An Internship That’s Not Just Coffee And Copies

Specifically, we want to open dialogues with women about their abilities to discuss if and when to have children with their husbands, as well as the notion that they have agencies over their own bodies, while respecting the fact that both of these ideas are both radical and potentially off-putting to members of the Eritrean community. As we move forward, we will strive to put together a program that respects the norms and values of the community, while simultaneously promoting the benefits of family planning from health and economic standpoints. … More An Internship That’s Not Just Coffee And Copies

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Parsha Shemot

This week’s parsha post was written by Laurie Hunt, Yahel alumna and intern, and a student at the University of Maryland.   The Israelites endure major suffering in this week’s parsha, Shemot, as the Pharaoh of Egypt decreed that they must work as slaves and all of the newborn sons should be killed. Because the Israelites were … More Parsha Shemot

Parsha Vayishlach

This week’s parsha post was written by Amy Weiss, Director of Service-Learning Initiatives, at the University of Maryland Hillel.  In Parsha Vayishlach, Jacob is struggling with the impending reunion with his brother Esau.  While preparing for this encounter, Jacob engages in a wrestling match with a ‘man.’ This man has been interpreted by commentators to represent many … More Parsha Vayishlach

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

Bringing it Home

This blog post was written by Hannah Roberts. Hannah was a participant in the Yahel Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative. Hannah volunteered at a women’s shelter in Be’er Sheva. Part of Yahel’s Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative is to bring our experiences in Israel back to our college campuses; for me the University … More Bringing it Home

How Do We Say Goodbye?

Today’s blog was written by Miriam Aniel, a participant in the Yahel Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative in Israel. Miriam volunteered at a women’s shelter in Be’er Sheva for six weeks this summer. Kids fight and make up. Kids stab each other with their words, then join each other for pretend-tea-time. Kids scream and fidget, hug … More How Do We Say Goodbye?

Sideways

This post was written by Ariella Hoffman-Peterson. Ariella is a participant from the Yahel Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative in Be’er Sheva. We think a lot on this program about sustainability in the world of social change. In our context, it means not only working on fixing issues with what we call  “band aid” solutions, but looking … More Sideways