Green Discoveries and Wonder in Jerusalem

Posted on March 13, 2018

Just arrived home from an awesome program in Israel. The program was a pilot project jointly run by Canadian Friends for Hebrew University and Skilled Volunteers for Israel-age 55 and over. How do I praise thee, let me count the ways. The attention that was given to place volunteers in their individual areas of expertise, Continue Reading »

Second Time Volunteer Experience

Posted on March 13, 2018

This is my second Skilled Volunteers adventure. Given that the concept for this trip was a first –  a working partnership with an Israeli focused Canadian organization – the Friends of Hebrew U (“Friends”), I did not know what to anticipate. There were 12 of us and 9 had previously travelled to Israel with friends, some Continue Reading »

Insider-Outsider and Still Learning

Posted on March 5, 2018

Gary Opolsky is participating in the Canadian Friends for Hebrew University program – Learn! Experience!  Volunteer!  Gary has a unique perspective and he took a few moments to share his experience. From Gary: Bottom line -great experience! Please note that I’m basically half Israeli given that I speak the language so my perception may be Continue Reading »

A Peaceful Shabbat In Jerusalem

Posted on March 5, 2018

Ron Hoffman is participating in the joint program between Canadian Friends of Hebrew University and Skilled Volunteers for Israel.  Ron shares his experience of Shabbat in Jerusalem on his day of rest from the program’s intense and exciting schedule. Shabbat morning and we leave our hotel to pray at the Kotel. We go for ourselves Continue Reading »

A Skilled Volunteer’s Experience in Israel

Posted on March 1, 2018

It’s Purim in Israel and my wife Heather and I are here. Walking the streets of Jerusalem is a real treat. Imagine Halloween in North America where you see young people in particular in costumes. Although we have been “Skilled Volunteers” before, this experience is very different as there are 12 of us ( a Continue Reading »

The Best Experience

Posted on November 22, 2017

It was the best volunteer experience since I began doing this  kind of trip. Skilled Volunteers for Israel, the program I used was efficient, caring and very supportive. They provided three venues for me to work with, although  one was eliminated because I got sick and could not complete the numbers of days required to Continue Reading »

Finding My Way In

Posted on November 21, 2017

Skilled Volunteers was fantastic in setting me up quickly with two very interesting opportunities, helping me achieve my goal of giving back to the community. Having arrived in Israel at the beginning of the Succot holidays, I was able to help the staff of a school that were running a day camp during the school Continue Reading »

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 »

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