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The Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program is a partnership between Masa Israel Journey, Israel’s Ministry of Education, and The Jewish Agency for Israel. The prestigious fellowship provides young Jews from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand with a 10-month experience living in Israel and volunteering through teaching English in schools. The program aims to close the educational achievement gap in Israel’s education system through small group instruction and tutoring at schools identified as in need of additional assistance by the Israeli Ministry of Education. The Fellowship runs from late August to June. College graduates ages 21 to 30 who are interested in teaching English to Israeli children are invited to apply to participate in the 2017-2018 class of Masa Israel Teaching Fellows.
Updated: Oct. 10, 2016
Spend three weeks (July 9 – 31, 2017) in Israel on a service learning adventure! Designed specifically for New York area teens, this trip will take you on a hands-on inspirational journey. Traveling through all parts of the country, you’ll explore issues of environmental consciousness along with the technology and resources at the forefront of agricultural advancements and social sustainability. Through the exploration of Jewish values in these tangible contexts, examining the issues driving global change, you’ll return home armed and ready to make improvements in your local community.
Updated: Oct. 09, 2016
At the inaugural Service Matters: A Summit on Jewish Service last week, more than 200 people joined together, committed to elevate the place of volunteer service in American Jewish life. The Summit was hosted by Repair the World with more than 35 partners from across the fields of Jewish service, social justice, leadership development, and communal engagement. Together, participants uncovered existing breakthroughs and generated new ideas to create meaningful Jewish service experiences that address inequalities and injustices in society. Summit speakers and panelists shared personal stories about their motivations to serve; how the field can work to engage more people in service and learning; and how those service experiences can be most meaningful for participants and the local communities with which they serve. Topics for breakout sessions were crowdsourced from attendees – including some chosen in real time via online poll.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016
As more Jewish organizations work to engage individuals, particularly young adults, in innovative ways, a new toolkit – We Plant Seeds: A How-to Guide for Effective Jewish Service-learning Programs – offers a range of activities for meaningful, effective, and authentic volunteer service experiences proven to attract and retain those audiences. Produced by Repair the World and Avodah, the toolkit’s activities draw on the organizations’ many years of leadership in Jewish service learning and represent best practices in deepening the experience and impact of participants. The toolkit release comes on the heels of a new report, Building Jewish Community through Service, which shows the increasing numbers of young adults engaging in Jewish life through service.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016
The inaugural “Service Matters: A Summit on Jewish Service” will be held in New York September 15, 2016, bringing together a diverse group of professionals, social entrepreneurs, current and prospective funders, Jewish educators, and others working to engage people – especially Jewish millennials – in meaningful service through a Jewish lens. Speakers and sessions will explore innovations in service, how service relates to justice, how service relates to faith, the funding of service initiatives, and the overall state of the Jewish service field today. Presenters and session facilitators will include both Jewish and non-Jewish educators, nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, politicians, actors, and others who are both committed to service and have successes and challenges to share. The Summit will be followed the next day with a day of Service opportunities.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
Both BBYO and Repair the World are organizations, but they each work to fuel, build and empower a movement. BBYO is reaching 80,000 teens across 34 countries – including more than 19,000 AZA and BBG teen leaders – inspiring and training them to make a difference at home and around the world. Repair supports young American Jews acting for social change through meaningful service in their communities, reaching 100,000 Jewish young adults and enlisting 30,000 just last year in service with a Jewish lens. While BBYO’s mission is about more than service, and Repair’s is about more than teens, we’ve found a powerful opportunity in working together on a shared agenda of building a teen movement committed to making a difference in the world.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2016
Birthright is an amazing, eye-opening adventure. What is also true, is that a well-designed extension program which gives participants time to reflect on their initial tour, deepening their connection to Jewish spirituality and community, will result in an even greater impact. After all the effort and resources invested in bringing the participants to Israel, it is worth our while to ensure that the experience is maximized. After being one of the original Birthright trip providers for the first nine years, Livnot U’Lehibanot began offering extension programs instead. These programs have run for the past six years, without a major sponsor, due to the determination of a team of dedicated educators and staff, with support from alumni and long-time friends of Livnot. We are grateful that the Jim Joseph Foundation has now awarded a grant to help support our one-week Northern Exposure extension, which enriches the Birthright experience.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2016
How do we help Jewish youth answer the question “mi anochi?” in a way that connects them to the larger story of our people – our rich history, traditions, values, community, text, rituals – while also being deeply personal, relevant, and offering them an inner sense of self and a personal story for who they are, who they want to be, and how they want to exist in the world? This grappling has led me to a new understanding of what it means to be an Experiential Jewish Educator. In my role of helping youth wrestle with the question “mi anochi,” I have come to see myself most predominantly as a Narrator.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2015
Demystifying a Black Box: A Grounded Theory of How Travel Experiences Impact the Jewish Identity Development of Jewish Emerging Adults
The positive impact on the Jewish Identity Development of Jewish Emerging Adults of both the 10 day trips to Israel popularly known as Birthright trips and the service learning trips commonly known as Alternative Spring Breaks has been well-documented. However, the mechanics of how this positive impact occurs has not been well-understood. This grounded theory study interviewed participants from both trips and found that there is an observable and ongoing cognitive processing of their trip experience by the participants that organically influences identity development. This process can be modeled and utilized to develop more effective staff training and program content for Jewish experiential education travel programs.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2015
Since the release of the Pew study in 2013, there has been much hand-wringing in the Jewish community, with some calling this, again, a time of crisis. There is fear of increasing rates of assimilation and growing disaffiliation from traditional institutions. This was especially apparent in the recent statement, Strategic Directions for Jewish Life: A Call to Action, signed by many respected colleagues. We do not accept this doom and gloom picture of a dying Jewish community, and we think the analysis and recommendations in the document are too limited. As leaders of Jewish social justice initiatives, we see instead an incredibly exciting moment in Jewish life, in which Jews of all generations are experimenting with new modes of practice, diving into learning, creating new Jewish cultural expressions, and drawing on Jewish wisdom and our Jewish traditions to inspire engagement with the world. Rather than mourning the changes in modes of affiliation, we should celebrate this moment and determine how the many different parts of our community might respond expansively and creatively. We want more new voices at the table and more ideas for next steps to be shared.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2015