This year marks the tenth anniversary of Masa Israel Teaching Fellows (MITF), a Masa Israel Journey experience in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Education. The 2020-21 Fellows have arrived from various countries and states including Oregon teachers Jacob Stover, Brooke Adams and Beatriz Herzberg.
Under the strict guidelines and with approval from Israel’s Ministry of Health, Fellows arrived in Israel before the academic year opened for a two-week mandatory quarantine to benefit the safety of students, staff, and the Fellows themselves. Throughout their 10-month teaching experience, Fellows will gain a deeper understanding of Israel’s education system and the communities in which they will work. Fellows will teach English in schools across Israel’s social and demographic periphery. They are prepared to teach in small groups and online as coronavirus restrictions require. More than 100 schools and thousands of students will benefit from the program.
Longtime English teacher, Orit Ezra, started working with MITF three years ago. “Today, I can’t see myself teaching without Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. Thanks to the volunteers, I have a solution for students at every level of English. Because of MITF, students start speaking English as early as first and second grade, and their confidence with the language increases,” she shares.
Acting CEO of Masa, Ofer Gutman, says “Masa Israel Teaching Fellows is one of our flagship programs, demonstrating the uncompromising commitment of young Jews from around the world to the State of Israel and Israeli society. This year, when students are divided into smaller groups or study online due to coronavirus restrictions, the addition of dozens of English teachers takes on even greater significance and helps meet the needs of Israel’s education system.”
About Masa Israel Journey: Masa Israel Journey is the largest immersive, long-term educational experience for young adults ages 18-30. On its programs that range from two months to a year, Masa offers an authentic, unmediated and challenging journey into Israeli society, culture, politics and history – and acts as the largest pipeline for the Jewish Diaspora to access the finest Israeli businesses, social enterprises and academic institutions. Since its 2004 founding by The Jewish Agency and government of Israel, Masa has served over 160,000 young people from more than 62 countries.