Good things are growing in Gedera

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“The first time I tried to grow them for the greenhouse, the seedlings all died – I forgot to water them,” says Annie Shore, without sounding a bit guilty. Her second time around, she was more successful.
 

African Refugee Seder with Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

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Recently many of the current volunteers and alumni of Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa shared their Jewich culture by participating in an early Passover seder with about 500 African migrants in South Tel Aviv.
 
 

Bnei Akiva - Amlat

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Program Description

Amlat is combines leadership, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, work on a Kibbutz, an Army/MDA experience and more. The program is meant for young Jewish boys and girls from South America who are looking for a Jewish traditional program. 
 
The program includes trips all over the country, meeting with Israelis and other young people from all over the world, volunteering, celebrating Shabbat and Holidays together, leadership seminar and more. Participants will be staying in a variety of locations including youth hostels, a kibbutz and a yeshiva and receive full board.
 

Bnei Akiva - Amichai Amlat

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Program Description

Bnei Akiva Amichai Amlat is an experiential program which combines a leadership, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, work in a Kibbutz, and Army/MDA experience. The program is meant for young Jewish boys and girls who are looking for a Jewish traditional program.
 

Tzofim - Shnat Sherut Tzabar

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Program Description

Want to spend a year working with teens and children in development towns, boarding schools, or community centers in Israel before enrolling in college? On Tzofim Shnat Sherut, you will lead an authentic Israeli life, speak Hebrew, serve the community, and live with Israelis your age.
 
As a participant, you will live as a group in communes with the rest of the Tzofim Shnat Sherut participants from Israel. Participants must be fluent in Hebrew, have prior experience working with children and youth, and have visited or lived in Israel for an extended period of time. Participants from North America interested in joining the program will need to attend pre-preparation seminars in the United States.
 

Bnei Akiva - MTA

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Program Description

On MTA, you’ll have a year of learning Torah in some of the best institutions that Israel has to offer. During the times when you are not at Yeshiva or Midrasha, we’ll provide a full schedule of activities letting you really live and feel the pulse of the Land of Israel. Various volunteer options, together with seminars about current Jewish and Israeli issues, will complement the educational goals of MTA.
 

For more information, contact:

Michael Rainsbury
 
 
 +972-526000169
 

Bnei Akiva - Lehava

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Program Description

Lehava is an uplifting, inspiring, and empowering year in Israel with Bnei Akiva. You'll learn new skills, hone old ones, develop your Jewish identity and adapt to new environments - all while enjoying the group experience.
 
The programme includes time at our leadership institute, a Jewish studies segment, and volunteering on Kibbutz, as well as Magen David Adom and Marva army experience. Lehava is all about learning and giving. It's a year for yourself, but also a chance to contribute to society around you.
 

Israel Pathways - Israel Corps

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Program Description

Spend five months living and volunteering alongside Israeli peers while making a meaningful impact on Israeli society. You’ll have the option to live in one of two culturally diverse locations, learn Hebrew and Arabic, and gain experience in ecotourism, social justice, entrepreneurship, and co-existence. 

 

Become part of the community in which you live and serve. This is your chance to gain a real world connection to Israeli society and its people. Along the way, we will crisscross the country on a series of travel experiences take you to parts of Israel that you’ve never seen before!
 
 
Israel Corps is specially subsidized in partnership with the Jewish Agency’s “Project TEN: Global Tikkun Olam” initiative, a service learning initiative supporting communities throughout the world and in Israel. As a part of Project TEN, eligible Israel Corps participants only pay $1,300, and the program covers meals, accommodations, activities, travel seminars and more.
 

For more information, contact:

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Highlights

Green Tourism in Arad

Israel as a whole is a developed country with a thriving economy. Like many countries, it has regions that are economically and culturally vulnerable, like the Negev. However, the Negev has tremendous potential for growth in the areas of ecological tourism. This beautiful region, boasts the Dead Sea and Arava Valley to the east, the Mediterranean to the West, Eilat to the South, and the scenic Ramon Crater in the center.

 

Still, the Negev is the most sparsely populated region of Israel. Its distance from the country’s cultural and economic centers of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, along with the geographic isolation of many of its small towns and villages, make economic development a true challenge.

 

Volunteer activities in Arad focus on three main areas: Co-existence between the Jewish and Bedouin communities, ecological tourism, and strengthening communities of the elderly, children at risk, and new immigrants.

 

Israel Corp, a project of Israel Pathways and Project TEN, is a service-learning program. Participants develop their own passions, interests, and professional skills while they contribute to the development of the city of Arad. Participants work for up to nine hours each day on projects with local organizations. Interactive and educational seminars take place three to four times each week. Seminars cover a variety of topics, including Jewish values, social justice, and entrepreneurship. The seminars serve as a platform for developing a strong sense of community among program participants.


Sustainability, Education, and Co-Existence on Kibbutz Harduf
Over the past several years, Kibbutz Harduf has initiated numerous groundbreaking projects in education, services for those with special needs, mental health, welfare, and organic agriculture. As a result, the kibbutz became the country’s largest producer of organic agricultural products. The kibbutz also played a key role in the establishment of Israel’s first Waldorf School.


Israel Corps members live like locals on a unique kibbutz with approximately 650 residents, including 170 children and adults with special needs.  While living on Kibbutz Harduf, participants take part in creating a pluralistic Jewish community, as they learn about tikkun olam and sustainable agriculture from local experts. They also dedicate much of their time to co-existence work through social action programs between Jews, Bedouins, and Arabs, as well as other volunteer projects with local community partners. The program is a personal journey and an opportunity for young adults to explore their connection to humanity, the Jewish people, and planet Earth.


Travel

In addition to making a contribution to your host community, exploring Israel is a core component of Israel Corps – Project TEN. The program includes a series of educational tours in participants’ home region and beyond. These enrichment experiences are scheduled throughout the program and are designed to expose Israel Corps participants to contemporary Israeli society, the intricacies of Jewish history, and the stunning beauty of Israel’s ecology on a deeper level than a typical tour. Israel Pathways’ own professional guides lead these excursions and all of the travel expenses are included. In addition to day trips, the program covers weekend-long trips to many other parts of the country. During these longer trips, participants stay at hotels and guesthouses while taking part in seminars and programs with others Israel Pathways groups.

A Shabbat away with community members

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Annie Shore, originally from Toronto, Canada, is on her second semester of the Yahel Social Change Program in Gedera. Below are some of her impressions from a Shabbat spent with the Gar’in from Gedera.
 
A couple of weeks ago, we went on a Shabbat trip to Kibbutz Machanayim in the North together with the Gar’in (intentional community) from Gedera.
 

Nightlife in Tel Aviv

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Here’s what Alex Schonkoff, a Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa 5 month Social Action participant from San Francisco, had to say about her experience with Tel Aviv’s amazing nightlife:
 
I arrived in Tel Aviv two months ago from San Francisco, a city that thrives on a very colorful nightlife. But as the bar closes in S.F.