About Us

Our Mission

To ignite the passion and interest of Baby Boomers through high impact skilled volunteer experiences in Israel

Our Vision

Israel and the Diaspora – building an enduring relationship through volunteerism.

What We Do

  • Connect volunteers to customized volunteer placements in Israel
  • Promote service and volunteerism among Jewish adults
  • Educate and train on effective volunteer strategies
  • Support Israeli non profit organizations seeking volunteer resources to add capacity, meet specialized needs and integrate new volunteer capabilities

Organizational History

Skilled Volunteers for Israel began when founder “50 something” Marla Gamoran sought a volunteer experience for herself,  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 for skilled volunteers with Israeli non-profits.

Our volunteers are retired and working professionals, academics and teachers who seek to make an impact by volunteering with the spirit of civic participation and community service.

Why Skilled Volunteers for Israel?

The majority of programs for Israel volunteering are geared to the young adult, ages 18-30.  Missing was volunteering designed and structured for the baby boomers – Jews with significant professional experience to contribute to the Israeli non-profit sector.

SVFI started with placing volunteers during the summer of 2011.    We have placed over 75 volunteers as of March 2014.  Volunteers have worked across the country – the Negev, Galil, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Organizational Structure

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



“All of the children and the staff have given me such a warm welcome and I have never felt like a stranger in their midst. I can sincerely say that I have felt part of the volunteer team throughout the short time I have been here. I am very grateful to all of its members and am keenly aware that in other volunteer situations it can often take a much longer time to feel at home.”

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