IsraelCast Episode 167
While diaspora and Israeli Jews are inextricably connected, there often seems to be a disconnect between the two groups. Masa Israel is looking to fix that. For over 15 years, Masa Israel Journey has been building bridges between diaspora and Israeli Jews through immersive international experiences in Israel for Jewish young adults, creating memories and lifelong connections for all participants. Host Steven Shalowitz sits down with Ofer Gutman, the CEO of Masa Israel Journey, to discuss his journey, Masa’s different programs, and the importance of fostering understanding between Jews everywhere.
Ofer Gutman serves as the CEO of Masa Israel Journey, which provides immersive international experiences in Israel for Jewish young adults. He previously joined Masa in 2014 as the Vice President of Global Marketing & Sales, where he developed cutting-edge systems that increased the organization’s international reach and engagement. Prior to joining Masa, Gutman served as the CEO of Jerusalem Venture Partners Community, Executive Director of the World Zionist Organization in North America, and Director of Long-Term Programs at Israel Way. Under his tenure, Israel Way became the largest long‑term program organizer for North Americans in Israel.