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Volunteer opportunities in Israel for all ages


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General

1)Volunteer with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland in Beit Shean
Spend two weeks in our Sister City of Beit Shean. Enjoy the opportunity to get to know the people of Beit Shean through volunteering, develop new friendships and experience the rich culture of Israel. Volunteer opportunities include: Harvesting crops, assisting tourist entrepreneurs, and working on community development. Exact Travel dates TBA but will be in the Winter, 2015.
If you are interested in finding out more please see the 2014 participant blog. The application for winter 2015 program will open in the Fall of 2015. If you would like to be notified when the application is available please email Ilanit Gerblich Kalir at ikalir@jcfcleve.org.

2) Masa Israel Journey–
Masa Israel Journey offers unique opportunities for you to volunteer in communities throughout Israel. Through our partnerships with grassroots and community-based organizations, you can affect change among Israel’s most vulnerable populations. As a Masa Journey Israel, you can integrate service with the exploration of Jewish values as you work to create a more just society.
Website: www.masaisrael.org
Contact: Mirit Balkan-Masa Journey Israel Regional Coordinator
Email: mbalkan@jcfcleve.org
Phone: 216.593.2921

3) Canadian and American Active Retirees in Israel (CAARI) Mission, Jewish National Fund (JNF)

CAARI participants volunteer in Israeli communities and JNF forests, tour the country, visit historical sites, meet and spend time with Israelis and learn about the issues and challenges that face Israel on a daily basis. Volunteer opportunities include tutoring Israeli elementary school children in English language skills, helping the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes and assisting community agencies that help the poor and those in need.
Website: http://www.caarivolunteers.com

4) National Council for Volunteering in Israel: iVolunteer Portal
iVolunteer is Israel's leading web portal on volunteering. Since it was launched in 2005, the portal has matched thousands of people of all ages from around the world with volunteer opportunities in Israel that best meet their skills and goals.
Website: http://www.ivolunteer.org.il/eng

5) Sar-El – The National Project for Volunteers for Israel
Sar-El encourages volunteers from around the world to come to Israel for a number of weeks where they will experience one or more of the following:
• Working in nursing homes.
• Working in I.D.F. warehouses.
• Guided tours of interesting locations in Israel.
• Lectures on Jewish and Israeli topics. • Shabbat hospitality.
Website: http://www.sar-el.org/

6) Volunteers for Israel
The mission of Volunteers for Israel is to connect Americans to Israel through volunteer service. This goal is achieved by partnering with military and civilian organizations that enable volunteers to work side-by-side with Israelis. Volunteers for Israel promotes solidarity and goodwill among Israelis, American Jews, and other friends of Israel.
Website:
http://www.vfi-usa.org/AboutVFI/Index.php

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Environment

1) GoEco
GoEco has established dozens of ecological and humanitarian programs in cooperation with both Arab and Jewish organizations in Israel. The target audience is the environmentally-aware and adventurous traveler who wants to explore a region firsthand and get to know the local people, customs and eco-systems through a vetted volunteer program. Website: http://www.goeco.org/israel

Two of these programs are detailed below:

a) Kibbutz Lotan Eco-Volunteer Program
Kibbutz Lotan is a young community situated in the Arava Desert in southern Israel. Volunteers will be interwoven into the daily life of the kibbutz and exposed to the challenges involved with running sustainable communities by volunteering for the Center for Creative Ecology (CfCE). The CfCE is a unique ecological center that combines hands-on, experiential environmental education within the framework of a living community.
Website: http://www.kibbutzlotan.com/community/volunteers.htm

Long-Term Wildlife Programb) Long-Term Wildlife Program
The Long-Term Wildlife Program is a unique,long term conservation program in the spectacular desert landscape of the Arava, Israel. Program participants help repopulate the nature reserve with the species of animals mentioned in the Bible.
Website: http://www.goeco.org/project/17/ - profile

2) Livnot U'Lehibanot – To Build and To Be Built
Livnot is the premiere experience geared towards Jews 21-30+ with little or no background in Judaism. The program facilitates an exploration of Israel and Jewish heritage through the medium of fascinating seminars, challenging hikes and rewarding community service projects.
Website: http://www.livnot.com

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Hunger

1) Care for Israel – Afikim
The children at Afikim just need to be shown that you care and the possibilities are endless…
  • Help serve lunch or dinner for the children.
  • Spend some time bonding with the children talking, playing games or sports, and interact with them.
  • Join in on an arts and crafts project.
  • Present gifts to the children or tell a story.
  • Host a celebratory meal for a special occasion.
  • Painting and gardening is available in some branches.
Website: http://www.careforisrael.org/page_e.php?id=22
Contact: volunteer@careforisrael.org


2) Colel Chabad Volunteering Programs

Volunteers pack Meals on Wheels, serve meals at soup kitchens, pack and deliver food packages, prepare lunch bags for children, help MS patients with various activities, and prepare wedding halls for orphaned brides.
Website: https://www.colelchabad.org/Volunteering_In_Israel.bp

3) Meir Panim- Relief Centers in Israel
Volunteers at Meir Panim Free Restaurant or Power of Giving Center help prepare and serve delicious food to grateful and appreciative diners.
Website: http://www.meirpanim.org/page_e.php?name=Volunteering
Email: volunteer@meirpanim.org
Phone: 1.877.736.6283


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Medical

1) Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI)
Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI) offers licensed dentists volunteer opportunities in Jerusalem to treat underprivileged children (ages 5 – 18) at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic, which is Israel’s only cost-free dental clinic for children.
Website
: http://www.dental-dvi.co.il

2) Ezer Mizion – The Israel Health Support Organization
Ezer Mizion welcomes people of all ages to actively benefit the sick, elderly and disabled.

In their Food Distribution Program, volunteers can assist with preparation and delivery of meals to family members of hospitalized patients. Their Medical Equipment Loan Center is eager for volunteers to repair and maintain medical and physiotherapeutic equipment.

Volunteers at Ezer Mizion are also invited to design or participate in stimulating recreational activities for children with cancer, children with special needs, and golden agers.
Website: http://www.ezermizion.org/494/
Contact: Ezer Mizion Inc., 1281 49th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219
Tel: 718.853.8400
Fax: 718.437.4683
E-mail: office@ezermizionusa.org

3) Magen David Adom (MDA)
Volunteers are part of MDA ambulance teams and help provide medical treatment to patients at MDA stations and wherever needed. The great importance of the volunteers is particularly significant in multi-casualty incidents. During such events, the volunteers reach the site of the incident within minutes and assist the teams in treating and evacuating casualties.
Website: http://www.mdais.com/235


4) Yad Sarah
Yad Sarah, the largest voluntary organization in Israel, provides a spectrum of free or nominal-cost services designed to make life easier for sick, disabled and elderly people and their families.
Volunteers can help run creative, recreational and rehabilitative activities for homebound people.
Website: http://www.yadsarah.org/index.asp?id=61


This is not a complete list of volunteer opportunities in Israel, and we encourage people to contact Karen Steiger at 216.593.2877 with any additional opportunities that are not listed here.