Upon Reflection

Posted on June 7, 2013

June 6, 2013 Today was to be a day for some strategic thinking. How can we help the town with its tourism initiative? It worked out differently. Heather and Queenie had the opportunity to meet with Rachael (an all star teacher) and Naomi, (in charge of youth programming) and they took advantage of it. Then, Continue Reading »


Posted on June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013 Reflecting on our first week as Volunteers in….. Y….You can’t imagine how special this place is until you are here E….Everyone we have met and work with are passionate & involved in improving this magical part of the Negev R…Right from day 1 we felt like we were ‘home’! U…Unlimited potential & Continue Reading »

Environmental Blessings

Posted on June 6, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 After days of heat, Yerucham has been blessed last night and this morning with much milder temperatures, thus far in the sixties and seventies. While I know that it shall be warmer later in the day, right now it is wonderful. As in Miami, when you are indoors there is air Continue Reading »

Erev Tov

Posted on June 5, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 I remember that my mother would often tell me when I would turn up my nose at some new thing or opportunity, “Never show a fool anything half-finished.” Anthony Newley’s first claim to fame in the States, at least for me, was when I saw him in his starring role as Continue Reading »


Posted on June 5, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 What a rewarding experience for everyone involved! As volunteers, we’re thrilled to see the dramatic progress our students are making in such a short period of time. The participants are beaming with pride as they learn to express themselves in English. They are SO appreciative of the help they are receiving. Continue Reading »

Community Connections

Posted on June 5, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Another wonderful day.  We are feeling more and more connected to this community. We were introduced to Yuval Lavie, the man in charge of pulling all the tourist opportunities in Yerucham together. He talked to us briefly about his needs to fulfill his mandate and then took us on a guided Continue Reading »

Another cloudless day in Yerucham

Posted on June 5, 2013

Monday June 3, 2013 Apparently we brought a heat wave with us and the thermometer continues hover at about 35 C. Even the Yeruchamites are staying indoors, but not our intrepid band of 5. Each day we meet extraordinary people multitasking while looking after their families of four+ children. Today was no different. We all Continue Reading »

Let the Volunteering Begin – Atid BaMidbar

Posted on June 5, 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013 The bomb shelter is like many which are about The Negev community of Yeroham, a small structure with extra thick concrete walls meant to protect civilians from some of the hideous realities of life in the Middle East. Yet those inside the structure have the idea of preserving the people many Continue Reading »

Our First Exposure to Yerucham

Posted on June 5, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013 Early Friday morning we met Debbie Goldman Golan the President of Atid Bamidbar & Rena Genn, Director of Miami Federation Israel at the Statue of Identity. Rena welcomed us & thanked us for being the first group of skilled worker ‘pioneer’ volunteers. She described the work we would be doing as a link in a chain Continue Reading »

Our Warm Welcome

Posted on June 5, 2013

May 30, 2013 We couldn’t have asked for a warmer greeting. We felt like celebrities when we landed in Tel Aviv & were met by Marla Gamoran, Judy Gray & Shlomo Chertok. Rabbi Larry Halpern , the fifth volunteer in our group was also there to meet up with us. Within three minutes, it felt Continue Reading »

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