Masa Israel/JESNA Joint Initiative Prepares Jewish Students for Careers in Jewish Education


Source: Masa Israel Journey Blog 


Masa Israel Journey and the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) today announced the launch of the Lainer-Masa Israel Fellowship, a two-year program for Jewish young adults interested in careers in Jewish education. This joint venture will engage North American Masa Israel undergraduate university participants while in Israel and place them in a second year internship upon returning to their campuses.


Building on JESNA’s successful Lainer Israel Internship Program and Masa Israel’s access to North American young adults on long-term Israel programs, this new capacity-building initiative is to nurture and prepare a cadre of Jewish college students who are committed to advancing Jewish education and leadership throughout their personal and professional lives.


Accepted students studying abroad at Masa Israel-accredited study abroad programs will enroll in the course, “Issues in American Jewish Education,” participate in fieldwork internships at formal and informal education programs in Israeli schools, youth groups, or community centers, and take part in Shabbatonim, fieldtrips and workshops. After they return to their college campuses, Lainer-Masa Israel Fellows will obtain related internships and mentors, and take part in a winter educational seminar in Malibu, California. Masa Israel and JESNA staff will provide career guidance and professional development information to graduating students.

Updated: Dec. 30, 2010