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So Many Stories

Posted on August 27, 2014

This summer I volunteered at Melabev three times a week for three weeks.  Melabev is a day care center for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  My role, in its essence, was to listen.  What did I hear? Stories.  So many stories, like snapshots from the past.  Reimagined, sparked from some suggestion, Continue Reading »

Meeting “Builders of Israel” at Jerusalem Memory Club

Posted on August 25, 2014

What kinds of games did the kids of Jerusalem play, before Israel was Israel? What songs did they sing, and how did they meet the love of their life? I had the opportunity to hear the answers to these questions, and more, volunteering at Beit Melabev this summer with Skilled Volunteers for Israel. For a Continue Reading »

Marketing Plan & Toolkit from a 3 week volunteer

Posted on August 14, 2014

I had the privilege of volunteering in Israel this summer via Skilled Volunteers for Israel.  From the outset, the Skilled Volunteers for Israel team was very responsive and supportive.  After an initial phone interview, they worked long and hard to find the ideal volunteer placement for me. I volunteered at Be-Atzmi, an important Israeli NGO Continue Reading »

Inspired by Ethiopian Immigrants in Israel

Posted on August 13, 2014

I was very excited to see the “Volunteer & Study” option on the Conservative Yeshiva website a few months ago. As I was interested in learning about “Torah in Action”, volunteering seemed to be a good idea for putting into practice what I learn in the classroom. And it was indeed! The wonderful team of Continue Reading »

Accomplishing Something in 3 Short Weeks

Posted on August 1, 2014

Recently, I spent three weeks in Jerusalem living, learning and volunteering. I spent the mornings studying Talmud at the Conservative Yeshiva.  Three afternoons a week I worked on helping plan a fundraising exhibition with Shutaf, an organization with a mission to . The other two I spent working at Mercaz KLASS, helping a teenager with Continue Reading »

My Small Contribution to Keeping the Peace

Posted on July 22, 2014

Last week, I found myself herding autistic elementary school students at a school I’d never been to before into a bomb shelter—for practice. That wasn’t exactly what I expected to be doing that morning. I am spending the summer in Israel with my family on a mini-sabbatical, and between finishing old projects and starting some Continue Reading »

ESL Volunteer in Tel Aviv

Posted on July 10, 2014

Roslyn Ross volunteered in May in Tel Aviv.  A retired, reading teacher on the college level, Roz and her friend Benita paired up to have an Israel volunteer experience together including sharing an apartment. They turned to Skilled Volunteers for Israel to help them make this opportunity a reality.  Their professional backgrounds are different, so Skilled 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 »

Making a Difference in the Negev

Posted on May 28, 2014

How many people do you know who actually seize the moment and go off on the adventure they always wanted to have?  Well, add Kala and Jim Paul to the list….and they say it would not have happened without the help and direction of Skilled Volunteers for Israel. With the enthusiasm of the early Zionist pioneers, Continue Reading »

Koalas and Kangaroos in Zichron Yaakov

Posted on May 26, 2014

I have volunteered many times in Israel, but this was my first experience with Skilled Volunteers for Israel (SVFI). I would definitely recommend this friendly and personal organisation, started by Marla Gamoran from the USA. The organisation gave me access to places I could not have sourced on my own. We were in Israel over Continue Reading »



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