Nazareth is located in the Jezreel Valley, in Israel’s Lower Galilee region. Today, the area is known for its mixed Arab-Jewish population and beautiful green vistas.
As the largest Arab city in Israel, Nazareth has a deep history dating back thousands of years. Today, it is a vibrant center of Arab-Israeli life as well as a window into the authentic Middle Eastern spirit. As a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Nazareth,you’ll have the opportunity to explore this vibrant city and its rich history, while serving its population of Arab citizens of Israel.
Nazareth is home to a large Arab population, with a school system that traditionally lags behind those in better-off areas of Israel. Of 40 of the most impoverished towns and cities in Israel, 36 of them have a majority Arab population, in part due to lower educational attainment in general. You will spend 4 days each week assisting an English teacher in a local elementary or middle school. Your work is crucial in helping to provide equal educational opportunities, while providing underachieving students with important role models. In addition, Fellows will volunteer each week with an organization in the city in order to fully experience the cultural diversity of the region.
You’ll live in an apartment in a community close to the school you will work in (walking distance or a short bus ride). Your apartment will be equipped with all of the basics (furniture, kitchen supplies, etc.), as well as wireless internet. You’ll get to experience day-to-day life in your community, alongside your Israeli neighbors, and will also be part of a community of young Israeli activists from other BINA projects in the area.
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Nazareth is organized by BINA. The BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture operates a broad range of programming for Jewish young adults from around the world based on pluralistic Jewish study and community service, putting the Jewish values of “tikkun olam” (repairing the world) into action through projects focusing on coexistence, social activism and pluralistic Jewish learning. As a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow on a BINA program, you will have the opportunity to experience educational enrichment programming from one of Israel’s leading movements in Jewish social justice while connecting with Israeli peers working in the same communities through other BINA projects.
Population: Nazareth: 81,410 Migdal HaEmek: 24,800
Known for: Rich history, diverse cultures