This past summer, 11 volunteers aged 19 to 91 spent several weeks immersed in Jewish learning at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and volunteering with Israeli non-profits. The Volunteer and Study summer program, in its second year, is a partnership of the Conservative Yeshiva and Skilled Volunteers for Israel and is supported by a grant from Repair the World.
In addition to Hebrew, the participants studied the relationship between Jewish values and service. A Torah in Action Shabbaton, for instance, combined text study with guest speakers who reflected on the Israeli social landscape and issues facing the country’s diverse communities.
This summer, student volunteer work included teaching English to children and sewing with elders, and working with a disabilities rights group, a community empowerment organization, and refugees in Jerusalem.