Jewish Volunteering: Social Justice in Nepal, AIDS Education in Africa, International Health in Be’er Sheva

It has always been my view that strategic volunteering is one of the best ways to work toward tikkun olam. I am very excited about a new project in Kathmandu, Nepal for Israelis and Jews from around the world to do Jewish study and social action work.

Founded in 2007 by Micha Odenheimer, Tevel B’Tzedek (The Universe, In Justice) teaches sustainable methods of living in hopes that they will contribute to the needs of Nepal and return to promote their values in Israel.

Ringing Bell: AIDS Education in Africa

Ringing Bells is an AIDS education program aimed at Israeli backpackers, ages 18- 32. An initiative of the Jerusalem AIDS Project, participants are armed with training materials, travel stipends provided by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, and professional contacts as they spread across the world.

Scientists estimate that 14,000 new HIV infections arise daily, often in developing countries where Israelis commonly travel. Ringing Bells seeks to provide Israelis with a way to give back as they travel throughout the world on their personal adventures.

Ben Gurion University: International Health & Medicine Program

Ben Gurion University is educating a small cadre of American doctors in infectious diseases and international medicine. Originally titled the “Medical Pioneers Program,” this innovative initiative trains students not only in medicine, but cross-cultural sensitivity, sending them to developing countries as part of their internship program.

Tevel b’Tzedek

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4 Responses to Jewish Volunteering: Social Justice in Nepal, AIDS Education in Africa, International Health in Be’er Sheva

  1. We are running a Geriatric Center Nepal, a not-for profit NGO, devoted for the welfare of 60+ population in Nepal. Our main activities include advocacy for raising awareness of aging population, conducting research on different aspects of aging people such as Elder Abuse,health and socio-economic aspects of aging population in Nepal. We have volunteers working from UK and Switzerland with us who are serving different old age homes for short period of one to few months. Having visited your website, we are interested to invite some volunteers from Israel to work with us for the welfare of aging population. The Jewish volunteers we look for could be academician, health workers, and trainers but all with attitude and desire to work in the area of aging population.
    We look forward to hearing from You.
    Regards
    Krishna M. Gautam, Founder Chairperson, GCN, Nepal

  2. I think it’s a great thing to see Jews so involved in helping others. I hope it will raise awareness about Israel and Jews… we need to help the world get a good opinion about us!
    For Jews planning to visit Nepal, it’s a good idea to check out http://www.travelingrabbi.com for travel information, tips, and answers to questions!

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