Caring for Community

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 »

Gaining and Giving – A Volunteer Shares

Posted on January 3, 2017

I have been traveling to Israel almost yearly for more than twenty years to visit family and friends and take classes at the Conservative Yeshiva, but it was only when I began to volunteer with Skilled Volunteers, several years ago, that I felt I was making a unique contribution to the land and the people, Continue Reading »

Incredibly Touched

Posted on August 11, 2016

Although I only spent two weeks at ‘Melabev Memory Club English’, it really made a lasting impression, and I was sorry when my time there came to an end. Skilled Volunteers for Israel was incredibly helpful in setting up the placement for my specific requirements – a significant one being that I speak no Hebrew. Continue Reading »

A Game of Chess Opens Memories

Posted on August 11, 2016

Volunteering at Melabev can bring quite unexpected surprises. I am a 48 year old woman living in Switzerland and came to Israel this summer as a volunteer with the goal of improving my Hebrew.  Melabev’s Memory Clubs provide activities and innovative treatment methods aimed at stimulating those affected by Alzheimer’s and improving their quality of Continue Reading »

Embracing Israel

Posted on January 14, 2016

December 29, 2015 I write this as I sit in our rented Jerusalem apartment, having completed the final day of my volunteer assignment, and as I anticipate boarding the plane back to Boston tomorrow.  It is truly a daunting task to attempt to put words to the experience of the last month, in a way that does Continue Reading »

Atmosphere of Caring

Posted on December 28, 2015

As part of my commitment for my placement at Melabev with Skilled Volunteers for Israel (SVFI) I agreed to write about my placement experience and so this memoir includes the important part played by the people at Skilled Volunteers for Israel. From the day I made an enquiry on the website to the day I Continue Reading »

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 »



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