Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 02, 2010
By Lauren Zink, OTZMA, Pittsfield, MA
 
Today was the first day of my second volunteer job. This one will definitely consume more of my time but I also learned today the true meaning of “time is of the essence.” My second volunteer opportunity entails me traveling around Ashkelon and interviewing different organizations that are funded through the Ashkelon Foundation.
 
Today I sat in the passenger seat and went around town with one of the Program Directors of the Conservative Synagogue in Ashkelon. I am working for the Ashkelon Foundation through this Synagogue. It was nice being in the car for a while. Aside from taxis, (which I don’t really think give you that same feeling of being in a car) I haven’t been in one in over a month-and-a-half. This may not seem like that long but because a car is something I usually ride in...
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November 01, 2010
 
By Rebecca Stern, Australia, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa
 
My name is Rebecca Stern and I recently participated in Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, a volunteer program which helps underprivileged populations in South Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Under the auspices of this program, I volunteered in four community organisations, the African Refugee Development Centre, Mesila Aid and Information Centre, Shapira Community Centre and Holland Centre. I had very meaningful placements in each of these four organisations.
 
I’ll expand on one of the organisations I volunteered at: The African Refugee Development Centre. The ARDC provides humanitarian aid, psychosocial assistance and education for refugees and asylum-seekers and community development programs.
 
I was a teacher and...
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