One of the most beautiful and diverse coastal city in the Southern District of Israel. The city is famous for its serene, sandy Mediterranean beaches and rich historical background. Ashkelon’s history dates over 5,000 years, starting in biblical times and has many museums, historical sites, and landmarks. In the past few decades, Ashkelon has become an upbeat and modern urban city with an innovative spirit and bright future.
Ashkelon is one of the fastest growing cities in Israel with new neighborhoods popping up every day, immigration into the city is an unstoppable phenomenon. People just can’t get enough of Ashkelon’s beaches and the ravish marina packed with restaurants, bars, ice cream shops, and the new nearby fancy modern malls. Ashkelon boasts one of the largest colleges in Southern Israel so it has a nice student vibe to it. With the new direct train to the center of Israel, you can be in Tel-Aviv within an hour.
In the Classroom
As one of the most diverse cities in Israel, you will find in your school, first generation Olim (new immigrants) as well as Israelis. This beautiful mix of backgrounds, cultures, and languages paints an exciting mosaic of heritages such as Ethiopian, French, Russian, Yemenite, Ukrainian, and many others. You will get a chance to explore modern-day Zionism from a number of different points of view and help the local community build their personal identity.
- Chabad Track – Fellows on this track enjoy both MITF activities and Chabad unique and exclusive activities that will run together with the local community in Ashkelon. This track offers a significant, meaningful and genuine connection to the local community and deep insight on Israeli society together with the Chabad happy and loving atmosphere.
- Baltimore Track – Accepting applicants from the Baltimore area and nearby communities. This track runs together with the Jewish Federation of Baltimore and the Baltimore-Ashkelon Twin cities connection. This Track will help you mingle with other fellows around your age from your area back home, allowing you to meet new friends you can “take back home” together with professional and personal growth.
Both tracks will have track activities, joint city activities & trips around Israel, seminars, and trips for all MITF Israel Experience participants and other Israel Experience Masa participants from other programs all over the world.
Housing in Ashkelon
Participants in Ashkelon live in a closed compound that includes a garden, music room, computer room, main lobby, Ulpan, basketball court, laundromat, and 24/7 security services. Apartments in Ashkelon consist of two bedrooms (4 participants per apartment) refurbished bathrooms and kitchen. There may be an option for a single room at additional cost and availability. All apartments are furnished and equipped with wifi, kitchen appliances, and utensils.
The compound is home to three additional Masa programs giving you the unique opportunity to meet and befriend like-minded people from around the world.
Oh, and it's only a 5-minute walk from the beach and 15-minute walk from the Ashkelon Marina that flaunts trendy bars, restaurants, coffee shops and much more.