Volunteering in Israel

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Volunteerism in Israel
Almost one third of all Israelis are volunteers. In fact, Israel itself may be regarded to be the result of a very successful voluntary effort.

Volunteerism: The beautiful side of Israeli society
There are 24,000 active volunteer organizations in Israel.

Environmental volunteerism in Israel
Tens of thousands of environmentally minded citizens have already joined the system.

Guide to being a Kibbutz volunteer in Israel
This free guide will offer tips, hints and information on being a kibbutz volunteer.

london anaesthetist and Hatzola doctor wins prestigious award
Dr Asher Lewinsohn of Edgware, London wins Government's volunteering award and apologises to family for 'many missed dinners,
while helping Jewish emergency ambulance charity Hatzola has been awarded a coveted British Citizen Award for Volunteering.

Child heart surgery NGO first Israeli charity to win UN Population Award
The organization founded by surgeon Dr. Amram Cohen 21 years ago has treated children arriving from More than 20 Third world countries.
The organization brings children to Israel in groups of four to seven at a time, accompanied by an adult from their place of origin. A parent or a relative accompanies children under the age of three.
The children are first brought to the organization's children's home in Holon, where the live before and after the surgery. The average stay time is 6-8 weeks, depending on the child's condition, recovery time, and the accompanying adult's ability to travel back with the child.

In nation’s capital, Jewish teens with disabilities offer summer help to homeless, hungry, seniors
Students with a wide variety of disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, learning and attention issues, mental-health challenges and other disabilities are improving the lives of people in need in Washington, D.C.

This summer, volunteers will visit lonely, homebound seniors to help them celebrate Shabbat, volunteer with young cancer patients at a local hospital, and prep a Jewish school for the upcoming school year. Volunteers learn about management and project administration, Jewish traditions, how to set goals and objectives correctly, and the best tools to build community.

Changemakers shine
Perth’s Carmel School graduate Talya Faigenbaum and current Year 12 student, Gila Cherny recently won in their categories at the JNF B’nai B’rith Jewish Changemaker Awards in SydneyGraduate Shayna Slotnar has been selected to represent Australia at the Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders Summit in Israel

Rank and File: Volunteers Clean 2,250 Pounds of Trash at Jaffa Beach
If you’ve ever looked at an Israeli beach and thought, “Wow, there must be a ton of trash there,” you’re probably right. Last Friday, 75 volunteers from Plastic Free Israel picked up 1,019 kilograms (2,250 pounds) of trash at Midron Yaffo Park in under two hours.

MDA Volunteers Celebrate 38 Years Of Paramedic Training
MDA boasts being Israel’s largest volunteer organization with 2,000 employees and 22,000 volunteers and ‘Ne’emanei Chaim’ responders. 1,275 paramedics are operating in MDA today, serving all the populations including Jewish, Arab, Christian, Druse, new immigrants, veteran Israelis religious and secular.
The paramedics include 697 employees and 578 volunteers, of which 28 are serving in national/civilian service. 975 of the paramedics are men and 300 women.

A staff member observes A Birthright's Special Needs trips
imagine a single ​Birthright group of not 40 participants, but only​ of​ 10​.​ Ten participants with special needs. You will be surprised to discover that the difference between this group and ​other groups is not ​vast.
Over the past few months, I have coordinated a large number of Taglit-Birthright Israel groups, two of which ​were of special needs participants.

Chabad’s CTeen Cares Program spreads community kindness
Teens dedicated the week to the memory of their friend Adi Wolff: Highlights include car washing and soup making, basketball and boot camp.
Jewish teens from throughout Orange County spent a week recently dedicated to community service in the memory of their friend Adi Wolff of Monroe, who was a member of the CTeen Club.
“The greatest gift we can give our teens is giving,” says Chana Burston, who co-directs Chabad of Orange County with her husband, Rabbi Pesach

Volunteer dedicates his life to Jewish community
Louis Vener was just nine years old when his father handed him a paint-roller and encouraged him to pitch in on a community synagogue-building project in 1950s Chula Vista.Nearly 60 years later, the La Jolla resident is still pitching in for his community. He recently finished up a 15-year stretch on the board of Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) and is now in his ninth year of delivering kosher meals to housebound seniors and the disabled

Jewish Federation director a tireless humanitarian
The Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties has a board of directors and about 40 volunteers. It also sponsors other events, such as bringing in internationally known speakers, that are free and open to the public.
amnong programs the federation has been involves in : the Jerry Dolinar Food Bank, the School Supply Back Pack program and the newest program, the Disaster Aid program. For the latter money and/or supplies are sent wherever the need exists, such as internationally to the disadvantaged in Israel

