First Adventures in Israel

By Katie Spector, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Beit She’an   I’ve now been in Israel 6 days and let me tell you how fantastic it is! We went to the Golan Heights for a seminar and spent time with the other Masa Tlalim members from Be’er Sheva and Netyana. It was great getting to Continue Reading

Home, Sweet Home

By Tami Greenberg, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Migdal Ha’emek   A lot has happened since my week in Jerusalem. On Thursday, the English woman I met at the hostel and I took the hostel shuttle to Tel Aviv. We spent a wonderful day on the beach, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, before heading to Continue Reading

So This Is Where We Live

By Ally Cohen, Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Ashdod   We spent our third day of the program touring the two cities we are stationed in: Ashdod and Ramle (also know as Ramla). We started with a tour of Ramle. We had an adorable tour guide named Kostas who is an Arab Christian. He told Continue Reading

San Diego Jewish Journal: Inspired to Give Back

By Caline Chitayat Jamie Gold, a San Fernando Valley native, was 25 years old when she went on Birthright. “I actually had no desire to [go to Israel], but I was in a job that I couldn’t stand and I wanted to go on vacation,” Gold recalls. A couple of her friends convinced her to Continue Reading

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:  

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