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

"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

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