JAFI sells MASA to top colleges

Career advisors from seven top American universities are touring Israel with the Jewish Agency for Israel to learn about the MASA program. MASA, a $50 million collaboration between JAFI and the Israeli government, provides grants for Diaspora Jews aged 18-30 to spend extended time in Israel on academic and social-service programs. The grants of $2,000-$4,500 can be used to pay tuition for more than 150 programs. Additional need-based money is available as well. Representatives from Stanford, Tulane, Duke, Emory, the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and the University of Central Florida flew to Israel on Thursday for a week-long trip to familiarize themselves with the program. JAFI wants the universities to recommend MASA programs to their graduating students or alumni.