Israeli Non-Profits

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 »

Marketing Plan & Toolkit from a 3 week volunteer

Posted on August 14, 2014

I had the privilege of volunteering in Israel this summer via Skilled Volunteers for Israel.  From the outset, the Skilled Volunteers for Israel team was very responsive and supportive.  After an initial phone interview, they worked long and hard to find the ideal volunteer placement for me. I volunteered at Be-Atzmi, an important Israeli NGO Continue Reading »

Simple Goals – Rewarding Experience – Final Thoughts

Posted on January 22, 2014

One week from now I will be somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, on my way back to Pittsburgh.  Much has happened since my last post in mid-December, 2013.  Here is how it all turned out: At the end of my first two months here, I noticed a real improvement in my Hebrew — both listening Continue Reading »

Simple Goals – Rewarding Experience

Posted on December 18, 2013

My goals when I applied to Skilled Volunteers for Israel were simple: find an “excuse” to spend a few months in Israel; reconnect with the family that hosted me as a high school student for 6 months in 1970; revive and improve my Hebrew; get to know Jerusalem; and “understand” Israel today. My training and 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 »

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 »

Beyond Politics – the Human Face of Asylum

Posted on August 2, 2012

Lionel Rabie has extensive experience in the food and hospitality industry.  He put his business experience to work volunteering to provide one on one consultancy with an Asylum Seeker in Tel Aviv who was starting up a bakery business.  Through Microfy, an organization that provides training and micro loans to Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Lionel’s Continue Reading »

Digitize, Visualize, Optimize, An Archivist’s Volunteer Experience

Posted on November 1, 2011

Skilled Volunteers for Israel placed Mordecai Walfish  as a volunteer archivist with the Mandel Foundation.  Read about his experience sharing his very unique expertise. For the past three years, I have been working for the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA), first as its content manager, then its Assistant Director, and now as Continue Reading »

Sudanese Refugee Starts National Service At Nitzana

Posted on August 25, 2011

Of Interest:  HaAretz (25 August 2011) article about the first African refugee to start Israel’s pre-army national service program.   Tom Hassan is doing his national service at Nitzana, an educational youth village located just beyond the border with Egypt.  Nitzana offers a variety of educational programs that serve Israeli and Global Jews including disadvantaged Israeli Continue Reading »



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