Beyond Politics – the Human Face of Asylum

Posted on August 2, 2012

Lionel Rabie has extensive experience in the food and hospitality industry.  He put his business experience to work volunteering to provide one on one consultancy with an Asylum Seeker in Tel Aviv who was starting up a bakery business.  Through Microfy, an organization that provides training and micro loans to Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Lionel’s Continue Reading »

In the Company of Angels

Posted on July 31, 2012

This morning, my poor heart was both crying and smiling at the same time. From 9:00 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. I was at Melabev in Jerusalem. You see, as much as I like reading lots of books, taking exercise classes at the YMCA  and playing “words with friends,” I have felt somewhat unproductive while in Continue Reading »

Refugee Children at Gan Nitzanim

Posted on July 31, 2012

When I first stepped foot in the Gan Nitzanim classroom, little did I know the life-changing experience I was about to have.  As the days progressed, I became accustomed to the kids’ daily schedule of playtime, songs, breakfast, and outdoor time and the close relationships they share with their teachers.  Beyond the basic workings of Continue Reading »

Learning through Doing – נעשה ונשמע

Posted on July 9, 2012

Gabby Rosenblum is a student in the Conservative Yeshiva’s Volunteer & Study program.  Gabby is spending her mornings studying Hebrew and her afternoons volunteering at the Gan (preschool) at Beit Shmuel in Jerusalem.  Gabby shared her first week experience studying and volunteering: As a member of The Conservative Yeshiva Volunteer & Study Program I have Continue Reading »

Helping through Hebrew

Posted on July 9, 2012

Volunteer & Study participant, Jackie Klein, reflects on a week of volunteering at the Gan (Preschool) at Beit Shmuel in Jerusalem. The Gan is run by the Reform Movement. The first week of volunteering has been one of the most interesting experiences in Israel thus far- and I am extremely thankful to have had some Continue Reading »

The Power of Love and Memory: Volunteering at Melabev

Posted on June 5, 2012

May 2012 Volunteer Experience at Melabev English speaking Memory Club – A Volunteer Experience with Skilled Volunteers For Israel My first visit to Israel was in the summer of 1983 when our two daughters, then ages ten and thirteen, and I accompanied my husband to Jerusalem as he volunteered  as a dentist to needy children.  Now Continue Reading »

Volunteering Best Practices

Posted on May 15, 2012

Volunteering thrives when clear expectations are set, standards are held high, volunteer and organization understand what they are looking for from each other.  A recent post in Generocity lays out four simple tips for establishing a successful volunteer relationships.  Skilled Volunteers for Israel has built its processes on a foundation of matching real skill with Continue Reading »

Volunteering from the Non Profit Perspective

Posted on May 3, 2012

The May 2 2012 post in by Stephen Donshik raises some interesting points about thinking through the rationale for using volunteers to accomplish needed work and the processes associated with integrating volunteers well.  Take a look at Stephen’s article at and be sure to read through the comments section at the bottom of the post. Continue Reading »

A Dramatic Finale – Using Drama as a tool for English Language Enrichment

Posted on March 15, 2012

I was placed in Hareut School through the efforts of  ‘Skilled Volunteers for Israel, and spent over 6 weeks there. My schedule was 3 days a week for about 4 hours per day.  I handled 7 groups of students, each group twice a week, with about 5 to 6 students per group.  They were of different age Continue Reading »

Berkshires Federation Writes about us!!

Posted on February 21, 2012

It’s a sunny chilly day in Jerusalem this morning and before setting out to meet with the Center for Interfaith Sustainable Development about a volunteer placement, I woke to receive a copy of an article written about Skilled Volunteers for Israel in the Berkshires Jewish Voice. Appearing on page 18 of the paper -how nice Continue Reading »

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