Masa - Israeli Story
‘Israeli Story‘ is a transformative 5-day program for Israeli students in grades 10-12. It is designed as both a physical journey into the natural beauty of Israel and a personal journey of self-discovery and self-development – to engage students in how they fit within Israel’s national story. It affords the students the powerful opportunity to grapple with the issues and divisions in Israeli society in a way which also builds cohesiveness. There is a focus on learning how to disagree respectfully and strengthening students’ commitment to the values of democracy and the common good which underpin Israel. The journey ends with galvanizing students to join the Israeli story and engage with the challenges and opportunities therein.
The journey begins with a strenuous hike in the desert to refocus the students, shifts to more reflective discussions, and culminates in a ceremony with the students’ parents and school community in Tel Aviv.
The ‘Israel Story‘ journey is the culmination of six years of education in Jewish history, culture and national pride taught throughout students’ schooling. The transformative impact and, therefore, the importance of this project cannot be underestimated. However, the high cost associated with travel, lodging, and guides has become a major obstacle to implementing this valuable program across all high schools, particularly in lower socio-economic areas.
In order to enable all students in Tel Aviv-Yafo’s high schools to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience, funding is needed for scholarships to subsidize 20% of the cost of this powerful program.
Total Donation Requested: $275,000.