Migdal Ha’Emek is home to a variety of underserved Jewish populations, including recent immigrants from Ethiopia, the Former Soviet Union, North Africa and South America. The town was founded in the 1950s as a ma’abara–a settlement camp for the Middle Eastern and North African Jewish immigrants who poured into Israel shortly after Independence. As a town whose origins comprise of groups of people looking to build a new life in Israel, Migdal Ha’emek is faced with many societal challenges, which provides Masa Israel Teaching Fellows with a rewarding opportunity to make a difference.
Migdal HaEmek is home to a Jewish population whose school system traditionally lags behind those in better-off areas of Israel. You will spend 4 days each week assisting an English teacher in a local elementary or middle school. Your work is crucial in helping to provide equal educational opportunities, while providing under-achieving students with important role models. In addition, Fellows will volunteer each week with an organization in the city in order to fully experience the cultural diversity of the region.
You’ll live in an apartment in a community close to the school you will work in (walking distance or a short bus ride). Your apartment will be equipped with all of the basics (furniture, kitchen supplies, etc.), as well as wireless internet. You’ll get to experience day-to-day life in your community, alongside your Israeli neighbors, and will also be part of a community of young Israeli activists from other BINA projects in the area.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Migdal HaEmek is organized by BINA. The BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture operates a broad range of programming for Jewish young adults from around the world based on pluralistic Jewish study and community service, putting the Jewish values of “tikkun olam” (repairing the world) into action through projects focusing on coexistence, social activism and pluralistic Jewish learning. As a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow on a BINA program, you will have the opportunity to experience educational enrichment programming from one of Israel’s leading movements in Jewish social justice while connecting with Israeli peers working in the same communities through other BINA projects.
Population: Migdal HaEmek: 24,800
Known for: Rich history, diverse cultures