are the top reasons to intern in Israel: 1. Real Responsibility, Serious Skill-Building   “My internship with the Ministry of Defense has not been one of sitting in […]

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