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Created in the Image of G-d

Posted on August 12, 2015

מוגבל, in Hebrew, means limited.  The individuals who live at Israel Elwyn are labeled by this term.  But, they are not defined by this word.  Who amongst us is not מוגבל, limited?  Yet, are we not all whole, precious, worthwhile souls, regardless of our skills, abilities, goals, ambitions, competence, talents, awards, degrees, achievements?  Do we Continue Reading »

Elementary School Experience

Posted on July 5, 2015

I have been very privileged to have been afforded a placement at the Givat Gonen Elementary School, in the Katamonim neighbourhood of Jerusalem through Skilled Volunteers for Israel. This is my second placement arranged by the organisation; in 2013 I spent almost 9 weeks volunteering at the Keren Kagan Mercaz Klass after school learning center Continue Reading »

To Be Part of the Land

Posted on July 5, 2015

When I planned a sabbatical in Israel, I was looking for a break from my real life. But I also wanted to do something in Israel that would let me go beyond being a tourist and experience just a bit of real Israeli life. The core of my month-long sabbatical in Israel was spent volunteering Continue Reading »

Volunteering at the Macro Level

Posted on May 31, 2015

I am so grateful to Skilled Volunteers for connecting me with ORAM International. Terry and Marla worked with me to find a placement that would be of interest, benefit from my skill set, and fit with my schedule and needs. The work at ORAM combines my editing skills and my social work background extremely well. Continue Reading »

Todah Rabah Yerucham

Posted on May 14, 2015

Yerucham, In the Negev, Israel May 13, 2015 Today was a tour of the Negev. Like the rest of the Middle East, the Negev is a complex balance of dust swirls, magnificent vistas, Beduin’s following their goats and then when you think that it is the most inhospitable place on earth up pops a grove Continue Reading »

It’s About Learning and Sharing

Posted on May 13, 2015

Volunteer in the Negev participant, Lynne Elster, writes about her full day of activities, feedback, learning. May 11, 2015 Today, we met with the manager of the Desert Iris Hotel, Cheli Alaluf.  It was a productive meeting.   She was quite interested in our recommndentations for improving the hotel and its staff.   She took  a lot of Continue Reading »

Russians, Bedouins, Young and Old

Posted on May 13, 2015

Zev and Alla Fayngold have spent much of their volunteer time in Yerucham interviewing Russian residents of the town and capturing their stories. As the Volunteer in the Negev program comes to a close, Zev shares how they have been wrapping up and documenting these amazing stories. What a legacy to leave for all. Following Continue Reading »

Topping the Best

Posted on May 13, 2015

Yerucham, Israel May 12, 2015 Last night I went to bed with a smile on my face as I experienced the Simcha of a new Torah and the sounds of Yerucham’s children at play. How could that be topped? Nu? This morning we visited the Community Senior Citizen Day Center. It is open to all, Continue Reading »

Feeling at home in Yerucham

Posted on May 13, 2015

Yerucham, Israel May 11, 2015 How does one bring a smile to a dower grumpy accountant’s punim (face)? Have a day packed with smiling Jewish Children and top that with a Torah Finishing ceremony attended by people who welcome you like family. Plenty of singing and dancing along with the whole community. I didn’t realize Continue Reading »

Yom SheShe – Friday

Posted on May 11, 2015

From Howard Schneider Friday, May 8, 2015 Yom ha sheshe, or Friday and we are up at the crack of dawn to help tag birds. Dan Sapir and his lovely bride have invited us to go to the yerucham park to assist his group of merry men in catching and taging the birds, yerucham is Continue Reading »

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