Caring for Community

Best Place to Be

Posted on February 24, 2015

In one room, four pre-teen girls closely followed the complicated sequence of Zumba steps their teacher, Lisa, was doing in time to the music. In an adjacent room, a small group of children, aged 6-13, sat in a circle petting a variety of animals brought in by Aryeh, a volunteer from the community. One boy Continue Reading »

A Week of Caring and Contributing

Posted on February 5, 2015

I have just returned to the UK after an inspiring and rewarding week and I feel privileged to have experienced the amazing, warm, caring and positive environment at Melabev. My husband is a dentist and was going to Israel to work for a week with deprived children at the Trudi Birger Clinic in Talpiot  and Continue Reading »

Double Volunteer Opportunities in Jerusalem

Posted on December 24, 2014

Like many Jews, I often desired to go to Israel to nourish my Jewish roots in the land of our ancestors. So, when we enrolled our daughter in the semester-long NFTY EIE program in Israel, I seized the opportunity and, with the blessing of my family, I went there too. Of course, I wanted to do Continue Reading »

Building Bridges

Posted on November 12, 2014

Skilled Volunteers for Israel arranged for two placements for me during my stay, Israel Elwyn and the Fair Tourism Project of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations.   I enjoyed both settings and was glad to have a chance to be involved with two such diverse organisations. Israel Elwyn provides a wide range of services for Continue Reading »

So Many Stories

Posted on August 27, 2014

This summer I volunteered at Melabev three times a week for three weeks.  Melabev is a day care center for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  My role, in its essence, was to listen.  What did I hear? Stories.  So many stories, like snapshots from the past.  Reimagined, sparked from some suggestion, Continue Reading »

Meeting “Builders of Israel” at Jerusalem Memory Club

Posted on August 25, 2014

What kinds of games did the kids of Jerusalem play, before Israel was Israel? What songs did they sing, and how did they meet the love of their life? I had the opportunity to hear the answers to these questions, and more, volunteering at Beit Melabev this summer with Skilled Volunteers for Israel. For a Continue Reading »

Melabev-Volunteers Make a Difference

Posted on December 10, 2013

Volunteering at Melabev, a daycare center for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia I have volunteered with all three groups at Melabev, each at different level of cognitive functioning, and each group having activities appropriately tailored to same.  People who attend the program are called members and Melabev is called a club.  When I was Continue Reading »

Being Present: A Precious Gift

Posted on August 21, 2013

Submitted by Bina Raskin 8.20.13 My first time in Israel has been amazing. I have been in Jerusalem now for almost 2 months.  During the first part of the summer I was engaged in studying at an Ulpan and touring sites. I had been feeling a deep desire to contribute to the Jewish community in Continue Reading »

A Volunteer Reflects

Posted on August 21, 2012

Ruth Wicks is a Volunteer & Study participant.  Ruth volunteered with two organizations during her three week experience.  She shares something of her experiences – the positive, the frustrating and her insights into some of the realities of volunteering over a short period. Hod Jerusalem Home,  a residential home for elderly people with serious challenges, both mental and Continue Reading »

In the Company of Angels

Posted on July 31, 2012

This morning, my poor heart was both crying and smiling at the same time. From 9:00 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. I was at Melabev in Jerusalem. You see, as much as I like reading lots of books, taking exercise classes at the YMCA  and playing “words with friends,” I have felt somewhat unproductive while in Continue Reading »

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