Bring on the Tears, an MITF Story By Allison Paisner

And so, one by one the goodbyes commence. Doors are closing and I’m currently in this limbo where none are yet opening. Goodbye to school, to Petach Tikva, to Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, to Israel Experience, to my volunteer project with the Petach Tikva Department of Environment Education, and to my friends and family in Continue Reading

A Look Inside MITF's Youth Village Location with Deena Martin

At the time I decided to spend a year abroad on Masa Israel Teaching Fellows my life was in a whirlwind. For a long time I had a desire to volunteer abroad and with my current situation, I had to take the plunge. I researched different regions and programs throughout the world yet, something within Continue Reading

Haaretz: Letters to the Editor: Responses to Arab English Teachers in Jewish Schools

By Tamar Zilbershatz, Director of Service and Gap Programs at Masa Israel Journey Another resource to address English teacher shortage In response to “With Qualified English Teachers in Short Supply, Israel’s Jewish Schools Start Courting Arabs” (, August 9). Judy Maltz addresses the shrinking number of English teachers available to work in Israel’s schools. As Continue Reading

Washington Jewish Week: Opposites Attract

Blake Yospa and Rachel Leeds met in Israel, while they were Masa Israel Teaching Fellows By Daniel Schere Finding a soulmate wasn’t the first thing on Blake Yospa and Rachel Leeds’ minds in 2014 as they began a year with the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program in Rishon LeZion, Israel. But as the spring of Continue Reading

The New Hampshire Jewish Reporter: Learning with the Jews of Poland

  By Rebecca Haas, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Alumna On a rainy Friday evening in May, I entered a JCC to participate in a Shabbat dinner. As I walked through the lobby, the aromas of brisket and warm bread filled the air. I passed tables laid out with enough salads and appetizers to serve a Continue Reading

Detroit Jewish News: Poland's Jewish Community

This spring, Detroit-area native Lauren Levinson took a break from teaching in Netanya to travel to Poland with the Masa-GLI Wilf Family Holocaust Education Program. She wrote about her experience in the Detroit Jewish News:  

Florida Jewish Journal: Masa Israel was a life-changing trip for participant

By Sergio Carmona Kenneth Hice of Palmetto Bay had a life-changing experience in Israel that shaped his connection to his Judaism more than two years ago. Hice was a participant of Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF), a program that brings American Jews to Israel to gain valuable teaching experience as they help to close Israel’s Continue Reading

The Conflict With Identity

By Ariel Rubinstein How does a self-hating Jewish Israeli American go from cursing at the sight of anything Jewish or Israel related to volunteering for a year in Israel? I don’t really know how it happened, but that’s my story.   I grew up in an Israeli household in Las Vegas and I didn’t have Continue Reading

A Weekend in Beit She’an

By Monica Arkin, Masa Israel Alumna Growing up in the Jewish community in Cleveland, I always learned about our awesome partnership region: Beit She’an and the Valley and Springs. In fact, this year marks the 20th anniversary of our partnership together so I was especially eager to spend some quality time there. I have always Continue Reading

jWeekly: Teaching English in Israel is ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

By Shoshana Hebshi, j. correspondent Matt Barsalou had to admit it. He was hooked on Israel. During a Birthright Israel trip in 2013, just after he had graduated from college, Barsalou fell madly in love with Israel — so much so that a year later he found himself on an airplane back to the country. Continue Reading