A Purposeful Next Act

Posted on May 14, 2019

In the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, when the kibbutz movement was in full flower, foreigners wanting to help in Israel knew just what was expected of them: get on your hands and knees and start digging in marginal agricultural soils. Or spread the feed in the chicken coops. Or take care of the wee ones, Continue Reading »

Finding My Way In

Posted on November 21, 2017

Skilled Volunteers was fantastic in setting me up quickly with two very interesting opportunities, helping me achieve my goal of giving back to the community. Having arrived in Israel at the beginning of the Succot holidays, I was able to help the staff of a school that were running a day camp during the school Continue Reading »

It’s Not a Dream

Posted on August 24, 2017

I signed on to be a volunteer with Skilled Volunteers for Israel because I was interested in working with Palestinians and Israelis who are committed to promoting shared experiences, and who embrace the possibility of peace through mutual understanding and respect for each others’ culture and history. You may ask: does such a place exist Continue Reading »

Seeing Israel as a volunteer

Posted on January 4, 2017

At breakfast in Machane Yehuda about a year ago, my long-time friend, Terry Hendin, told me about Skilled Volunteers for Israel. I had been visiting Israel almost every year for over 15 years and decided that my next trip might be a better experience if I came as a volunteer. Fast forward to today; I’m Continue Reading »

A Safe Space for All

Posted on December 28, 2015

The International YMCA in Jerusalem: A Truly Safe Space for Palestinian, Christian, and Israeli Jewish Teens One of the highlights of my professional career was volunteering in Jerusalem for the nonprofit organization, Skilled Volunteers for Israel. It was my first time in Israel. While I am a little too “seasoned” to pick grapes on a Continue Reading »

Volunteering: Unpeeling The Dimensions of Israel

Posted on February 4, 2015

As a first time volunteer through Skilled Volunteers for Israel, I learned firsthand that this organization cultivates vital connections, fosters community and nurtures commitment between Diaspora Jews and Israel. One aspect of Skilled Volunteers for Israel that attracted me is the way the organization customizes each volunteer’s experience to his/her interests and skills. Once in Israel, 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 »

Borderless Frontiers

Posted on November 25, 2013

Submitted by Lani Brayer, Melbourne Australia Our journey to Abu Kwedar began with the search for a bridge that was situated just off the main highway. It was dark, therefore the bridge not clearly visible. I immediately thought to myself whether this scene was an allegory for what we were about to witness: the bridge, Continue Reading »

Ben Oppedijk Reflections

Posted on June 30, 2013

Merle Feld’s poem We All Stood Together illustrates a striking reflection between the Jewish people of Biblical Israel and the Jews of Israel today. Feld mourns and condemns the exclusion of women from the Jewish faith. Her fragmented lines give a sense of a voice struggling to be heard. In arguably the greatest Jewish project Continue Reading »

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