50 volunteers, 50 days, and so much good!
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What Do 50 Days of Summer Look Like? 

This summer, 50 volunteers came to Israel on Yahel programs. The participants volunteered with small, grassroots organizations and explored the country through the lens of social change, sharing their "Yahel Moment" with a photo on Facebook.  

Here are some highlights from Yahel's 50 Days of Summer:
I came into this experience wanting to change a single person's life, and I wasn't expecting to actually make a huge difference. When I opened the letter, my heart melted. She said that I had made her realize a lot about herself and that she should never give up on herself. For the first time in my life I truly felt like I had accomplished something.
Rachel Edelman
Women's Shelter in Be'er Sheva

Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative

 
The kids from the community came to plant and plow, the neighbors brought snacks, and we all felt intensely connected to the work we’ve accomplished and the people who will continue to help Netivot when we leave.
Effie Fritz
Community Gardening with Moadon 51

Hillel of Greater Philadelphia in Netivot

I volunteered at a local elementary school, tutored children and youth through the Homework at Home program and the Big Brother program at the local community center, and served as a youth counselor. I was lucky enough to make a connection with many young girls in the neighborhood.
Erica Mitchell
Volunteered at Matnas, Elementary School
Yahel Social Change Program in Gedera

Listening to Ilana, an immigrant from Ethiopia who hosted us at her home, tell us the story of her immigration from to Israel through Sudan and the hardships and struggles they suffered through on the way and how she was able to tell us her story despite the fact that it was hard for her — it inspired me to be a stronger person.
Moriah Bradsky
Volunteering with Ethiopian-Israeli Community
Camp Tawonga
My Yahel moment happened during Shabbat, at a home-stay in a kibbutz in the north when Ben and I were sitting around the dinner table stuffing ourselves with amazing homemade tahina and schnitzel alongside our host family. Laughing and conversing with this huge and loving family made me feel like I was a part of it. Here I was, some random Californian Jew, wearing a yarmulke that keeps escaping from my head, desperately trying to find a connection to the land of Israel. This family took me in and gave me that connection. Not a connection to the physical land or the history or even the food but to the heart of Israel, it's people.
Nate Hobesh
Volunteering with Friends by Nature
Camp Tawonga
Thank you to the volunteers who worked with us, on behalf of all of the residents with whom these dedicated girls worked. The girls arrived on time and offered support at a time when families were on vacation. [The volunteers] brought a new and refreshing vitality. So from all of us — thank you!
Liron
Social Worker at Women's Shelter
Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative

I was thrilled to see how a real, authentic Israeli family lives. They were so welcoming and kind and instantly made me feel at home in Israel.

Rachel Goldstein
Service Work with Israelis from
Potchim Atid

Hillel of Greater Philadelphia in Netivot
 

This summer was filled with special moments â€” for our participants, our partner communities, and the many individuals who are touched by Yahel's work. We are so proud to see how, one moment at a time, Yahel is touching the lives of so many.

As we look to the New Year, we are excited for the September 15 arrival of the 12 new members of our
Yahel Social Change Program in Gedera. They will spend nine months volunteering and learning about social change in Israel. We also 
are busy planning for the nearly 100 participants who will come to Israel on our two to six week Yahel Insight Programs.

As the new year approaches, we ask for your help. Please take a moment to
support us and help us continue our work. Demand for our programs is growing from participants and communities in Israel. We need your support to allow us to continue the work of promoting social change and a more just and democratic society in Israel, and everywhere.

Thank you, and shana tovah u'metuka!


Thanks to our 50 amazing volunteers, the Jewish New Year looks bright for so many! How will you ring in 5774? 

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