Immigrants, Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Passport to a Better Future

Posted on April 6, 2016

Sometimes you just walk into a place and know that one person can really make a difference. I felt that immediately when I first met the director, Judith bar Zemer, at “Mercaz Klass” learning center in the Katamon Gonen neighborhood of Jerusalem. Under Judith’s tutelage, the children from ages 6 through 18 receive tutoring in Continue Reading »

Volunteering at the Macro Level

Posted on May 31, 2015

I am so grateful to Skilled Volunteers for connecting me with ORAM International. Terry and Marla worked with me to find a placement that would be of interest, benefit from my skill set, and fit with my schedule and needs. The work at ORAM combines my editing skills and my social work background extremely well. Continue Reading »

Russians, Bedouins, Young and Old

Posted on May 13, 2015

Zev and Alla Fayngold have spent much of their volunteer time in Yerucham interviewing Russian residents of the town and capturing their stories. As the Volunteer in the Negev program comes to a close, Zev shares how they have been wrapping up and documenting these amazing stories. What a legacy to leave for all. Following Continue Reading »

Reliving History, Making New History- 4 Day Synopsis

Posted on May 11, 2015

May 10, 2015 Zev and Alla Fayngold are continuing their work to interview Russians in Yerucham and record their stories. We had  interviews with 3 families. Life is taking its toll,- the number of WWII veterans is getting smaller and smaller.   All three of the families we met shared the stories of the war Continue Reading »

BeerSheba-From the Desert like a Flower

Posted on May 7, 2015

Wednesday 7 May, 2015 Zev and Alla Fayngold took Wednesday morning off to visit with old friends in Beer Sheba. This morning we traveled to Beersheva with a local resident Itay Gelber and his co-workers.  There are buses frequently between Yerucham and Beer Sheba but we were fortunate to be offered a ride instead. We Continue Reading »

Where Russians from Miami Meet Russians from Yerucham

Posted on May 6, 2015

The following posts capture the unique and amazing experiences of Zev and Alla Fayngold, Miami residents who are participating in the Volunteer in the Negev program. Originally from the Former Soviet Union (FSU), Zev and Alla’s volunteer assignment was specifically designed to introduce and connect them to the Russian immigrant community in the Negev. Please Continue Reading »

Jerusalem’s “Gold”

Posted on March 29, 2015

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you probably noticed that this past month there were elections here in Israel. Results of the elections aside, it pained me to not be able to cast my ballot in the place that I am living, to be part of the process that shapes the lives and Continue Reading »

Ann Jaffe-Their Success is My Success

Posted on June 30, 2013

All my life I have wanted to go to Israel.  Although I have now been here many times, this time I have had the privilege of not only being her but of being of service here. Although I am studying Hebrew as part of my program, I am happy to spend the other part of Continue Reading »

Rebecca Cushman reflects

Posted on June 30, 2013

I’ve always been taught about the emphasis that Judaism places on helping others and giving back to the community. As I spend these next few weeks in Israel, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take the Jewish values I was raised with and apply them to my work with Bizchut. As an organization, Continue Reading »

Empowering Self Sufficiency and Community Strength

Posted on January 9, 2013

In late August of 2012, a volunteer at the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) wrote an editorial for the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, abhorring the Israeli Interior Minister’s request to detain Sudanese asylum seekers in make-shift tents in the Negev desert beginning in October 2012.  Many of these people were survivors of the Darfur genocide, and Continue Reading »

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