Masa Israel: Programs in Israel for American Young Adults

The Jewish Agency serves as the primary liaison between the Jewish State and global Jewish communities in the diaspora, operating programs that support vulnerable Israelis, promote knowledge of Israeli culture and society around the world, and facilitate aliyah and integration of immigrants into Israeli society. These programs instill pride, offer hope, and encourage world Jewry to become active contributors to the inspiring story of the Jewish people.

Tripling the number of Jewish young adults joining long-term programs in Israel, Masa Israel Journey offers a wide variety of opportunities, including professional internships, volunteering, skills training, higher education, Judaic studies, sports, arts, and more. All Masa-affiliated programs include Hebrew language study, Jewish and Israel education, social activities with Israeli peers, seminars, and holiday celebrations.

IAJF proudly supports scholarships for Masa participants which enable them to experience these immersive trips and unlock a lifetime of Jewish commitment and involvement by strengthening their connection to Israel. Masa ultimately impacts the next generation of Jewish leaders.

Sponsorship of Pro-Israel College Campus Programming

Hillel International mobilizes its resources in response to Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaigns and partners with the pro-Israel community to both prevent, and respond to, anti-Israel agitation on campus. Through lectures, film screenings, and anti-BDS campaigns, Hillel builds stronger pro-Israel student coalitions and relationships with university faculty, staff, and administrators. Working closely with both student governments and university administrations, Hillel provides strategies and methods to counter severe anti-Israel activities, as well as rapid response messages and solutions to anti-Israel events on campus.

This past year Hillel facilitated over 200 unique speaking engagements at campus Hillels across the United States, engaging 28,000 students on more than 120 college campuses through public pro-Israel events. IAJF supported pro-Israel programming and critical BDS intervention training on campuses in order to educate youth and change the Israel conversation on campus.

Defeat BDS Campaigns Against Israel

Since its establishment, Israel has faced and fought persecution, extremism and anti-Semitism. These are issues of critical concern to the Jewish community at large and need to be addressed both in the U.S. and abroad.

IAJF together with StandWithUs believe that education is the road to peace. Informing the public on facts can correct common prejudices about the Arab-Israeli conflict. StandWithUs ensures that the story of Israel's achievements and ongoing challenges are told in schools, on college campuses and in communities around the world.

IAJF continues to empower more communities to stand up against BDS and to educate people of all ages about Israel.

Caring for the Ill and Elderly in our Community

Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center (JCC) in East Hills, New York promotes Jewish identity by providing a comprehensive program based on Jewish values, traditions, heritage and culture. Sid Jacobson promotes its members wellbeing and offers programs to help individuals physically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually. Services include early childhood, after school programs, camps, health and wellness programs, senior services, support groups and counseling, employment services and more.

IAJF supported customized programs for seniors in the Iranian Jewish community in Great Neck who are frail and memory impaired. This year, Sid Jacobson JCC launched the Adult Day Program at Temple Israel in Great Neck. Members who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's and various other forms of dementia engage in discussions in both English and Farsi and perform chair seated exercises. Starting with a few members, participation is expected to grow rapidly, as the need is significant.

IAJF Supports Conference Honoring Holocaust Survivors, Liberators,
Righteous Among Nations and their Descendants

The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC), located in Glen Cove, New York, is the pre-eminent Holocaust resource on Long Island with a world-class museum and one of the largest and most comprehensive tolerance education programs in our region. Students, teachers, and law enforcement personnel benefit from the broad array of educational programming offered by HMTC. The lessons of the Holocaust provide the foundation for all its programs. The HMTC provides programs, learning materials, and museum tours to the general public about the Holocaust. For those who are unable to personally visit the Center, HMTC offers the unique opportunity to view its programs through videoconferencing. HMTC is one of only three centers outside of Washington, DC authorized to offer Lessons of the Holocaust: Law Enforcement and Society, a unique program co-founded with the Anti-Defamation League specifically created for law enforcement personnel.

IAJF supported the HMTC's day-long Generations conference that took place at Hofstra University in June 2014. Over 700 people including Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans, their descendants, educators and the general public participated in this program. The event included 22 workshops concerning the Holocaust such as; Persecution, Liberators, Sephardic Jews, Rescue, and Partisans. The featured speakers were Maj. General (ret.) Sidney Shachnow, former Commander of the United States Special Forces who holds the distinction of being the only Holocaust Survivor to attain the rank of General in the U.S. military and Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, son of an officer in the German Army during the Nazi era, who is a convert to Judaism.

IAJF Supports the North Shore-LIJ Health System

The IAJF recognizes the importance of quality health care and has provided generous support to Cohen Children's Medical Center and Katz Women's Hospital which are located in New Hyde Park, New York and are both part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

On July 2013, North Shore LIJ hosted a dedication ceremony to unveil IAJF's plaque in the Pediatric Surgical Waiting Room, located in the Atrium of the Cohen Children's Medical Center. With more than 240,000 patient visits per year, this comprehensive children's hospital is the largest provider of medical care in New York State for newborns through young adults. Cohen's Children Hospital provides the highest level of skilled and specialized care delivered with the utmost compassion for the young patients and their caregivers. The hospital is a safety net for children, providing for their unique medical and psycho-social needs in a child and family-friendly environment.

Katz Women's Hospital is a world-class hospital providing superior medical care to women. The hospital offers compassionate and comprehensive care and treatment for a wide range of women's health issues. Because women have unique healthcare needs, there is a focus on maintaining health and wellness as well as providing services in the areas of maternal-fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, infertility and other health issues that impact women and their families.

The IAJF has partnered with North Shore-LIJ Health System
to bring the highest level of medical care to women and children.

IAJF Local Emergency Assistance Program

The primary mission of the IAJF is not only to provide support in Israel but also to help our own community. Since the creation of the Local Emergency Assistance Program in 2008, IAJF has committed to provide assistance to needy and helpless Iranian Jewish community members in the New York metropolitan area.

The recipients of the program fall into one of the following categories:

  • Community members who are unemployed and need one-time cash assistance to survive;
  • Destitute elderly members of the community with no one to turn to;
  • Community members in need of emergency financial assistance;
  • Those who need financial and humanitarian aid during the High Holidays;
  • Distressed businesses in need of loans;
  • Organize or assist in the organization of events to create a social network for the development of skills and provide guidance needed for a successful and bright future amongst the younger generation

Mr. Yosef Shahery has been an active member of the community for decades and has helped those in need for many years. If you need any assistance or know of someone in need, please contact Mr. Shahery at: 516-472-2427. Cases are reviewed discreetly and names are kept strictly confidential.

IAJF is a tax-exempt non-profit organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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