Building A Home For All Jewish People

As a veteran of the Israeli army and a learned Jew, I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about the country I served: I attended Jewish day school, went to Jewish summer camp and traveled to Israel often.
I first realized how complex Israeli society was when I was in the army about a year ago. I quickly learned that not all Israeli citizens were comfortable with the way they were being treated. … More Building A Home For All Jewish People

Advertisements

Community: A Feeling of Fellowship

Today’s participant blog post comes from Eliza Baskin, a participant of the Yahel Social Change Program. This group is living, learning and volunteering in the Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood of Rishon LeZion for 9 months this year. Eliza’s post comes after a 5-day seminar in the North of Israel, opening the program’s segment on Community.  This past week, … More Community: A Feeling of Fellowship

Food: A Method for the Relaying of Information

Today’s blog was written by a participant in Yahel‘s Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative in Be’er Sheva. Approaching Kalisher absorption center for the first time, I was presented with a lackluster apartment complex. With decaying walls and unkempt hallways, I was unimpressed with the conditions and facilities of the absorption center.  Soon I was introduced … More Food: A Method for the Relaying of Information

Urban Agriculture: The Promise of Plenty and the Menace of Maintenance

This post was written by a Doni Kaye, a participant on the Repair the World Onward Israel Service-learning Program in Be’er Sheva. The group members are encountering social change initiatives in the Negev region and receiving training to be leaders when they return to their campuses in the fall. Doni is volunteering with Earth’s Promise. … More Urban Agriculture: The Promise of Plenty and the Menace of Maintenance

Reflections on Service-Learning, Greater Philadelphia Hillel in Netivot

In June, 2013, 15 college students from Hillel of Greater Philadelphia came to Netivot on an alternative break program with Yahel. They came to volunteer and learn together with Israelis in the community. The students stayed with families in Netivot and volunteered with several different local organizations. Below, Kelilah Miller, one of the staff members, shares her … More Reflections on Service-Learning, Greater Philadelphia Hillel in Netivot

Rebecca Lee’s Lonely Planet Guide to Gedera, Israel / Rebecca Lee, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

I’m not going to lie and say that I felt comfortable and at home in Gedera as soon as I arrived. My first few days were filled with worries about the new place and I began to wonder how I was going to spend nine and a half months here. As I explored this new … More Rebecca Lee’s Lonely Planet Guide to Gedera, Israel / Rebecca Lee, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

Beyond Birthright: Jewish students return to Israel to do some good / Danna Harman, Haaretz

                  This is a profile on the Yahel Social Change Program, a nine month service learning program where participants live, learn and work in an Ethiopian-Israeli community. This article originally appeared on Haaretz.com; you can view the original article here.  Masada: check. Jerusalem’s old city: check. Tel … More Beyond Birthright: Jewish students return to Israel to do some good / Danna Harman, Haaretz

The Shoom Project / David Korolnek, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

What can I say? There use to be a plot of land on the edge of our community garden here in Gedera where the soil was bad. There was junk everywhere. But, we cleaned it up.   The Shoom (Garlic) Project is a great opportunity for Ethiopian men in our community to take part in … More The Shoom Project / David Korolnek, Yahel Social Change Program Participant