My name is Alexandra Levine and I am in going into my fourth year of studies at McGill, majoring in Honours International Development-with a focus on refugee policies and human rights- accompanied by a minor in Jewish studies. This summer, I was looking for a meaningful internship that not only addressed a key developmental issue, but also one that was able to encompass my Jewish studies, learning, and love of Israel.
Two summers ago I was studying Arab-Israeli conflict in Israel and noticed a large and impoverished African population residing and conversing near the new central bus station in downtown Tel Aviv. I am not sure what it was exactly but something about the scene sparked something inside me and I went home that night to do research regarding what I had seen. Evidently, unbeknownst to me, who at the time was solely focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict, there was a mass wave of asylum seekers entering illegally into Israel through the Sinai, the majority hailing from Eritrea, with other minority groups including Sudanese, Ghanians and Nigerians. … More Working Inside the System to Affect Change
Lod’s wealth in historical property is often overlooked. It was on this particular Wednesday evening that a historical site (“Khan el-Hilu”), once left crumbling to pieces, was filled with life as people hurried to setup for the night market located in the Old City of Lod. Inside the Khan vendors arranged food stations. Outside, clothing and jewelry vendors put up their tables, and a moon bounce was inflated which had kids jumping with anticipation for the event to officially begin. … More The Night Market: Where the Past Meets the Future
Greetings from the bustling Israeli metropolis of Lod! This city will be my home for the next nine months as I take part in the Yahel Social Change program.
Why Lod and what’s this city all about?
Lod is one of many biblical cities in Israel. It’s mentioned multiple times in the Old Testament, it’s the hometown of roman soldier-turned-martyr St. George, 7th century capital of the Muslim military district, Crusader town, Ottoman industrial hotspot and a city called “Lydda” as part of the British Mandate in Palestine. It’s almost impossible to find a city in Israel that is not made up of layers upon layers of history, and Lod is certainly a prime example.
Unfortunately, Lod’s present does not reflect its rich history. Lod is the kind of city that most Israelis stay clear of.
When I was visiting the Israeli consulate to get my visa, the security guard told me, “be careful, that’s a rough place,” upon finding out I would be working in Lod. … More Life in Lod: Challenges and Change
This blog post was written by Rachel Edelman, a participant on last summer’s Onward Israel Repair the World summer program with Yahel. The post was featured on the website, Her Campus. You can find the link here. 1 in 3 women in the United States are raped at some point in their life. It’s a … More A Summer of Empowerment
This post was written by Jessica Baverman. Jessica participated in the Yahel Social Change Program from 2012-13. This article was originally printed in Avodat HaKodesh. I recently completed a nine-month service-learning program in Gedera, Israel, during which I lived in and engaged with the Ethiopian Israeli community. As part of the Yahel Social Change Program, seven … More RELATIONSHIPS MAKE CHANGE: SACRED SERVICE-LEARNING IN ISRAEL
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
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
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
This blog is part three in a three part series called “Money and Morality” written by Ariella Hoffman-Peterson. Ariella is a participant in our Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative in Be’er Sheva. Click to read part one or part two of this series. If empowering another person is the highest level of charity, and actively pursues justice, then how … More Part Three: Jewish Morality in Levinsky Park?
This blog is part two in a three part series called “Money and Morality” written by Ariella Hoffman-Peterson. Ariella is a participant in our Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative in Be’er Sheva. This is Part Two in the series. Click here to read part one. Jewish privilege is not reserved only for American Jews, but in certain … More Part Two: Gaining and Giving