Thursday, April 14, 2005

Something Fun for a Change

A special message from Davidi, the leader of Sar-El (known in the US as Volunteers for Israel -- where you can serve on an Israeli Defense Force base for 3 weeks, which helps them so much).

Over 334 volunteers joined Sar-El during the month of March. And the month ended with a special simcha: Manny Bloom (age 79) and Elizabeth Levi-Seniglaglia (age 62) were married on March 30 at Kurdani Base where they volunteered last year. The Sar-El volunteers and soldiers at the base worked hard all week to beautify the base. The wedding was a lovely affair, wonderfully decorated and catered, and attended by the whole base, several high level military personnel, Davidi, as well as Sar-El staff. The occasion also received media coverage. We wish them "mazel tov" and much health and happiness. Click here for pictures.

Spring has arrived. The clocks were turned ahead so we have an extra hour of sunlight each evening. The beaches, streets and cafes are full, and there is always a soccer or basketball game to watch. In less than two weeks, we will begin Passover. Our best to you and yours during this special holiday remembrance of our exodus from Egypt.

We at Sar-El are planning for a very busy summer, but there's always room for more volunteers!

So if you're looking to make a difference or perhaps just looking for love, volunteering in Israel could be your answer. I know I loved it!


At 9:46 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

"...or perhaps just looking for love, volunteering in Israel could be your answer."

I found that comment to be funny. You participated in this program?

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Well, the looking for love was in conjunction with the news of the couple who wed there. Actually, when my boyfriend and I did it, a couple did get together (and lasted on an off for two years), so that was very cool. It is a terrific program and I highly recommend it.

What happens is that they put you up (though if you go with a girlfriend/wife, you'll be put in separate housing) and they feed you, Sunday-Thursday evening. You then have their weekend (Thursday night until Sunday morning) to travel around. Being involved in Sar-el gets you discounts at hotels, tours, etc. It's a relatively cheap way to see Israel and do some good. I think the base I worked on alone was saved 4 million that year (2003) by volunteers. The work isn't hard by any stretch. But it can get hot and you may have to walk to the food so you need to be in reasonable health. You meet people from all over the world and can make lasting friendships. Sort of like sleep-away-camp for adults. ;)

At 7:28 AM, Blogger Regular Ron said... are ya my commen sense Jewish sweetheart...Listen if you go over to and go to there blog...they have a artical up about that Racheal Corrie ? girl who was defending the wrong side of the road when a Catapillor bulldozer ran over her....It's about London putting on a play about her. Friggin Disgusting

Regular Ron

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

It does sound like an interesting program. Most people I know worked on Kibbutz when they went. I still haven't made to Israel either way.

At 1:56 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

I think it should be mandatory for all anti-Israel creeps to be sent there for reprogramming.


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