Masa Israel offers young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 immersive, life-changing “gap year”, study abroad, post-college and volunteer experiences in Israel, connecting them to programs that meet their interests, offering grants and needs-based scholarships, providing expertise, and supporting them throughout the entire process. Masa Israel was established in 2004 with the vision that all Jewish young adults would have the opportunity to spend a semester to a year in Israel, and believe that long-term experiences in Israel can effectively shape and inspire the next generation of Jewish leaders and strengthen their connection to the Jewish people and to Israel.
The Begin Center
The Menachem Begin Heritage Center is the national commemoration project dedicated to Israel’s sixth Prime Minister and operates by virtue of the “Begin Law” passed by the Knesset in 1998.The Center is located on Jerusalem’s Hinnom ridge overlooking Mt. Zion and the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and is open to the public.
It regularly holds informational events highlighting research activities and educational programming in the spirit of the heritage of Menachem Begin, reflecting his specific vision of a secure, Jewish and democratic State of Israel, with respect for individual liberty, social justice, the rule of law and equality for all its citizens. In addition to the Research Institute, there is a reference library
and Mr. Begin’s personal archives.The IGF Program, with its emphasis on leadership, parliamentarism and strengthening the connection of young Jewish people to Israel, is a fitting testament to the legacy of Menachem Begin. (The Center’s website is available at www.begincenter.org.il)