Masa Israel Journey, together with The Jewish Agency and The Government of Israel, has announced the opening of registration for Israel experience programs through summer 2021. Masa has also announced several changes to eligibility for grants and scholarships, resulting from the annual budget agreement between Masa, the Jewish Agency and the Israeli government.
Since 2004, Masa has been the home of long-term experiences in Israel. The organization has brought over 160,000 young adults from 62 countries to Israel for gap year, academic, internship, professional training and service-learning programs. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Masa has continued operations.
“With the significant economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish Agency and the government of Israel reduced Masa’s budget,” said Masa’s Acting CEO Ofer Gutman. “At the same time, demand for Masa programs is increasing significantly as job markets tighten and universities remain closed for in-person classes. With over 7,000 pre-registrations, together with our funders, we had to make difficult choices that advanced our strategic priorities while maximizing our funds. We are actively seeking out new fundraising opportunities that close the gaps created by these budget cuts and match the increasing demand.”
To contend with budgetary cuts, Masa has adjusted eligibility requirements for Masa grants and scholarships. These include changes to the length of programs subsidized for Fellows from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and academic programs. Grants and scholarships for Fellows from North America and the United Kingdom in Jewish studies programs will be limited to participants 22 years and older.
Masa Israel Journey is the largest immersive, long-term educational experience for young adults ages 18-30. Its programs range from two months to a year.