Frequently Asked Questions
To be eligible, you must:
- Identify as Jewish.
- Be 21-35 years of age.
- Have earned a Bachelor’s degree by August 1st, 2019.
- Be a native English speaker, meaning you were born or raised in a country where English is the primary language. If you have Israeli citizenship you must have left Israel before the age of 14 and have lived outside of Israel for at least four consecutive years prior to receiving a Masa Israel grant or scholarship.
We start the week on Sunday with enrichment programming for all our fellows run either by Ramah Israel or Masa Israel Journey. Following that, you will work four days at your school, and have one day off (in coordination with your in-school mentor’s schedule). You will volunteer in the community one afternoon a week. Some weeks there will be special evening or Shabbat programming for the group. In general, Shabbat is your time to relax and enjoy the special atmosphere in Israel.
Ramah Israel has a proven track record of delivering excellent Israel experiences for over half a century. Our MITF program is the only one based in Jerusalem, the heart of the Jewish people, and an unparalleled location to explore your Jewish identity With Ramah, you’ll be part of a warm, supportive Conservative Jewish community, and also have the chance to explore the plurality of Jewish expression in the Holy City.
The schools are chosen by Israel’s Ministry of Education based on educational needs. You will be assigned to a school either on your own, or together with another fellow. The schools are located all over Jerusalem, with some secular, some religious, and some other.
You are not required to know any Hebrew, but we offer free and compulsory Ulpan Hebrew courses for our fellows. The classes are usually held about once a week by a language instructor, and fellows are placed in groups according to level. Keep in mind that you’ll also be learning Hebrew through your day-to-day interactions with Israelis in the community you’ll be living in.
Inappropriate behavior, drug use, violence, danger to other participants or oneself, criminal offenses, and any out of the ordinary discipline problem will lead to immediate removal from the program. Remember that failure to complete the full 10-month program will mean you will not be reimbursed for your flight. If you do not complete the program you may be asked to absorb some of the cost of the scholarship granted or your deposit may be non-refundable.