Caring for Community Service Track

Caring for Community

Put Your “Hands-On” Israel

Volunteer inside exemplary organizations to experience first-hand how our Jewish ethos of care and support cares for Israel’s vulnerable citizens with dignity, respect, and love.

There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that you have come to Israel to give.   You do so with your presence, your life experience, your wisdom, and your heart.

Our Caring for Community track places you inside high-quality settings working with the elderly and with people with disabilities and special needs. Based on the experiences of our past participants, we predict you will receive much more than you give.

Examples of Caring for Community Placement Settings:


 Seniors in Jerusalem: Meet Israel’s Founders and Immigrants.

Volunteer in a unique cutting-edge Memory Club serving seniors with varying degrees of memory challenges, You will work together with supporting staff, and interact with club “members” engaged in lively stimulating activities including lectures, music, movement, games, and art. Depending on your language skills, you can choose to serve in the English speakers Memory Club or  in the Hebrew speaking Club.

No experience is necessary. The professionals at this center know how to integrate you into their caring staff and their established Israeli volunteers the moment you walk in the door. Join the attorneys, business executives, teachers, rabbis, and others who have found this experience to uplift and inspire.

Support Individuals with Special Needs in Tel Aviv. This award-winning organization believes individuals with special needs have the right and ability to live a life of dignity and independence while being active participants in the community. A leader in program development for individuals with special needs, this organization provides high quality individually customized services and offers multiple settings and opportunities for volunteers. Whether you have a special skill such as art or photography to share or just enjoy being with people, you’ll be inspired by the quality of the services and professionalism of the staff. We’re sure you’ll leave with new friends and an appreciation of the possible that comes from this organization’s belief in helping its clientele develop to their fullest potential. What’s required to make this opportunity yours? Your life experience and wisdom, warm heart, and the joy of interacting with and meeting new people.

These are just two examples of organizations in this category and there are often additional opportunities to Care for Community such as working with refugees, or with people with mental health issues.

My experience at Melabev has exceeded my expectations for both personal growth and for opportunities to serve Israelis. From the first hour the staff encouraged me to jump right in, helping model physical exercises and speaking with seniors, serving meals, and assisting transportation…..I felt like part of the team from day one.

It is therefore profoundly meaningful for me to serve this senior population, to not only gain insight into Israel- to hear their stories of childhood games and of singing Shalom Aleichem on Jerusalem balconies, but also to feel like I am a part of their Israel, to give back to those who gave so much, to put my foot into the collective Jewish project that is Israel.”  Ben C, New York, 2014

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