Masa Beikvot is a yearlong program for Israeli Russian-speaking students which includes study sessions, student-led initiatives and the "Phoenix" journey following Jewish life in Eastern Europe, along with dozens of other students from the former Soviet Union.
In 2016-2017 Masa Beikvot includes 30 Russian-speaking Israeli students from Hillel Centers across Israel.
The program is initiated and supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group.
Genesis Philanthropy Group’s mission is to develop and enhance a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide, with a particular emphasis on the former Soviet Union, North America, and Israel, where up to three million Russian-speaking Jews reside.
As part of the program, students undergo an academic program before and after the journey to Eastern Europe, which deals with the complexity of Israeli- Jewish-Russian identity. In addition, the participating students carry out beneficial initiatives among the local population in Beersheba, raising awareness of the issues among students on their campuses.
Among the initiatives executed during the two previous cycles of the program, participants produced a cookbook with Holocaust survivors called "Once Upon a Kitchen Counter," held a fundraising party for new immigrants to Israel and convened musical events with elders called the "Sound of Youth."
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