Redbridge Jewish Community Centre volunteers recognised at MIKE awards
A hundred and ten young people participating in the Mike (Motivation, Inspiration, Knowledge and Education) programme received certificates at an award ceremony in the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre

Knesset honors Israel’s outstanding Anglos
Nefesh B'Nefesh-led Bonei Zion prize focuses on recipients' contributions to the country

Why People Love Volunteering in Israel
In Israel, volunteerism is a core part of the culture. Israeli children spend many hours each week involved in community projects through their youth movements.
n Israel, volunteerism is a core part of the culture. Israeli children spend many hours each week involved in community projects through their youth movements. Through the army or Sherut Leumi, young adults commit a few years of their lives to serving their country. New Olim, who come to Israel with passion, drive, and the desire to contribute to Israeli society, find themselves making a bigger impact than they ever imagined possible.

The President emphasized that there are National Service volunteers working in every department of his office. “We would not be able to function without them,” he said

Holocaust survivors share their stories over meals with volunteers in an expanding circle of support
"There are over 300 Holocaust survivors living in Orange County that we know of," said Cally Clein, manager of the Holocaust survivor program for JFFS. "And a large percentage of them are living at or around the poverty line and are very isolated."

"Many of them were traumatized as children, teens or young adults, so it affected their ability to create stable relationships in their family circle," she said.

A special day made this sick boy's dream come true
A letter received by United Hatzalah rescue service asked that they help a sick child feel first hand what it was like to volunteer in a rescue organization. Volunteers from the organization provided the child with an ambulance to take him from place to place as well as monitoring his health throughout the day

Judaism on Kindness to Animals
“tsa’ar ba’alei hayim,” the requirement “to prevent the suffering of living creatures”
Americans cherish their pets, but few realize that the responsibility to care well for them is mandated and even stressed throughout the Bible and Jewish literature.
Jews can take pride in our ancient laws and traditions that, for thousands of years

Jewish Pet Rescuers Find a Heartfelt Calling
Jews are a vital part of the pet rescue industry in Georgia, from the national to the local level and from volunteer to staff member. Most of those involved with sheltering and fostering animals see it as their responsibility to give back to their community and to care for those who don’t have a voice, but bring so much unconditional love to humans

Ezer Mizion Highlighted at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.
Ezer Mizion, Israel’s largest non-profit organization providing health support services in Israel and The Jewish Bone Marrow Registry around the world, was prominently featured by The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) at its recently held policy conference in Washington for its growing efforts and contributions in Israel, the United States and around the world with a special emphasis on its global bone

Volunteers, Locals Join Forces to Fight Arson Attacks from Gaza
We focus on the ground, in order to direct forces to the fires and prevent them from spreading, not on the kites and balloons as we don’t have the tools for that,” Doron Cohen, deputy to the CEO of Hashomer HaChadash tells the volunteers as they prepare for the afternoon shift at one of three look out posts manned by the HaShomer HaChadash (The New Guardians), an NGO that provides security and protection to remote agricultural communities. Other organizations such as the kibbutz movement man additional posts in the area

Why Volunteering Is Good For Your Career As Well As Your Soul
Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training which may also benefit you in the workplace.
Develop your interpersonal skills and build your networks - Volunteering brings together a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Mission to Israel strengthens Chicago Jewish women’s connection to Israel
Forty women traveled with the group, 11 of them first-timers to Israel. During the mission, they have journeyed through the Old City of Jerusalem and celebrated Shabbat at the Kotel. We shared Shabbat with Bat-Galim Shaar, mother of Gilad Shaar, one of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered during the summer of 2014.

Prime Minister honours mother of terror victim for volunteering venture
Marsha Gladstone has been recognised for the work of the Yoni Jesner Foundation
Gladstone a mother of a young Glaswegian killed in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in 2002 has been honoured by the Prime Minister for the volunteering charity she founded in his name.
Gladstone is the one of the latest recipients of the Points of Light award, recognising those who inspire others and make a difference within their communities.
Ms Gladstone set up the Yoni Jesner Foundation in memory of her late son's commitment to social action.

Volunteers for Israel dig into new program starting this fall
Volunteers for Israel, a 36-year-old nonprofit organization that encourages American Jews to lend their services to help the Jewish state, announces a new pilot program that tacks on archeology to its endeavors from Nov. 18 to Dec. 1.

