Joshua Plotnek

Programme: Destination Israel - Community Involvement Duration: 5 months Accommodation: Ramla   In September 2014, I went to Israel to participate in a volunteer program under the Masa Israel organisation, Destination Israel, in the central city of Ramla. My brother had completed the same programme a couple of years ago and it took him only six …

Minna Swindon

Programme: Destination Israel - Hotel & Tourism Internship Duration: 5 months Accommodation: Eilat In December 2014 I decided I wanted a change. I wanted to do something I loved in a place I loved; Israel. I had heard about Masa Israel projects in Israel so I searched it online. I was a bit nervous as I …

Johannah Jolson & ENTI

Masa programme name: Masul Ishi Date: June 2013-April 2014 Duration: 10 months Accomodation: Dimona (Negev), Ramat Aviv (Merkaz), Carmiel (Galil), Tel Aviv (Merkaz) What she was doing: Volunteering at the Matnas in Dimona, learning Hebrew, going on day trips and other programme activities and volunteering at Kishorit (a UJIA project in the Galil). Why she decided to do a Masa …

Samuel Bodansky

Programme: Kibbutz Ulpan Duration: Gap Year Accommodation: Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, Northeast For my gap year, I decided to do something a little different. I knew that I wanted to go to Israel, but was never really sure whether a touring programme or yeshiva-style experience was right for me. Thus when I heard about the Masa …

Isabella Mintz

Programme: Kibbutz Ulpan, Post-College Internship Duration: 4 months Accommodation: Kibbutz Ketura, South As I start to prepare for my third experience in Israel, I’m bursting at the seams with excitement. I came to Israel last year in September 2014. I was bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and eager to learn about my Jewish heritage and to experience Israeli culture. I …

Matt Keston

Programme Name: Intensive Arabic Semester Programme Duration: 5 months Programme Location: Binyamina - South of Haifa - Barkai Kibbutz Name: Matt Keston It was by complete chance that whilst studying to be a History teacher, I was convinced by my friend Emily to go on a free 10  day trip to Israel called Birthright.  Growing …

Meet The Team

As the summer rolls around, we wanted to introduce our new team to all of you! Have questions? Need answers? Want to get more involved? See below! Stacey Abendstern is our Masa Israel Representative in the United Kingdom. She will personally attend events involving our partner organisations: UJS, Traine-Traide, The Jewish Agency for Israel, among others. Graduating …

Shalom!

Our very first post! We wanted to send you off or welcome you back to the United Kingdom! This is a Masa Alumni blog only, used for testimonials and stories of  Masa participants and alumni. How is/was it? Got any good stories? Bad stories? What is/was best about it? Where do/did you live? Who do/did …