I, the undersigned, am
participating in a Masa Approved Program organized by a Masa
(hereafter: 'the Program' and 'the Organizer'), under the auspices of Masa
Israel Journey (hereafter: 'the Company'). Masa Israel is a joint initiative by
the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Note: For Participants
younger than 18, a Parent/Guardian must sign on their behalf.
I hereby agree, declare
and accept that:
A. I will remain in Israel until the end of the
Program. I will not travel abroad unless permitted to do so, or during my free
time during the course of the Program, in accordance with Masa Israel’s terms
and the conditions laid down by the Organizer, and on condition that the
vacation is not taken at the start and/or at the end of the program.
B. I understand that the total duration of a
vacation during the program will not exceed two weeks in programs up to and
including six months long and one month in programs longer than six months.
Vacation days set in the program schedule and days
of Chol HaMoed will be considered part of the total of vacation
A participant’s late arrival in the program or early departure from
the program will not be considered participation days, for all intents and
If I arrive in Israel after the start date of the Program or leave
Israel before the Program’s end date, I understand that this will result in a
pro-rata reduction in the financial aid I am entitled to from Masa.
I accept that any vacation time I take over and above the allowable
maximum as described above will result in a pro-rata reduction in the financial
aid I am entitled to from Masa Israel.
C. In order to attend the Program I will pay my part
of the costs, i.e. the cost of the program, less the Masa Israel’s financial
assistance for which I am eligible.
D. I will convey to the Organizer, in writing or
verbally, all relevant information pertaining to my legal status in Israel. I
will provide all necessary documents attesting to my status. I will also advise
the Organizer of any change in my legal status.
E. I will participate fully in all activities,
meetings, tours and hikes included in the Program, especially (but not only)
main Masa Israel events, as determined by the Company.
F. I am aware of all my
obligations, privileges and limitations regarding my stay in Israel during the
Program, especially (but not only) as they pertain to safety and security
This applies equally whether I am on campus (or another base of
activities), on hikes, during my free time, at organized host family events, or
during travel and visits abroad, in accordance with the guidelines provided by
the organizer that appear as Appendix D in the information pamphlet provided by
the Program Organizer.
G. I am aware that the Company is giving me
financial assistance by the way of sharing in the Program costs, and that the
Company receives it’s funding from the Government of Israel and The Jewish
Agency for Israel.
H. I am aware that the Company is not obligated to
assist me financially, even if I successfully complete all the necessary
requirements. In the event that I apply for financial assistance, the Company
has the sole right to decide whether or not this assistance will be granted.
I. I am aware that the
Company has no responsibilities or obligations to me with regards to academic
and/or other credit for the Program.
J. I am aware that if I
breach any of these terms I will not be entitled for any financial assistance;
and the Organizer will pro-rata refund the Company all monies that were paid to
the Organizer for my participation in the Program. The Company and/or the Organizer
has the right to demand and receive from me the full amount of financial
assistance that was paid to the Organizer on my behalf, which was provided as a
discount for my participation fees in the Program.
K. The financial assistance provided by Masa is a
sum of money granted to a participant (through the organizer) in an approved
and recognized Masa Program. Financial assistance is divided into two types:
· A uniform grant provided
to every participant, according to country of origin and type of program for
which the participant arrives, in accordance with Masa’s financial assistance
policy which changes periodically.
· A need-based scholarship
provided to participants requesting this assistance, who meet the criteria set
for this purpose. The sum of financial assistance will be adjusted to match the
duration of the program.
The sum of financial assistance will be individually determined for
each participant, based on inspection of the participant’s needs and according
to the criteria determined and published periodically. The method for
determining eligibility will be differential, the criteria being the
participant’s country of origin, personal financial situation, age and duration
of the program. These criteria may change periodically in accordance with
Masa’s scholarship policy.
The financial assistance will only be provided to participants for
one activity year.
In cases of partial participation in the program, the financial
assistance will be calculated according to the length of participation, and as
long as the participant remained in the program for at least two months. A
participant who remained in the program less than two months will not be
eligible for any financial assistance from Masa.
Masa’s full financial assistance policy is available on Masa’s
website and is distributed to the organizers for consideration in conferences
and publications. This policy is determined by the Company Board of Directors
and Steering Committee. The policy undergoes periodic changes and it is my
responsibility to remain updated on the current policy at relevant times. The
Company reserves the right to change its financial assistance policy up to the
time enrollment to the program begins.
L. I am aware of the
following deadlines in applying for Masa Israel’s financial assistance:
Submitting requests for financial assistance - grants and/or
need-based scholarships - is permitted only up until the official start
of the program. A participant who
submits a request after this time will not be eligible for any financial
The documents required for a need-based scholarship request must be
submitted in full (see below) up to ten days after the official start
of the program.
The Masa Visa (A2) may be submitted up to a month into the duration
of your program. More details on obtaining this Visa available with your
If the documents are not submitted by the said times, the
participant will not be eligible for a need-based scholarship.
