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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 »

Reliving History, Making New History- 4 Day Synopsis

Posted on May 11, 2015

May 10, 2015 Zev and Alla Fayngold are continuing their work to interview Russians in Yerucham and record their stories. We had  interviews with 3 families. Life is taking its toll,- the number of WWII veterans is getting smaller and smaller.   All three of the families we met shared the stories of the war Continue Reading »

BeerSheba-From the Desert like a Flower

Posted on May 7, 2015

Wednesday 7 May, 2015 Zev and Alla Fayngold took Wednesday morning off to visit with old friends in Beer Sheba. This morning we traveled to Beersheva with a local resident Itay Gelber and his co-workers.  There are buses frequently between Yerucham and Beer Sheba but we were fortunate to be offered a ride instead. We Continue Reading »

Multi-culturalism in Yerucham

Posted on May 7, 2015

Jackie and Joe Koptowsky write about Tuesday, 5 May – filled with many multicultural experiences. On Tuesday we volunteered in a religious girls’ high school.  We worked with two different teachers and students of different levels of English.  We could see the students’ could use our help but we were not able to spend a Continue Reading »

Volunteering: Purpose for Being Here

Posted on May 6, 2015

How can I sing the praises of this organization? Before I came to Israel, they helped me get ready to come. They were obviously sincerely interested in my interests and my placement at Hiddush, an organization which supports religious freedom and equality was incredibly rewarding, starting with the telephone conversation with Rabbi Uri Regev, the Continue Reading »

The sweet voices of Jewish children…

Posted on May 6, 2015

There is nothing sweeter than the sound of Jewish Children singing. Tonight is Lag B’Omer and hopefully Rabbi Kula will tell me about its significance when he reads this posting. This morning I went to the cemetery to shoot some 9th graders- to clarify I used a camera. The children were performing a mitzvah of Continue Reading »

Cinco de Mayo Israel Style

Posted on May 6, 2015

Yerucham, Israel, May 5, 2015  (please revisit this post for photos to be added soon!)   Cinco de Mayo and we were the guests of the Indians.    No John Wayne – this congregation is the real thing.  Formed in 1962 by settlers from Bombay (Mumbai), Yerucham is home to approximately 200 Indian family members.   Continue Reading »

Where Russians from Miami Meet Russians from Yerucham

Posted on May 6, 2015

The following posts capture the unique and amazing experiences of Zev and Alla Fayngold, Miami residents who are participating in the Volunteer in the Negev program. Originally from the Former Soviet Union (FSU), Zev and Alla’s volunteer assignment was specifically designed to introduce and connect them to the Russian immigrant community in the Negev. Please Continue Reading »



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