A Letter of Welcome

There is magic in doing volunteer work in Israel using your expertise.  We express that magic as “TRANSMIT, TRANSFORM, CONNECT”

Skilled Volunteers for Israel is about transmitting and contributing your valuable experience to an Israeli organization.  What happens when you volunteer?  Transformations and Connections.

Have you ever volunteered in Israel? When you were younger? On Kibbutz, perhaps?

For many of us those experiences were transformative – they often framed our relationship with Israel.  Our volunteer experience connected us to Israel, to its people, to the vision of a democratic Jewish state, to a homeland.

But like us, Israel has changed over the years.

We’ve raised families, pursued professions as teachers, lawyers, business leaders, artists, researchers, accountants.  We’ve volunteered in our synagogues, schools and communities.  We’ve developed valuable skills, expertise and knowledge.  We’ve certainly changed from back in the days of our youth.

Israel has changed as well.  Although the existential risks are still a daily reality, Israel has developed into a modern, high tech country.  It has absorbed immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia and many other places.  Its economy has become more market driven.  Like the USA, the non-profit sector has taken on much responsibility for social services and the “social safety net.”  As in the USA, the non-profit sector uses volunteer power to augment the resources of professional staff.

So join us to volunteer and Transmit Your Expertise.

Our volunteers have developed and delivered curriculum, shared online resources, written protocols, and trained students.  Their work, described in our volunteer blogs, is an inspiration and a testimonial to the power of skilled volunteering.

As a skilled volunteer, you not only contribute your expertise, but you demonstrate with your presence, your commitment, your values – your support for Israel and the Israelis working on issues you care about.

Skilled Volunteering provides the opportunity to gain a much deeper understanding of what’s happening inside Israel– at the grassroots level .

Our volunteers have shared that the experience was life changing.  Likewise our non-profit partners are putting the resource that comes with volunteer energy, expertise and commitment to use in fulfilling their missions and delivering their programs.

Getting to know Israel from the inside provides an opportunity for you as a volunteer to connect, communicate and educate others about Israel.  Volunteering side by side with Israeli colleagues creates professional, personal and geographic linkages. Volunteering is a means of connecting the issues you may be involved with in your home community with the work being done in Israel.  It provides the opportunity for cross-fertilization and innovation.

Join us to volunteer in Israel. Transmit your expertise.  Transform yourself and others.  Connect to Israel and Connect Israel to your life, your family and home community.

Export Your Expertise.  Volunteer in Israel.  For Israel.

L’hitraot B’Aretz!
Marla

Marla Gamoran, Skilled Volunteers for Israel Founder and Director

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