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We All Have Something to Learn

Posted on August 13, 2018

I had the unique opportunity to volunteer at the Learning Center in the Dr. Helena Kagan Youth Center this past summer. I helped facilitate enrichment activities in English as a second language for neighborhood children and adults in Katamonim, an underprivileged area in Jerusalem. To say that I learned more from them is an understatement Continue Reading »

The Universal Language of Children

Posted on August 13, 2018

I arrived in Israel this past June very excited about the summer, but also incredibly uncertain about the adventure I was about to embark upon. Thanks to Skilled Volunteers for Israel, I had landed an internship at the Holland Center, a nonprofit rehabilitation facility specializing in the treatment of special needs toddlers. Although this internship Continue Reading »

Peace Camp in Jerusalem

Posted on August 9, 2018

This summer I participated in the Volunteer & Study track of the Conservative Yeshiva.  Skilled Volunteers for Israel set up my volunteer assignment as a counselor at the YMCA Peace Camp.  The experience was truly a treat. Everyday brought new challenges, each needing to be solved in different languages and in different ways. I was Continue Reading »

Third Summer and Planning to Return

Posted on July 26, 2018

This is my third summer volunteering at ENOSH, a social club for English-speaking adults who are mental health consumers.  In previous summers, I volunteered through Skilled Volunteers for Israel at Melabev, an adult day center, working with people with dementia, and Merkaz Klass, a community center for at-risk children, tutoring low-income Ethiopian and Russian children. Continue Reading »

In Israel, I am not Alone

Posted on July 26, 2018

The purpose of my trip was personal growth as a Jew, a member of the second generation of European Jews who lived through the Holocaust and a chef.   During these past few weeks, I found way more than that.  I learned what it is to fall in love with a country.  Belgium is the country Continue Reading »

An Immersion into Israel and More

Posted on July 15, 2018

I cannot believe that in a few more days my work at the Gan will come to an end. Never in my wildest imagination did I expect to become so attached to the staff and the children during a three week placement.   I expected an opportunity to experience an immersion into a segment of the Continue Reading »

Green Discoveries and Wonder in Jerusalem

Posted on March 13, 2018

Just arrived home from an awesome program in Israel. The program was a pilot project jointly run by Canadian Friends for Hebrew University and Skilled Volunteers for Israel-age 55 and over. How do I praise thee, let me count the ways. The attention that was given to place volunteers in their individual areas of expertise, Continue Reading »

Second Time Volunteer Experience

Posted on March 13, 2018

This is my second Skilled Volunteers adventure. Given that the concept for this trip was a first –  a working partnership with an Israeli focused Canadian organization – the Friends of Hebrew U (“Friends”), I did not know what to anticipate. There were 12 of us and 9 had previously travelled to Israel with friends, some Continue Reading »

Insider-Outsider and Still Learning

Posted on March 5, 2018

Gary Opolsky is participating in the Canadian Friends for Hebrew University program – Learn! Experience!  Volunteer!  Gary has a unique perspective and he took a few moments to share his experience. From Gary: Bottom line -great experience! Please note that I’m basically half Israeli given that I speak the language so my perception may be Continue Reading »

A Peaceful Shabbat In Jerusalem

Posted on March 5, 2018

Ron Hoffman is participating in the joint program between Canadian Friends of Hebrew University and Skilled Volunteers for Israel.  Ron shares his experience of Shabbat in Jerusalem on his day of rest from the program’s intense and exciting schedule. Shabbat morning and we leave our hotel to pray at the Kotel. We go for ourselves Continue Reading »

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