Volunteer in the Negev

Cinco de Mayo Israel Style

Posted on May 6, 2015

Yerucham, Israel, May 5, 2015  (please revisit this post for photos to be added soon!)   Cinco de Mayo and we were the guests of the Indians.    No John Wayne – this congregation is the real thing.  Formed in 1962 by settlers from Bombay (Mumbai), Yerucham is home to approximately 200 Indian family members.   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 »

What a Difference!!

Posted on May 5, 2015

Jackie Koptowsky writes about her second day of volunteering. An experienced educator and educational administrator, Jackie brings unique professional insights into her volunteer settings. “What a difference a day makes!” Today we were in an elementary school that is comparable to an Art and Science Magnet School in the United States.  The students had beautiful Continue Reading »

Diverse Experiences Packed into One Day

Posted on May 5, 2015

Joe and Jackie Koptowsky are volunteering together in Yerucham at several local schools.  In addition, they are volunteering in the afternoon with Engliyada – an individualized English conversation program that pairs local Yerucham residents with native English speakers. Several evenings a week, the volunteers attend workshops or cultural sites to learn more about the community of Continue Reading »

The Ness Loan Fund

Posted on May 5, 2015

Submitted by Howard Schneider, May 4, 2015, Beersheba, Israel A very busy yet interesting day.   I arose at 7 to meet my ride to Beersheba. Today is the meeting of the Ness Loan Fund.   The Ness Loan Fund was established to assist small businesses in the Negev. It is a joint program of Continue Reading »

Launching the 2015 Volunteers in the Negev – First Impressions

Posted on May 4, 2015

The 2015 Volunteers in the Negev program launched on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  Six volunteers from Miami landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel and were immediately swept off to the Negev Desert to the small community of Yerucham, Miami’s partnership city. Lynne Elster, Howard Schneider, Alla and Zev Fayngold and Joseph and Jackie Koptowsky Continue Reading »

Yerucham Engliada Video Clips

Posted on March 4, 2014

Want to hear and see the excitement on Yerucham’s English language learning program which is part of the Desert Volunteers Engliada. Engliada Buzz Engliada Students Cooperatively designed, implemented and financed by   

“They Called This Place Yerucham”

Posted on June 15, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013 Capturing the Spirit of the Desert Volunteers – View this song on YouTube Lyrics by Ron Hoffman; Tune “They Called The Wind Mariah” There is a place in Israel’s lands, That’s dry, and brown and barren. Its settlers told to make a home And they called this place Yerucham. CHORUS: Yerucham, Yerucham. Continue Reading »


Posted on June 12, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 I really thought that this experience was was pretty much over when I wrote my previous blog, but I can not resist sharing last night’s events. They say so much about this town and our work here. Following a mostly routine day of great experiences, last night, the family who have Continue Reading »

One More Sleep…

Posted on June 11, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 It’s so hard to believe! The Engliada Pilot ends tomorrow evening. Participants commented today on the positive changes & improvements they see in themselves as well as others since the inception of the program. Some, who were too afraid to speak a mere week ago, were ecstatic with their increased level of ability Continue Reading »

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