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Volunteering for Purpose

Posted on May 10, 2016

I had been looking to explore another world—a space to give me purpose, pause, and reflection. I needed to briefly step aside from my work in the states to return to a place that would both fulfill my commitment to service and allow me to reconnect with the country I had been away from for Continue Reading »

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 Perfect Match!

Posted on February 24, 2015

“Collaboration” could easily be my middle name. My professional life within the educational, nonprofit world depended on working closely with colleagues.  Collaborating to generate ideas, brainstorm, create diagrams, and organize ideas into charts for strategic planning was the modus operandi I had become accustomed to.  It was second nature after directing many different U.S. Department Continue Reading »

Summer Camp in Jerusalem

Posted on August 27, 2014

This summer, with the help of Skilled Volunteers for Israel, I had the opportunity to work at Camp Shutaf, an inclusion camp for kids with special needs. A few things struck me right away.  It is well-organized like an American camp, but the staff is also able to go with the flow very well, which Continue Reading »

Accomplishing Something in 3 Short Weeks

Posted on August 1, 2014

Recently, I spent three weeks in Jerusalem living, learning and volunteering. I spent the mornings studying Talmud at the Conservative Yeshiva.  Three afternoons a week I worked on helping plan a fundraising exhibition with Shutaf, an organization with a mission to . The other two I spent working at Mercaz KLASS, helping a teenager with Continue Reading »


Inclusion for All!

Posted on September 18, 2013

I was really thrilled this summer to come to Israel: it’s not my first trip there (my 8th, actually) nor is it the first time I volunteered in this country…. but everything’s always new and exciting in life in general and in Israel in particular! This time, I’d been in contact with Skilled Volunteers for Continue Reading »

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