Tag Archive for volunteers

Dutch firefighting couple are first responders on Gaza border

With the estimated 100 fires that the Palestinian incendiary devices created along the Gaza border last week alone, Raymond and Mirjam Reijnen returned to be professional firefighters on their Gaza border kibbutz, as they were in the Netherlands before immigrating to Israel.



Raymond and Mirjam Reijnen fight fires lit by Gaza balloons so often, that a rolled up volunteer firefighters’ uniform, a mask, and a pair of boots are permanently stashed outside their front door in Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

“Firefighters here have their suits outside,” Raymond said.

“There is no time to search for your things,” said Mirjam, adding that in their case they have only one, because “we wear the same size.” Continue Reading »

Israel’s Defense Minister ends IDF soldiers volunteering with migrant families

After public outcry, Defense Minister Liberman gave orders: ‘If soldiers have free time, they should help Holocaust survivors or the needy. Charity begins at home.’

By i24news


Israeli Defense Minster Avigdor Liberman has given orders to put a stop to a volunteering program involving IDF soldiers playing with children of migrants in south Tel Aviv after the incident caused public outcry, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.

Israel’s then FM, now Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman – Photo: AFP/MENAHEM KAHANA

According to the report, Liberman personally phoned IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot last week and ordered him to put an immediate end to the program. Continue Reading »

Israel Police in Tel Aviv reach out to new immigrants to volunteer

Israel Police seeks to build on the fact that many of the new immigrants were too old to serve in the IDF, yet, are looking to give back to the community.



“Zionism doesn’t end at Ben-Gurion Airport, that’s where it begins”, says Jay M. Shultz of the Internationals Tel Aviv salon, addressing a group of mostly English-speaking immigrants on the 12th floor of the Tel Aviv municipality Monday night.


Israeli Police. – Photo courtesy: Israel Police

It’s a rather muted pep talk, but there’s a decent turnout to hear it – 30 or so mostly Anglo immigrants who have heeded the call to sign up as volunteer officers with the Tel Aviv police’s Yarkon subdistrict civil guard, which covers the city’s northern end. Continue Reading »

Israeli Arabs Doing National Service are Still Breaking Records


Record breaking number of Arabs & other non-Jews are joining the IDF or doing other forms of national service, as they seek integration into Israeli society.

By Yossi Aloni


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week met with a number of these non-Jewish volunteers. He heard about how they are playing active roles in the police, fire stations, emergency medical services, schools, kindergartens and more. Netanyahu spoke with the volunteers about the challenges they face, and was told of the volunteers’ desire to fully integrate into Israeli society.

The director of the National Service Authority, Sar-Shalom Jerbi, informed the prime minister that the majority of the volunteers perform their service within Arab communities.

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American Christians Came to Samaria to Assist in Sukkot Harvest

Video: Sukkot event at Har Bracha in the Shomron show American group of volunteers from HaYovel, an int’l humanitarian organization which supports Jewish farming in Judea & Samaria

By Kochava Rozenbaum


In cooperation with the Har Bracha community in the Shomron (Samaria) and Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, the head of the Har Bracha yeshiva, dozens of Christian volunteers from the United States joined families in the year’s annual harvest of crops.

Tommy Waller led his group of volunteers from HaYovel, an international humanitarian organization which supports farming in Yesha (Judea and Samaria).

Despite previous accusations that HaYovel were a missionary group, Rabbi Melamed described the event as “a blessed phenomena of non-Jews seeing the truth and pledging themselves to help the Jewish Nation in the heartland of the Jewish Land.” Continue Reading »