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 »

One More Sleep…

Posted on June 11, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 It’s so hard to believe! The Engliada Pilot ends tomorrow evening. Participants commented today on the positive changes & improvements they see in themselves as well as others since the inception of the program. Some, who were too afraid to speak a mere week ago, were ecstatic with their increased level of ability Continue Reading »

“Yours is not to complete the task…”

Posted on June 11, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 For me there has always been a very mixed feeling in the approach of the end of a program I have enjoyed. Thus, as now I approach the close of this volunteer opportunity, I can look back and realize the beauties we have seen, the wonderful people whom we have met Continue Reading »

From Russia to Israel

Posted on June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013 It feels like things are coming together as we are coming to the end of our adventure – assignment in Yerucham. Today we began to create our report. Gerry was somewhat under the weather, Heather and Queenie spent the better part of the day with Reuven learning about the Robotics project in Continue Reading »

Robotics Program in Yerucham

Posted on June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013 Heather & Queenie had a most informative meeting with Reuven Stahl from the Science Centre. He gave us a thorough overview of the Robotics Program that was established 4 years ago. He showed a series of video clips of their team which had just returned from the United States having won the national championship in St. Louis. Continue Reading »

Spirit of Zionism

Posted on June 10, 2013

Sunday June 9, 2013 I’ve been giving a lot of thought the past week and one-half here in Yerucham. I believe these thoughts were accentuated while standing near the graves of Paula and David Ben Gurion, for, I believe it was he who opined that, among the many goals of Zionism was that the Jewish Continue Reading »

Shavua Tov – Volunteer Momentum

Posted on June 10, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013 We are back in Yerucham having spent a wonderful Shabbat at Sde Boker taking in the extraordinary Ben Gurion University in the Negev.  We learned about research from solar energy innovations to new algae applications and growth possibilities. Among other things we learned that the original desert architecture which was pointed Continue Reading »

Raising the Bar of Excellence

Posted on June 9, 2013

June 9, 2013 Heather & I spent an intriguing morning at the Science Centre with Rachel Knoll & her staff. We are captivated by Rachel’s visionary powers, her unbridled passion & her endless energy and commitment to ensure all students, no matter their socio economic level, are exposed to science & technology which in her words are…..the keys to Continue Reading »

Students of the Desert

Posted on June 8, 2013

June 7, 2013 Today we became students of the desert. Debbie Golan from Atid BaMidbar took us to the lookout at the Youth Village and we read from Birashit and the works of famous Jewish writers about the miracle of the desert and its inspiration. Then we traveled a short distance to the Yerucham Fortress, Continue Reading »

The Essence of the Place

Posted on June 8, 2013

June 7, 2013 How do you capture the essence of this unique place in the middle of the Negev, Israel’s great desert? Do you use words only? One cannot because words unlike Yerucham are flat and dull no matter how descriptive. Do you do it with pictures? Pictures are a pretty and even powerful medium Continue Reading »

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