The Jewish Standard: Masa-ing English in Israel

20141204_12-1Benjamin Winik is flanked by two of his students, left. Molly Winik at the base of Masada. That’s an ibex behind her (Photo Credit: Michael Winik). Perrin Bernard at the Ramle market.

By Abigail Klein Leichman, The Jewish Standard

When Benjamin Winik of Haworth finished his bachelor’s degree in political science at McGill University in Montreal, he considered teaching English in France for a year. Then he received an email from Taglit-Birthright Israel — he’d participated in a free Birthright tour of Israel in 2010 — informing him of the possibility of teaching English in Israel through Masa Israel Teaching Fellows.

“I liked how the program in Israel sounded; they give you a lot more support,” said Mr. Winik, now 24. “Moving to a foreign country is never easy, so you need that support system.”

His experience teaching fourth- to sixth-graders in Rishon LeZion in 2012 to 2013 made him so fond of living in Israel that he opted to study for a master’s in political science at Tel Aviv University the following year. He now lives in Washington, D.C., but his 22-year-old sister, Molly, has followed in his footsteps as a teaching fellow in the same Israeli school where he taught.

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