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Posted on November 27, 2018

I spent about two months in Israel. My volunteer stint involving tutoring English, both in a middle school in south Tel Aviv and to nursing-field students at a youth center in Bat Yam, a smaller city adjacent to Tel Aviv.  This turned out to be a really gratifying experience. I arrived armed with much-less-than-fluent Hebrew, Continue Reading »

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 »

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