Life Lessons in Israel

Posted on October 10, 2017

Four months since I concluded my volunteering, I am still stuck with all the amazing lessons and skills that I picked up. Not only did my Hebrew improve dramatically in perfect time for my army enlistment, but I now have more insight into demographics to which most American olim chadashim (American new immigrants to Israel) Continue Reading »

It’s Not a Dream

Posted on August 24, 2017

I signed on to be a volunteer with Skilled Volunteers for Israel because I was interested in working with Palestinians and Israelis who are committed to promoting shared experiences, and who embrace the possibility of peace through mutual understanding and respect for each others’ culture and history. You may ask: does such a place exist Continue Reading »

Like Coming Home

Posted on July 28, 2017

Last year (2016) after turning 71 I visited Israel for the first time. When my EL AL flight touched down at Ben-Gurion Airport a strange sensation came over me – I truly felt like I was coming home, even though I had never stepped foot on Israeli soil before. It was only a short visit, Continue Reading »

Authentic and Warm

Posted on January 30, 2017

It was just over a year ago that I was sitting in front of my computer in Jerusalem, having just completed a month of volunteering in two different settings there, and trying to organize my thoughts and impressions.  Now I am doing the same, but in Haifa, where I volunteered for a month at a Continue Reading »

A Tikun Olam Winter Vacation

Posted on January 30, 2017

Since 1998 I have spent some time almost every year in Israel. For the first few years, I used my vacation to see places and people I hadn’t seen in almost 20 years. I took tours and checked off items on my “must see” list. After a few years, I found that I was spending Continue Reading »

Seeing Israel as a volunteer

Posted on January 4, 2017

At breakfast in Machane Yehuda about a year ago, my long-time friend, Terry Hendin, told me about Skilled Volunteers for Israel. I had been visiting Israel almost every year for over 15 years and decided that my next trip might be a better experience if I came as a volunteer. Fast forward to today; I’m Continue Reading »

Gaining and Giving – A Volunteer Shares

Posted on January 3, 2017

I have been traveling to Israel almost yearly for more than twenty years to visit family and friends and take classes at the Conservative Yeshiva, but it was only when I began to volunteer with Skilled Volunteers, several years ago, that I felt I was making a unique contribution to the land and the people, Continue Reading »

Lived as an Israeli

Posted on December 16, 2016

For one month I lived like an Israeli – going to work each day, getting a bus pass, taking buses all over the city of Jerusalem, shopping in grocery stores, and just getting the ambience of the city.   Although I have been to Israel over twenty times and traveled all over the country, I never Continue Reading »

Forever Changed

Posted on September 8, 2016

Israel…… Even writing the Word brings tears to my eyes.  This is not a trip that you can simply make by reserving flight, hotel, and tours and expect to have an authentic experience of the country and the people. Somehow I understood this and knew that I had to make a positive contribution to this Continue Reading »

Playing “Catch” in English

Posted on August 15, 2016

This summer (2016), I came to Jerusalem to study and volunteer. My volunteer assignment was in a learning center in a working class Jerusalem neighborhood where I volunteered three afternoons a week for five weeks. I was assigned to work with elementary school age children.   To get their attention during the hot summer months I Continue Reading »

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