Volunteer in Israel

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By: Maase Olam

Our latest Sunday tiyul took us to Beit Zarzir, an Arab regional council situated south east of Haifa and the Carmel Mountains in the outskirts of the valley of Israel (Eretz Israel).

Coming from birthright, one develops a particular picturesque view...

By: Maase Olam

Part of the Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship is to take fellows on trips, or tiyulim, across the country, but often with a focus on the poorer socio-economic regions in what is broadly termed as the periphery of Israeli society. It thus seems only appropriate to start our first daylong tiyul...

By: Maase Olam

Teaching in Israel, or in any foreign country for that matter, can feel like emotional jenga. The responsiveness of those rare, enthusiastic students will send you skipping down the streets, rushing home to plan your next lesson, convinced that your ideas as an educator are the Jewish State’s most valuable imports since mazgan and sunblock.

But the lows are, conversely, pretty low....

By: Maase Olam

You'd think an American biology nerd would be superfluous in a country rife with Nobel Prize winners, globally lauded science institutions, and technological innovations galore. But despite Israel's reputation as a leading nation in biotechnology, crystallography and physics, science education is not readily accessible to all sectors of Israel's population. For this reason, Yale-bound Tara...

By: Maase Olam

Illinois native Hannah Turner is a staunch social activist. After graduating from Haverford College with a degree in Psychology, she faced a familiar dilemma for many educated 20-something Jews: Dive straight into her career in the US, or take time to explore the world, exercise her commitment to social change, and enrich her Jewish identity? After much deliberation and soul searching, she...

By: Maase Olam

Karen Allenick grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and studied social work at Ohio State University. This past year, she lived in Akko, Israel and volunteered as an Israel Service Fellow. “I took the skills I learned from my degree in social work and put them to use working with at-risk youth in different environments in Israel. I worked in schools, after-school centers, community...

By: Maase Olam

After Jennifer Segall graduated with a master’s degree in Elementary Education from George Mason University, she was looking for her next steps. She had gone on Taglit-Birthright in 2008 and always wanted to go back to Israel, but didn’t know how. When her rabbi sent her an e-mail about Israel Teaching Fellows, she knew she had found the right program. “This program involves...