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.