Unfortunately, for the typical refugee or asylum seeker in Israel, a 10-12 hour work shift is not out of the ordinary, and many of them work even longer. Schoolwork and academics come second, and so does family time. Unitaf hopes to address the problem with the Family Experience Program!Read More
My generation is full of highly educated and intensely opinionated social advocates, and that's as much of a good thing as it is problematic. When it comes to Israel-Palestine, we have to step back and take in the full picture. We can't superimpose solutions on a region we don't adequately understand, hoping to address problems we don't have, in a place we don't live. But, that doesn't mean we can't listen, and learn, and discuss.Read More
To my friends, to my family, and to anyone interested in issues of human well-being -- the refugees in south Tel Aviv need us.
Right now, south Tel Aviv is at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis. Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers are struggling daily to survive, and it's a highly controversial political problem, but few people outside of Israel know what's going on.
Whatever your stance, I think it's important for everyone to learn more about the refugees, to see the work of some incredible non-profit organizations, and to help if you can... links provided in the article.Read More
Ramat Eliyahu, a humble community, and my home for the past nine months, has changed me forever — I know I’m not the only one. With this post, I reflect on my journey as a social change fellow in Israel.Read More
The peace process between Israel and Gaza is on pause, but hope for a peaceful future won't be so easily snuffed. It's kindled by people on both sides. In March, Yahel and it's fellows had the unique opportunity to learn about Gaza with Nagham Mohanna, Sarah Pollack, and Rami Aman -- three people who've been affected by the conflict more than most. Here's what they said.
I think we could all use some alone time with nothing but our minds, and I’m happy to say that mindfulness — the act of bringing our focus to the present moment — might be the way.Read More
A quick reflection on the power of music, and a moment at the Ramat Eliyahu youth music center, Volume Rishon.Read More
As a volunteer, it isn’t always easy to see the results of my work. That’s also true as an English instructor. Languages take time to learn, and community projects, take even more, but once in a blue moon, the change happens right before my eyes, and I get to sit back and watch the magic.Read More
On the afternoon of September 7th, 2014, a mentally disabled Ethiopian-Israeli scaled the fences to Gaza and disappeared. That man’s name is Avera Mengistu, and although his story doesn’t seem like anything exceptional, Avera’s choice has started a nationwide movement for racial equality in Israel.Read More