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 »

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 »

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