A New Kind of Family

This post was written by Dana Larsen. Dana was a participant on this summer’s Yahel Repair the World Onward Israel Service-learning Initiative in Be’er Sheva. As the New Year approaches, I reminded of how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to live and engage in service learning in such an incredible place, surrounded by remarkable people. For six weeks … More A New Kind of Family

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

Shabbat Homestay in the Ethiopian-Israel Community

This post was written by Ben Benson, a participant from Camp Tawonga on a 4-week service-learning trip with Yahel-Israel Service Learning. After volunteering alongside teens in an Ethiopian-Israeli community in Yavne, the group members are now learning about social change initiatives throughout the country as they tour Israel in the final weeks of their trip.  Two days ago, … More Shabbat Homestay in the Ethiopian-Israel Community

When You Get to the Bottom – A Poem / Benson Ansell, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

  When You Get to the Bottom   When you get to the bottom, you you you You gotta push, gotta push When you’re feeling real low, with no place to go You gotta push, gotta push When you try to make it out, but you’re filled with self-doubt, You gotta push, gotta push Now … More When You Get to the Bottom – A Poem / Benson Ansell, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

Religious Pluralism and Political Advocacy in Jerusalem / Yahel Social Change Program Update

Can you think of a better place than Jerusalem to study religious pluralism and advocacy work in Israel? Here are some of the highlights from last week’s Yahel Social Change Program four-day seminar focusing on just that. The group started their trip visiting Rabbi Levi Lauer, founder and CEO of ATZUM- Justice Works (one of our … More Religious Pluralism and Political Advocacy in Jerusalem / Yahel Social Change Program Update

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

The Whole World is a Narrow Bridge / Samantha Sisisky, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

My experience with Yahel continues to inspire and challenge me everyday.  When I got to Israel in September, I knew I wanted to learn more about this country, but I’m not sure if I really knew what I was getting into.  My eyes have been opened to some problematic parts of living here, but more … More The Whole World is a Narrow Bridge / Samantha Sisisky, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

Learning Doesn’t Stop on Vacation, David Aptaker / Yahel Social Change Program Participant

A lot has happened in the past months. But no part of the program has felt quite as high spirited as the holiday season here in Israel.  It’s been a great stretch of fun since Purim.  I think my highlight, however, was the Pesach break.  It wasn’t just vacation and a full halt to learning. … More Learning Doesn’t Stop on Vacation, David Aptaker / Yahel Social Change Program Participant