Who would have thought, when I googled “volunteer opportunities in Israel “ that I would find SKILLED VOLUNTERS FOR ISRAEL. Participating in this program is one of the most wonderful experiences in my life!
I have volunteered in Israel three times previously with other frameworks however this experience is the best!
Living in Jerusalem has created so many special experiences. Here are just a few that make this time so special for me:
People saying Shabbat Shalom to me on the street
A student telling me she wishes I was her grandma
Shabbat dinner at the home of my school’s English coordinator
Afield trip with other Skilled Volunteers for Israel to Jerusalem City Hall
A lesson on chewing gum and blowing bubbles (Juicy Fruit of course) with two 7th grade boys
Shabbat services at Kehilat Kol Haneshama, a local Jerusalem Reform congregation not far from where I’m staying (I even got an ‘aliyah’!)
Making new friends with other volunteers
Going to orchestra rehearsals with my friend Yael
I plan to be a volunteer again next year because this experience has been so positive.