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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 »

The Jewish Daily Forward – reviews Repair the World report on volunteer impact

Posted on December 28, 2010

The last blog I wrote referenced a new and important report from Repair the World on the impact that intensive Jewish service learning can have on the communities in which volunteerism takes place.  The Forward has written a thoughtful editorial on this report.

Repair the World Report on Volunteer Impact on Communities

Posted on December 14, 2010

eJewishphilanthropy’s post on December 14, 2010 about a new study done by Repair the World on the impact of service learning and volunteering has much relevance for Skilled Volunteers for Israel. Major findings of the study include: partnerships between service-learning programs and host communities that are jointly developed, focus on community needs, well implemented result Continue Reading »

Metro West NJ Meets Skilled Volunteers for Israel

Posted on December 8, 2010

Attend an information session on Wednesday, December 15 2010 at 7:00 pm in Short Hills NJ.  RSVP to Noga Maliniak, nmaliniak@ujcnj.org or call Noga at 973 929 3070.



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