Netanya is a small coastal city of 183,000 residents located 18 miles north of Tel Aviv. Named for American philanthropist Nathan Strauss, the city encompasses a wide and colorful mix of people. Many of Netanya’s residents originate from Jewish communities in North Africa, Ethiopia, and the former Soviet Union. Netanya is also the home to Israel’s largest population of Persian (Iranian) Jews.
Netanya’s nine miles of white sand beaches rank among the most beautiful in the world, drawing many visitors from Europe and beyond year-round. Situated between Haifa and Tel Aviv, Netanya serves as a vital social and economic link between the northern and southern parts of the country.
After an initial period of pedagogical training, you will work alongside one or more of your peers 25-30 hours each week in a public school, leading small group tutoring sessions. In addition to teaching English, you will work on a secondary community volunteer project for approximately five hours each week, which you can choose according to your background and interests.
The Fellows’ apartments in Netanya are centrally located – a five-minute walk to the beach, near downtown Netanya, and close to the main bus station with connections throughout Israel. Most bedrooms are doubles.
I love Netanya. The weather is great, it’s not too crowded, and most people speak English. The Chinese place on Shtampper is amazing and all the gelato and ice cream places on the Promenade are fantastic. I never have trouble finding anything I need and everything is in walking distance. The shuk has pretty much everything. The sheruts and buses are also convenient if I need something further out of Netanya.
Taylor King, 2013-2014 Fellow
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows in Netanya is organized by Israel Pathways. Israel Pathways is part of Tlalim-Authentic Israel, an educational travel company that also organizes Israel Outdoors – the most popular Taglit-Birthright Israel experience. For over 30 years, Pathways has shared the beauty of Israel with Jewish travelers from around the world. Their mission is to provide participants with an enriching and eye-opening experience in Israel that uses informal education and an inclusive approach, to create a fun and meaningful environment.