"Lights... Camera... ENGLISH!"

by Sam Wolf Lewis   Lights, camera, action! Every student at Dvir School in Ashdod knows these three English words. I have been teaching in Israel for six months and during the first two months, I taught English lessons using the traditional methods-workbooks, charts, and figures. Progress was okay, but  I began to think the Continue Reading

Detroit Jewish News: Israel Fellowship

Masa Israel Teaching Fellows Ashdod alumnus (2013-2014) and Detroit-area native, Josh Finn wrote a great piece for Detroit Jewish News about his MITF experience and how it’s helped him continue his journey to becoming an American Sign Language interpreter:

Texas Jewish Post: Arlington-born Unger teaching Israeli kids English

By Ben Tinsley Max Unger, a 26-year-old Texas-Arlington graduate, tutors underprivileged students in Ramle-Lod. In a place very far removed from his hometown of Arlington, native Texan Max Unger teaches English to Israeli children in Ramle-Lod through Masa Israel’s Teaching Fellows program. The 26-year-old University of Texas at Arlington graduate said this is an incredibly Continue Reading

From the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean

By Rachel Piper, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, Ashdod alumna Sam and I were strangers when we first met in Ashdod, little did we know we would spend the next few years together. I met him, along with my 14 other roommates, when I hopped out of the cab from the airport, excited for the new Continue Reading

Some Things Are Worth Waiting For

By Blake Yospa, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows, Rishion LeZion alumnus In winter 2014, I finally got the chance to visit Israel after being selected for a Birthright trip. I extended my stay in Israel with my friend who was on Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Netanya. While in Netanya, I joined my friend while she taught Continue Reading

‘It was a little bit b’sheret'

In the fall of 2013, Debbie Stone and Seth Reder – both 26 at the time – happened to choose the same year to take a break from their careers to discover themselves and explore their Jewish identities. They also happened to choose the same Masa Israel program in the same city: Masa Israel Teaching Continue Reading

5 Very Unique Things About Living and Teaching in an Israeli Youth Village

By Deena Martin and Emma Jaszczak, Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Ben Shemen Youth Village   1. You will suddenly become the proud pseudo-owner of approximately 100 new cats, dogs, horses, cows, and (1) sheep. A youth village is a very communal place, and that community includes a plethora of animals. This coexistence comes in Continue Reading

The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle: Ten Months in Israel for Shorewood native

By Rob Golub Marissa Steinhofer, 23, grew up in Wauwatosa and then moved to Shorewood. She’s teaching English to children in Israel. Marissa Steinhofer, 23, is not best friends with Miley Cyrus. Yes, the pop star who played “Hannah Montana” is from Franklin, Tennessee, which is in the United States, which is where Steinhofer is Continue Reading

Where Should You Teach English in Israel?

Applications for Masa Israel Teaching Fellows are officially open. Find out where you should live, teach and volunteer:

Raising the Bar on English Education in Israel

Ask Israeli students what Masa Israel Teaching Fellows are doing in Israel and they’ll tell you that Fellows are there to make learning English fun. Masa Israel Teaching Fellows are tasked with improving English learning outcomes of elementary and middle school students in low-income neighborhoods throughout Israel. As high English proficiency is an admissions requirement Continue Reading