How volunteering became outreach for millennials distanced from the Jewish community
As a college student, Jake Max assumed he would work in banking or consulting after graduation. That was the path favored by many of his classmates.
But after experiencing the 2016 presidential campaign his senior year at Emory University, Max was spurred to action and decided to apply for a yearlong social justice fellowship
Max spent the next 12 months volunteering at food pantries and soup kitchens across Brooklyn, working as a soccer coach for disadvantaged kids and attending events by different nonprofit organizations

Israelis join week-long operation to rescue 12 boys trapped in Thailand cave
Israeli rescuers have been part of an international effort to reach 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than a week in a flooded cave in Thailand, and have told Israeli media that some divers involved in the operation are now feared dead.

The Volunteers Who Hug Babies Abandoned in Israel's Hospitals
300 babies are abandoned in Israel each year. Sivan Almoz, director of an organization that sends volunteers to be with those often ill infants, talks about her work and her own rough start.

Meet the refugees who sought sanctuary with Jewish volunteers
we speak to the men rebuilding their lives in the heart of our west London Jewish community,He is a Sunni Muslim, but on the door he opens each night after work there is a mezuzah, and his housemates are a Jewish couple in their 70s.
He is one of 850 refugees to be offered a safe place to live through Refugees at Home — a British charity aiming to connect those with a spare room with asylum seekers and refugees in need of accommodation.

New website centralizes Jewish volunteer opportunities
When the new website Mitzvah Hub, , launches this fall, it will become much easier to find volunteer opportunities within the Jewish community, building a library of potential volunteer opportunities. and will launch the public-facing side of the project, which will consist of volunteer opportunities organized by category and include the most up-to-date contact information.

Jewish Pavilion volunteers bring joy to senior residents
A huge and sincere thank you goes out to Rebecca Kleiman and Susan Bernstein who have become devoted Jewish Pavilion volunteers.

A Jersey teen wins national award from Hadassah
Allison Kashan committed to ‘changing the world’ and hopes to change the world for the better, the 17-year-old junior is off to a good start. Thanks to her academic achievements and numerous activities in both the Jewish and general communities, Allison is one of two winners of the national 2018 Leaders of Tomorrow Award from Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America.

Tomorrow’s Jewish doers and leaders
So many Jewish institutions are asking how they might engage younger people, raise a new generation of leaders and appeal across age groups. How might they advance the Jewish journeys of their volunteers, followers and “users,” and take them further toward greater interest in and commitment to Jewish life

Volunteers honored for service and inspiration
The prize is awarded every year to 12 individuals and organizations who through their volunteer activities, have made valuable contributions to society.
olunteers who have been an inspiration to others were applauded at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday night.

While not everyone has the ability to turn personal tragedy into a powerful force for good for the benefit of others, sometimes, the pain of loss leads to greater understanding of the suffering of similarly bereaved people and prompts a desire to help them to overcome, inasmuch as that is possible.
Among those who were recognized at the event was Eli Ben-Shem. Ben-Shem is a prominent figure in Israel’s construction industry who lost his wife to cancer. A few years later, in February 1997, he lost his 21-year-old son, 1st Lt. Kobi Ben-Shem in the disaster in which 73 soldiers were killed when the transport helicopters in which they were riding, collided in midair and crashed to the ground in a moshav in the Upper Galilee. Kobi had been an intelligence officer with a bright future.

Like so many bereaved parents whose sons and daughters have lost their lives during army service, Eli Ben-Shem turned to Yad Lebanim, the organization that memorializes fallen soldiers and helps their families, and in a relatively short period of time became its chairman.

The army is not always willing to provide space in a military cemetery for soldiers who deserted or committed some other crime. Ben-Shem argues that regardless of what the soldier may have done, the parents still undergo the pain of loss, and he steps in to persuade the army that anyone who at age 18 answered a call to serve, deserves to be buried in a military cemetery. He has engaged in many additional activities on behalf of bereaved parents, and in recognition of this, he was chosen to be among this year’s recipients of the President’s Prize for Volunteerism.

The prize is awarded every year to 12 individuals and organizations who through their volunteer activities, have made valuable contributions to society.

This is the 44th year in which the prizes were awarded.

Hundreds of nominations are received each year, and the advisory committees that examine each recommendation always has a hard time deciding on the most outstanding volunteers.

To ease the burden of choice, prizes each year are given within a specific framework.

PRIZE WINNERS who were applauded at the ceremony on Wednesday night were all veteran volunteers who turned their volunteerism into a way of life.

