Caring for Community

L’hitraot, not good-bye!

Posted on August 5, 2019

I have volunteered for the past four summers at ENOSH, a social club for English-speaking mental health club members. Some of the people have been there throughout all four summers, but every summer, there have been new club members and staff. What doesn’t change is the culture of the place — the warm welcome everyone Continue Reading »

A Big Impression, A Wonderful Experience

Posted on July 26, 2019

I came to Israel this summer unsure, and to be honest, nervous, about what to expect of volunteering in Israel.  How would I navigate to my placement, communicate with people and find a way to hopefully help? I was immediately impressed with Skilled Volunteers for Israel’s (SVFI) proposed match placing me at Enosh, an organization Continue Reading »

Purim Volunteering

Posted on March 26, 2019

One of the coolest parts about Purim in Jerusalem is seeing people in costumes around town. What I didn’t expect was to be that person at which other people shoot their short, amused glances. I remember giggling nervously when I saw Athena wearing earbuds and holding a Rav Kav (magnetic bus pass card) reflected back Continue Reading »

Connecting, Volunteering, Living

Posted on December 21, 2018

Having wanted to go to Israel for an extended period of time, doing so with Skilled Volunteers for Israel provided the framework for a way I could find something useful to do while there and give structure to my days. Terry Hendin, SVFI’s Jerusalem based Volunteer Coordinator matched me with the English speaking MELABEV Memory Continue Reading »

Perhaps Because…

Posted on December 13, 2018

Although each day’s activities were different for Debbie & I, the JOY was the same EVERY day. We’ve both worked in long-term care for decades in the past, as part of our Nursing careers. But Melabev was really Special. Perhaps it was Special BECAUSE we were volunteering, perhaps because ALL Club Members are Jewish – & Continue Reading »

The Universal Language of Children

Posted on August 13, 2018

I arrived in Israel this past June very excited about the summer, but also incredibly uncertain about the adventure I was about to embark upon. Thanks to Skilled Volunteers for Israel, I had landed an internship at the Holland Center, a nonprofit rehabilitation facility specializing in the treatment of special needs toddlers. Although this internship Continue Reading »

Third Summer and Planning to Return

Posted on July 26, 2018

This is my third summer volunteering at ENOSH, a social club for English-speaking adults who are mental health consumers.  In previous summers, I volunteered through Skilled Volunteers for Israel at Melabev, an adult day center, working with people with dementia, and Merkaz Klass, a community center for at-risk children, tutoring low-income Ethiopian and Russian children. Continue Reading »

In Israel, I am not Alone

Posted on July 26, 2018

The purpose of my trip was personal growth as a Jew, a member of the second generation of European Jews who lived through the Holocaust and a chef.   During these past few weeks, I found way more than that.  I learned what it is to fall in love with a country.  Belgium is the country 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 »

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 »



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