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Volunteer & Study Summer 2012

Posted on January 24, 2012

Volunteer & Study, co-sponsored by the Conservative Yeshiva of United Synagogue and Skilled Volunteers for Israel (SVFI), comprises a half-day of study at the Yeshiva and a half day of volunteering with an Israeli non-profit organization in Jerusalem.  The program is open to college students and adults of all learning levels and religious backgrounds who Continue Reading »

Eat, Pray, Volunteer

Posted on December 13, 2011

Eat, Pray, Volunteer

Repair the World blogpost on the Volunteer & Study Program

Digitize, Visualize, Optimize, An Archivist’s Volunteer Experience

Posted on November 1, 2011

Skilled Volunteers for Israel placed Mordecai Walfish  as a volunteer archivist with the Mandel Foundation.  Read about his experience sharing his very unique expertise. For the past three years, I have been working for the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA), first as its content manager, then its Assistant Director, and now as Continue Reading »

Sudanese Refugee Starts National Service At Nitzana

Posted on August 25, 2011

Of Interest:  HaAretz (25 August 2011) article about the first African refugee to start Israel’s pre-army national service program.   Tom Hassan is doing his national service at Nitzana, an educational youth village located just beyond the border with Egypt.  Nitzana offers a variety of educational programs that serve Israeli and Global Jews including disadvantaged Israeli Continue Reading »

Welcoming the Stranger

Posted on August 17, 2011

This post was written by Gina Milano after her second volunteer experience with Skilled Volunteers for Israel. After completing my wonderful volunteer project with low income Israeli teens at the Youth Education Village of Nitzana in the heart of the Negev desert, I geared up for the next assignment: conducting an English as a Second Continue Reading »

Desert Pioneers

Posted on August 1, 2011

This post was written by Gina Milano from New Jersey and Roseli Ejzenberg from Maryland who are among the first volunteers for Skilled Volunteers for Israel. We are pioneers in the desert in more ways than one.   We are volunteers from the new organization “Skilled Volunteers for Israel” started by Marla Gamoran in the U.S Continue Reading »

“It Starts with Soccer and Concludes with Champions” A Volunteer Shares Her Experience

Posted on July 18, 2011

Lisa Pengitore, a special education teacher from New Jersey with 19 years of classroom experience, volunteered teaching English in Jerusalem through a program called “Ma’avarim.”  Lisa’s volunteer assignment was facilitated by Skilled Volunteers for Israel through Jerusalem Venture Partner’s “BaKehila’” which works with youth in four disadvantaged Jerusalem neighborhoods.  During the summer, BaKehila runs the Continue Reading »

Value of Volunteering Exceeds Cash Contributions!

Posted on April 26, 2011

The value of volunteering is estimated at $400 BILLION globally based on previous research and reported in a Volunteer Match blog, approximately “double the value of cash and other valuables contributed by individuals, corporations and foundations”. The  Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Studies and the International  Labor Organization have put together a manual that adopts a Continue Reading »

A volunteer shares his recent experience with the Ethiopian National Project

Posted on March 4, 2011

This post was written by Rabbi Ted Stainman who is volunteering as an English tutor in Netanya with the Ethiopian National Project (ENP).  The ENP works closely with Ethiopian youth between the ages of 13 -18 in 20 communities throughout Israel. Rabbi Stainmen is sharing his experiences with Skilled Volunteers for Israel. I just had Continue Reading »

Understanding what motivates the Boomers

Posted on February 2, 2011

The article by Paula Jacobs in  The Jewish Week does a great job of capturing the compelling reasons for actively engaging with Jewish Baby Boomers, and she also provides some basic suggestions on how to do so. Her message – don’t waste precious time planning and studying what to do and don’t lump all the Continue Reading »



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