Masa BeIsrael (Traveling Israel) is a unique project of the Youth Village, based on unravelling and strengthening the Jewish, Israeli and Zionist identity of youth in Israel, while traveling the land and connecting the students to Israel by visiting its historical sites. The educational process starts at the Village, with workshops built around personal, social and cultural experience and culminates during the trips themselves.
Traveling Israel has two major goals: first, to encourage collaboration between Jewish Organizations in order to maximize use of resources. We do that by integrating the Autistic children of Magshimim, a school which is under the auspices of the Youth Village, with the rest of our students, coming from various backgrounds: religious and secular, sabras and new immigrants from France and the former Soviet Union. All experience Israel and its heritage by traveling together. Second, Traveling Israel nurtures and advances Jewish values, as Social Justice and Tikkun Olam by strengthening the sense of belonging to the Jewish People, the historical land and the State of Israel, while encouraging the students to be active members of the community. The new immigrants receive the same opportunities for travel and education as the students who are born in Israel.
There is a clear need for this project for the students of the Village. The majority of our students are new immigrants, making Aliyah alone, without their families. Coming from the Russian Federation, most of them are not connected to their Jewish roots and identity and to the State of Israel. In order to instill them with these values, thestudents must travel the land and get acquainted with the historical and biblical places which are so important to the Jewish people in Israel.
The objectives of this project are threefold:
- To clarify and strengthen the personal Jewish and Israeli identity.
- To increase the feeling of belonging and responsibility to the Jewish people, the land and the state of Israel.
- To encourage the students to be a part of a larger Jewish community.
The need is to have several trips in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the Traveling Israel Program.