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

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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

The Common Bond / Erica Mitchell, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

After graduating from college, I wanted to take at least one year off before deciding on a career. I wanted to experience something new and different and also wished to be of service and give back. I looked into programs from Africa to India, when I came across something that stood out. But, it was … More The Common Bond / Erica Mitchell, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

Filling in the Gaps / Rebecca Lee, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

During my senior year of college, I took a seminar called “[the] Multiple Voices of Israeli Society.”  We read articles and had discussions about several groups of people including the Ashkenazim, the Mizrahim, and the Palestinians but the Ethiopian Jews in Israel were barely mentioned.   I had heard that there were Jews in Ethiopia but … More Filling in the Gaps / Rebecca Lee, Yahel Social Change Program Participant

Spotlight on Collaboration: Featuring Gill Schramm

Since Yahel’s inception, we have developed and maintained a strong partnership with Friends by Nature (FBN) – the grassroots NGO that works in the fields of community empowerment and education in Ethiopian Israeli communities across Israel. This partnership has blossomed beautifully and created a platform for Yahel participants to work very closely and develop deep … More Spotlight on Collaboration: Featuring Gill Schramm

The Jewish-Ethiopian Experience: A Personal Account / by Avi Dnku

“I was unaware, when the news broke in Israel, about a group of residents from Kiryat Malachi who refused to rent or sell their homes and apartments to Ethiopians. The home owners claimed that the Ethiopians would “lower” the market value of their homes. At the time, I was working with an American group – Yahel … More The Jewish-Ethiopian Experience: A Personal Account / by Avi Dnku