A Warm Welcome to a Returning Volunteer

Posted on September 11, 2015

I first volunteered at the English speaking Melabev Memory Centre in Jerusalem in January 2015, whilst my husband worked for a week with deprived children at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic also in Talpiot. When he suggested returning to the clinic for another week at the end of August, I had no hesitation in asking whether Continue Reading »

Shir Harmony

Posted on August 18, 2015

This morning, on the way to the Takhana Merkazit,  תחנה מרכזית , the Central Bus Station, two Israelis asked me for directions to the Rakevet Kalah רכבת קלה, the Light Rail that runs through Jerusalem. I answered them in Hebrew.  “Go to the corner, turn right.  It’s really close.”  They thanked me and proceeded to their Continue Reading »

Dedication in Action

Posted on August 18, 2015

Last month, I volunteered for 3 weeks at the Hebrew language Melabev center in the Givat Masua neighborhood of Jerusalem, not too far from the Jerusalem Zoo. It was a challenge to me in many ways but also a very rewarding and educational experience. There I saw not only a safe and stimulating environment for Continue Reading »

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 »

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