Goals & Gratitude

It’s been about three months since I packed up my things and moved across the world to Israel. Things can be disorienting, strange, and uncomfortable when you move to a new country regardless of how much you prepare yourself mentally. There have been challenges that I anticipated (sharing a room, lack of certain creature comforts, homesickness) and those that were unexpected (how much the language barrier would impact me and cultural differences between schools in the U.S. and Israel). But even with these challenges, there is a strong feeling of appreciation for the people and things in my life here that make me feel at home or provide comfort, distraction, or happiness that is unlike anything I have experienced. Below are some of those things. … More Goals & Gratitude

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Sindyanna of Galilee: An Oasis of Coexistence in the Middle East?

Because of Sindyanna, many Arab women in Kufr Kanna who had never worked after they got married are now employed and able to contribute to their households’ incomes. Some of them do not even have to leave their homes: the traditional woven baskets Sindyanna sells can be produced by both Arab and Jewish women in the comfort of their own kitchens. Many of the women I met also enjoyed working in the Visitors Center. They told me it was nice to be able to leave their homes and socialize with other people, especially after their children had all grown up. … More Sindyanna of Galilee: An Oasis of Coexistence in the Middle East?

The Story The News Will Never Write: A Reflection on July 26th, 2016 in East Jerusalem

I cannot tow a line in fear of not offending someone, so I write this piece with the utmost honesty and respect, acknowledging that my perspective is limited and yet, that my personal narrative has value. … More The Story The News Will Never Write: A Reflection on July 26th, 2016 in East Jerusalem

Finding My Place in the Tabenkin School

Now I have been working at Tabenkin for over a month. I have worked at many summer camps, but I have never felt this kind of connection with any kids I have worked with before. My hebrew has improved, I have bonded with the other counselors, and my time spent with the kids continues to be the highlight of my day. When I go home for the weekend I miss the class. When I am with them I feel like I belong. There is nothing I would rather do with my day than spend it at Tabenkin school. In all honesty I have contemplated not coming back to the USA, and instead continuing to work with these kids for the year. I know that this is not realistic, but I can’t imagine being happier doing anything else. … More Finding My Place in the Tabenkin School

A Day in the Life: A Brief Journey Through The Day of a Yahelnik

Today’s participant blog post comes from Larry Gersz, 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. A Day in the Life: A Brief Journey Through The Day of a Yahelnik             Our … More A Day in the Life: A Brief Journey Through The Day of a Yahelnik

Sundays and Wednesdays

Today’s blog was written by a Shirley Roitberg. Shirley attends Northwestern University and was a participant in Yahel‘s Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative in Be’er Sheva.She volunteered at the Beit Yona nursing home in Be’er Sheva. Every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon for 5 weeks, I went to the Beit Yona nursing home in Be’er Sheva. Every Sunday and … More Sundays and Wednesdays

My Yahel Moment #47

This summer, 50 volunteers participated in Yahel Insight programs. Each one will share their “Yahel Moment” on Yahel’s Facebook Page. To follow their moments, please Like us on Facebook. This moment was submitted by Hannah Roberts. My Yahel Moment #47:   “Today was our last day volunteering at the women’s shelter. We began the day … More My Yahel Moment #47

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