Financial assistance will be granted according to the available Masa
budget at the time of the full submission of all required documents.
For any request for financial assistance I must submit my passport
number at the beginning of the program, or I will lose my eligibility for
M. I accept that it is my responsibility to confirm
with the Organizer if my program is classified as a regular program or a
“Personal Program”, when a “Personal program is defined as following:
· Each participant has a
personal arrival and departure date that significantly differs from that of
other program participants (more than several days apart).
· Program content is
personalized for each participant, and is to be at least 20 weekly hours.
· Each participant will
receive Masa’s required educational program in a manner proportionate to the
length of their program, as defined in the educational chapter in this Bylaws
I am aware that if I participate for a period of less than 2 months
in a regular program / 4 months in a Personal program I will not be entitled
for any financial assistance.
If I leave the Program after a period of less than noted above for
any reason, I will refund the Program any monies paid by the Company to the
N. I am aware that if I change my status to
become an “Oleh” (Immigrant) or a “Toshav Ara’i” (Temporary Resident)
during the course of the Program, my financial assistance will be reduced and
pro-rated according to the period before the status change.
O. I acknowledge that details of my participation in
the Program will be transferred by the Organizer to the Company.
P. I agree to allow the Company and/or any other who
is authorized to request in the name of the Company, to turn to the Ministry of
Interior of the Government of Israel and/or other official relevant
authorities, so as to obtain information of my status in Israel, and in
general, as it relates and pertains to my date(s) of entry(ies) to Israel
and/or date(s) of departure(s) from Israel.
Q. I am aware that neither the Company, nor the
Government of Israel, nor the Jewish Agency for Israel can in any way be held
responsible for and have no obligation towards my participation in the Program
and/or any other matter that pertains to this agreement. I hereby waive all
complaints, demands and/or claims relating to the above. Should I decide
nevertheless to submit a claim to the Company, the Government of Israel, or the
Jewish Agency for Israel, I will reimburse them in full for any amount they are
required to pay for damage or loss incurred by them as the result of my claim
and/or as the result of breaching or otherwise failing to comply with the terms
of my commitment as laid out here and/or according to law. This compensation
will also extend to any legal costs and expenses that are incurred for any of
the above reasons.
R. I am aware that receipt of financial assistance
is subject to the Organizer signing an agreement with the Company and to the
Organizer's compliance with the provisions of that agreement.
S. In addition, I am aware that receipt of financial
assistance from the Company is also subject to the existence of an approved
budget for the Company both in the budget of the Jewish Agency for Israel and
in the Israeli Government’s National Budget.
T. I am aware that if the
combined amount of financial assistance from both the Company and other
financial sources exceeds the cost of the Program (including the cost of room
and board), the Company may offset the difference between the cost of the
Program and the total amount of financial assistance I am entitled to from the
financial assistance I am entitled to from the Company.
U. (i) I accept that all of the above will
apply in full to another Masa approved Program and Organizer in the event that
I transfer from my originally chosen Program to another Masa approved program,
or continue with another Masa approved semester program on the completion of my
originally chosen Masa approved semester program.
(ii) I understand that to transfer or continue in a second semester
program is only permitted where the time period between the end date of my
original program and the start date of my second program does not exceed 4
months and that all conditions as at the start of the original program will
pertain to the second program as to age and funding eligibility.
(iii) I understand that because there may be differences in
categorization between my original Program of choice and the second Program, my
participation duration in the original Program and that of the second Program
may affect my classification as a “Masa Participant”, and I undertake to
clarify this status personally with all relevant parties in both programs (the
original Program and the second Program) and ensure that I still meet all that
is required of me as a “Masa Participant”, and I shall not approach Masa and/or
anyone assigned on Masa’s behalf with any complaint and/or demand regarding
this classification (in the event that, for any reason, my financial assistance
will be reduced from what I received for participation in the original
(iiii) I understand that I will be permitted to transfer between
programs during my stay in Israel and the organizer must allow me to do so. The
remainder of the financial assistance for which I am eligible will remain
available to me, and will be calculated according to the time of leaving a
program relative to the length of the program. The arrangements concerning my
termination of participation before the end of the program are to be detailed
in the document defining the reciprocal relationship between the organizer and
V. I give Masa permission to:
ü Share the information in
my application form with donors, potential donors, the Government of Israel,
Birthright, the Jewish Agency for Israel and my Program Organizer.
ü Use photos taken of me at
Masa and Masa-affiliated events in its publications, press releases, and/or on
the Masa website.
ü Use my email, home address
or phone number to contact me.
W. I am aware and agree that applying to Masa Israel may require
a registration fee of 50$. The fee is susceptible to changes and will be
determined from time to time by the company.
I am aware that if applying requires a registration fee, it will be
returned if I participate in over 2 months of the program and by request only.
In that case requests must be submitted no later than the 31.12 of the year of