Music, Arts, Theater

Returning Volunteer, New Experiences

Posted on January 8, 2020

After my first Skilled Volunteer experience in 2016, I said that my days as a “regular” tourist in Israel were over. Today I believe that even more than I did then. I can’t imagine spending my annual winter vacation in Israel just as a consumer. By the same token, I can’t imagine not having opportunities Continue Reading »

Forever Changed

Posted on September 8, 2016

Israel…… Even writing the Word brings tears to my eyes.  This is not a trip that you can simply make by reserving flight, hotel, and tours and expect to have an authentic experience of the country and the people. Somehow I understood this and knew that I had to make a positive contribution to this Continue Reading »

Shir Harmony

Posted on August 18, 2015

This morning, on the way to the Takhana Merkazit,  תחנה מרכזית , the Central Bus Station, two Israelis asked me for directions to the Rakevet Kalah רכבת קלה, the Light Rail that runs through Jerusalem. I answered them in Hebrew.  “Go to the corner, turn right.  It’s really close.”  They thanked me and proceeded to their Continue Reading »

Multi-culturalism in Yerucham

Posted on May 7, 2015

Jackie and Joe Koptowsky write about Tuesday, 5 May – filled with many multicultural experiences. On Tuesday we volunteered in a religious girls’ high school.  We worked with two different teachers and students of different levels of English.  We could see the students’ could use our help but we were not able to spend a Continue Reading »

Cinco de Mayo Israel Style

Posted on May 6, 2015

Yerucham, Israel, May 5, 2015  (please revisit this post for photos to be added soon!)   Cinco de Mayo and we were the guests of the Indians.    No John Wayne – this congregation is the real thing.  Formed in 1962 by settlers from Bombay (Mumbai), Yerucham is home to approximately 200 Indian family members.   Continue Reading »

Unusual Skills = Unusual Volunteer Opportunity

Posted on June 17, 2014

I realize Asian art is a very narrow focus. Even in the U.S., it’s quite a specialized field, and I was only aware of one museum in Israel devoted to it. So I presented quite a challenge to the Israeli-based staff of Skilled Volunteers for Israel. However, they more than rose to the occasion, locating Continue Reading »

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