Really Lived There!

Posted on June 2, 2016

Three days a week for four weeks this spring, I walked through the Jaffa Gate into the Old City of Jerusalem, weaving my way on the narrow stone streets past vendors and tourists, stopping sometimes for a bagel at Hurva Square, to a two-story building on Mount Zion Road. Could anyone have a better commute Continue Reading »

Bonus to Volunteering

Posted on May 7, 2014

I recently returned from volunteering in Israel for 5 weeks with my daughter Molly.  This has been my third winter spent volunteering in Israel; however, the first with a travel buddy.  Molly had graduated from college in December and had time to travel before she started graduate school in the summer.  She had heard me Continue Reading »

Week 2 – Mud Huts, Soup and Middle East Politics!

Posted on October 8, 2013

Much has happened since arriving at the Mosenson Youth Camp more than week ago. Food is fuel so I will start with it. Helping kitchen staff clean up after lunch means I eat before the hoards of howling students invade the cafeteria. Lunch is generally good particularly soup, which is made by “souper” chef originally from Mexico. When I compliment him in awkward Spanish he Continue Reading »

Blank Canvas – A Volunteer Painter Builds Colorful Memories

Posted on March 8, 2013

Chip Kogan lives near Cleveland, Ohio.  A retired teacher and youth leader, Chip also knows how to do light maintenance, painting, cooking, catering….He brings a plethora of skills coupled with his “can-do” attitude. Chip spent 6 weeks in Israel in 2012 volunteering in Tzfat with a group of Jewish young adults.  His experience only fueled Continue Reading »

Sustainable Expertise

Posted on August 7, 2012

  Dr. Joan Lurie volunteered at a start-up Jerusalem based non profit that promotes and manifests an inter-religious vision for environmental sustainability by encouraging the cooperation and training of religious leaders, teachers, and communities on ecological issues.  Joan shares her experience:   “Yonatan Neril – director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainability – is a very Continue Reading »

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