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

Jewish Disability Awareness Month

February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM) recognized by the Consortium of Jewish Special Educators. Having had the opportunity to work at a school for students with disabilities this is a topic close to my heart. When I first began my morning volunteer placement, at Belkind school, I would have never imagined how much of an impact it would have one me. Since getting to work hands on with some of the most magnificent children I have ever met I have learned an incredible about. And while the children may think of me as a teacher, really and truly I learn more from them on a daily basis than I could ever teach. … More Jewish Disability Awareness Month

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