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From Swords to Ploughshares

Posted on October 18, 2013

On September 30, 2013 after 15-months with the Multinational Force & Observers, Sinai, Egypt I left for Tel Aviv, Israel. The next day I arrived at the Mosenson Youth Village in Hod Hasharon just outside of Tel Aviv to volunteer at their eco demonstration center. My objective was to gain a better understanding of the Continue Reading »

Week 2 – Mud Huts, Soup and Middle East Politics!

Posted on October 8, 2013

Much has happened since arriving at the Mosenson Youth Camp more than week ago. Food is fuel so I will start with it. Helping kitchen staff clean up after lunch means I eat before the hoards of howling students invade the cafeteria. Lunch is generally good particularly soup, which is made by “souper” chef originally from Mexico. When I compliment him in awkward Spanish he Continue Reading »

A Volunteer’s First Day at a Youth Village’s Urban Farm

Posted on October 3, 2013

The OCT 2, 2013 workday started 8:00 am at the ecological demonstration area, which is located on former tennis courts close to where I stay off the school grounds. The hard surface of the courts means all plants and trees are in pots. My roommates are a young couple from Canada working for meals and lodging while traveling through the Middle East. Continue Reading »

Inclusion for All!

Posted on September 18, 2013

I was really thrilled this summer to come to Israel: it’s not my first trip there (my 8th, actually) nor is it the first time I volunteered in this country…. but everything’s always new and exciting in life in general and in Israel in particular! This time, I’d been in contact with Skilled Volunteers for Continue Reading »

Being Present: A Precious Gift

Posted on August 21, 2013

Submitted by Bina Raskin 8.20.13 My first time in Israel has been amazing. I have been in Jerusalem now for almost 2 months.  During the first part of the summer I was engaged in studying at an Ulpan and touring sites. I had been feeling a deep desire to contribute to the Jewish community in Continue Reading »

Ann Jaffe-Their Success is My Success

Posted on June 30, 2013

All my life I have wanted to go to Israel.  Although I have now been here many times, this time I have had the privilege of not only being her but of being of service here. Although I am studying Hebrew as part of my program, I am happy to spend the other part of Continue Reading »

Rebecca Cushman reflects

Posted on June 30, 2013

I’ve always been taught about the emphasis that Judaism places on helping others and giving back to the community. As I spend these next few weeks in Israel, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take the Jewish values I was raised with and apply them to my work with Bizchut. As an organization, Continue Reading »

Ben Oppedijk Reflections

Posted on June 30, 2013

Merle Feld’s poem We All Stood Together illustrates a striking reflection between the Jewish people of Biblical Israel and the Jews of Israel today. Feld mourns and condemns the exclusion of women from the Jewish faith. Her fragmented lines give a sense of a voice struggling to be heard. In arguably the greatest Jewish project Continue Reading »

“They Called This Place Yerucham”

Posted on June 15, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013 Capturing the Spirit of the Desert Volunteers – View this song on YouTube Lyrics by Ron Hoffman; Tune “They Called The Wind Mariah” There is a place in Israel’s lands, That’s dry, and brown and barren. Its settlers told to make a home And they called this place Yerucham. CHORUS: Yerucham, Yerucham. Continue Reading »

Blessings

Posted on June 12, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 I really thought that this experience was was pretty much over when I wrote my previous blog, but I can not resist sharing last night’s events. They say so much about this town and our work here. Following a mostly routine day of great experiences, last night, the family who have Continue Reading »



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