About Us

How many of us have dreamed about living in Israel? What is it like to experience the country as an insider? How can you get off the tour bus and onto the city bus? How would you navigate the supermarket, find your favorite local restaurant off the beaten path, try learning Hebrew? What could you gain from contributing to Israel as part of the innovative, caring and important work taking place each and every day inside Israel’s schools, nonprofits and social service agencies?

Skilled Volunteers for Israel (SVFI) specializes in connecting you to an authentic, intimate Israel experience.

Brief Organizational History:

SVFI began when founder “50 something” Marla Gamoran sought to contribute to Israel through a service or volunteer project and was surprised to find that no framework for baby boomer volunteering for non-residents in Israel existed.  Not one to let such a need go unfilled, Marla participated in the PresenTense Global Institute for Social Entrepreneurs in 2010 and shortly after launched “Skilled Volunteers for Israel” which has created the network to facilitate volunteer opportunities with Israeli non-profits.

Marla runs the organization as a volunteer and works with three talented professionals based in Israel for Israel based services to our participants.

SVFI’s past participants are retired and working professionals, academics and teachers who seek to make an impact by giving of themselves and who wanted the challenge and reward of experiencing everyday life in Israel.

Why Skilled Volunteers for Israel?

The majority of Israel service and volunteer programs are geared to the young adult, ages 18-30.  Missing were programs designed and structured for the “older” adult.

SVFI started placing participants during the summer of 2011.   As of 2017, SVFI has served over 220 participants.

Skilled Volunteers for Israel is a non-profit organization, exempt under the 501-C-(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code

L’hitraot B’Aretz!


Marla Gamoran,
Skilled Volunteers for Israel Founder and Director

My volunteer work was done as part of the Skilled Volunteers Israel from Inside program, and I happily realized that I was indeed living inside Israel and not there as a passive observer.  Norm F, Portland Oregon

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