• Masa Israel Journey participants with outstanding Israeli sportspeople Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi, Andi Ram, and Karen Leibowitz

    Masa Israel Journey participants with outstanding Israeli sportspeople Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi, Andi Ram, and Karen Leibowitz

    Benjamin Rutland
  • Outstanding Israeli sportsmen, Andi Ram and Arik Ze'evi address Masa Israel Journey participants at the event at the Jerusalem International Convention Center

    Outstanding Israeli sportsmen, Andi Ram and Arik Ze'evi address Masa Israel Journey participants at the event at the Jerusalem International Convention Center

    Benjamin Rutland
  • Andi Ram, Israeli tennis player and Grand Slam winner, speaks with Masa Israel participants at event at Jerusalem International Convention Center

    Andi Ram, Israeli tennis player and Grand Slam winner, speaks with Masa Israel participants at event at Jerusalem International Convention Center

    Benjamin Rutland
  • Panel of outstanding sportspeople shade their eyes from the stage-lights while answering questions from Masa Israel participants

    Panel of outstanding sportspeople shade their eyes from the stage-lights while answering questions from Masa Israel participants

    Benjamin Rutland
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One million volunteer days every year

3,000 young Jews from around the world, participants in long-terms programs through Masa Israel Journey, attended the Masa Israel Journey Conference and End of 2012-2013 Academic Year Event at the Jerusalem International Convention Centre this past Monday.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: The Masa program participants were addressed by the Israeli Minister of the Economy, Naftali Bennett, and Chairman of Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky. They also participated in a panel discussion with the outstanding Israeli sportsmen and women Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi, Karen Leibowitz, and Andi Ram. 

Olympic medalist, judoka Arik Ze'evi said, “After a year in Israel, you will be the best ambassadors for our country.”

Naftali Bennett, Minister of the Economy said: “I salute those of you who are planning on making Aliyah. We need every one of you. For those of you that are planning to return home, I am certain that after a year here, the State of Israel will remain close to your hearts and that you will continue to visit us.”

Natan Sharansky held an open dialogue with the students during which he told them: “Masa participants discover their roots while visiting Israel and they discover that the Jewish people is one family. It is very important to us that you feel part of our family and that you represent us upon your return home.”

The event also marked a landmark accomplishment: an estimated one million volunteer hours contributed by Masa participants to the State of Israel every year. All 200 Masa programs, from internship experiences to academic opportunities and everything in between, include volunteerism and social action among their core elements.

Masa Israel Journey is a joint project of Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel. Its aim is to strengthen the connection between young Jews around the world and the State of Israel.  Participants spend 5-10 months in Israel and can choose from a wide range of programs involving volunteer work, studying or professional internships.  Over 10,000 young Jews from 60 countries participate in Masa programs each year. Upon their return to their home countries, many graduates become involved with their local Jewish communities and become ambassadors for Israel.

 

26 Aug 2013 / 20 Elul 5773 0
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