Miriam Grossman, a member of Kibbutz Gal-On in the Negev, was born in London in 1939, and immigrated to Israel in 1961. In 1996, her son Gal was killed in a motor accident while serving in the military police. In reaction to her personal tragedy, Grossman established People in Red, an organization dedicated to traffic safety and to reducing carnage on the roads.

Community service was always part of Grossman’s life – something she learned in her parents’ home in London and in the Zionist Youth Movement, through which she came to Israel. For many years, she ran the Yoav Regional Community Center. She was also a Jewish National Fund emissary in Canada. Following her son’s death, she went each Friday to a different traffic intersection in the South to create awareness of the need for road safety. The placards that she and others carried were emblazoned with the words “An end to bloodshed on the roads.”

Ilana Harel, 90, was the oldest individual award recipient. Born in Bialystok in 1928, she escaped from the ghetto during the Second World War, and survived by assuming a false identity and working as a Christian caregiver to a sick woman. She came to Israel in 1948, married and raised a family. For many years she worked as the accounts manager at Rafael Defense Systems. Concurrent with her work there, she determined that her life’s achievement would be to help new immigrants find their place in the country and to help them cope with any problems they might have. As a Holocaust survivor whose whole family was murdered, she felt she had been spared for a purpose, which was to give of herself to others.

Harel was not the only Holocaust survivor among the recipients. Haim Roth, who was born in Amsterdam in 1932, witnessed as a boy of 11, the deportation of his two sisters and his grandfather to Auschwitz, and his adopted brother to Mauthausen. His mother succeeded in evading deportation and in saving him, three of his brothers and his father, and until the end of the war, they were given refuge by a Christian family and lived with false identities.

Roth came to Israel with his family, and for some years worked as an economist. But it was always important to him to maintain the memory of the Holocaust, and he was active in various organizations whose goal it was to perpetuate knowledge of the calamity that had befallen the Jewish people.

Some 30 years ago, he founded the

Rank and File: Volunteering Is Good for Your Health, Says ESRA
HONORING THE VOLUNTEERS: ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, honored over a dozen people at its biannual Volunteer Award event

Rank and File: 40 Young Immigrants Arrive in Israel, Ready to Serve in the Army
A group of 40 young immigrants from the United States landed in Israel on Wednesday, and all plan to volunteer in the Israeli military in the coming months.

Daughter of Nazis awarded for saving lives in Israel
EMS volunteer Tina Berkovitz converted to Judaism, works in an Israeli ER - and is the daughter of Nazis.

The main goal of Tuesday’s nationwide event is to build stronger communities through getting people to take their first step towards making volunteering part of their daily lives.

Israeli backpackers volunteer in Rio’s slums to remember a friend
'Heroes for Life' group teaches at and renovates elementary schools in impoverished favelas, in memory of Brazilian youth killed in Israel

For these veteran immigrants who volunteer at United Hatzalah, contributing to Israel is a way of life.

Yes we kendo! Volunteer martial artists teach kids with cancer to fight the pain
What makes you stronger? Nonprofit Kids Kicking Cancer finds the answer in breathing, punching and kicking - and paying it forward

Tupelo to Israel: Longtime teacher sees dreams come true through trips abroad
TUPELO – Allen Cayson has been a school teacher and coach for the past 28 years. He loves his work, but he’s long had two dreams that both seemed out of reach until recently: to be in the military, and to travel to Israel.

Special needs volunteers to operate kennels on bases around the country.

That Time That a Group of Druze Teenagers Set an Example For the Rest of Israel
“I believe that one of the challenges facing Israeli today is a lack of connection and understanding between our youth and the golden-years generation.” So said Yasmin Kara, the Spokesperson for the Druze Division of The General Federation of Working and Studying Youth in Israel (NOAL). Kara hails from Daliyat al-Carmel and has just instituted a program that she sees as bridging this gap and helping connect these two isolated social groupings.

At the Rehabilitation Kennel at Hadassah Ne’urim Youth Village, both children and the animals they treat are able to heal.

Watch: The Israeli-Arab Santa who volunteers at children's hospitals
Nichola Abdo, 58, has been volunteering as Santa Claus for the past 30 years. He visits special ed schools and children's hospitals, giving out presents, singing carols and putting a smile on every child's face.

One hundred senior representatives from the Toronto Jewish community met with young alumni of the Jewish Agency’s Project TEN this week in Israel.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) runs activities in eight different countries.

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