Israeli Volunteers Wanted: Helping the Elderly, Hospitals, Museum Guides


Volunteers Needed in Jerusalem

Volunteers are needed in Jerusalem. Description and contact information is below the cut.

There are many wonderful organizations serving people in need all over Israel. This list represents one that I received from organizations in Jerusalem expressing a desire for volunteers.

If these organizations don’t meet your availability or interests, I encourage you to keep looking and find ones that do. Volunteering has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my life.

Volunteering Resources in Israel

  • Volunteering in Israel provides comprehensive resources on Israeli organizations, both for Israeli residents and visitors
  • YNet News’ Activism site features human interest stories and allows you to find volunteer opportunities via a searchable database according to your geographic region and area of interest. More than 280 organizations are listed

If you work for an organization that needs volunteers, you can register for YNet’s database using this form.

Jerusalem-Based Organizations in Need of Volunteers

  • Amcha: Support for Holocaust Survivors
  • Ezer Mizion: The Israel Health Support Organization
  • Melabev: For Seniors with Cognitive Impairment
  • Yad Sarah: helping the sick, disabled, and elderly, and their families
  • General: volunteering with the elderly, in hospitals, and at museums

Continue reading to learn more about the organizations and find out about their volunteer needs.

Your Volunteering Experience

Have you had a moving or inspirational volunteering experience? Do you have a favorite resource or organization? Why is it special to you?

The Organizations

Amcha: Support for Holocaust Survivors

“Amcha- the code word that helped survivors identify fellow Jews in war ravaged Europe now stands for another kind of support system: the opportunity for survivors and their families to unburden their hearts and share their life stories with another person.”

Learn more about Amcha.

To volunteer contact: 624-7367.

Ezer Mizion: the Israel Health Support Organization

“Ezer Mizion, the Israel Health Support Organization, offers an extensive range of medical and social support services to help Israel’s sick, disabled, elderly and underprivileged populations. Since its founding in 1979, Ezer Mizion has grown to become one of the largest non-profit organizations in Israel, benefiting over half a million people every year.”

Learn more about Ezer Mizion.

To volunteer contact: 500-2111.

Melabev: For Senior Citizens with Cognitive Impairment

  • Volunteer drivers
  • Office workers
  • Group work assistants

“Melabev, award winning nonprofit agency in Israel, runs a full spectrum of services for the elderly of Jerusalem suffering from Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, and for their family caregivers. We provide quality of life for the elderly, and ease the burden on their families, but we couldn’t do it without community support.”

Learn more about Melabev.

To volunteer contact Naomi Edelman: 655-5826.

Yad Sarah: Helping the Sick, Disabled, and Elderly, and Their Families

“Yad Sarah, the largest voluntary organization in Israel, provides a spectrum of free or nominal cost services designed to make life easier for sick, disabled, and elderly people and their families.”

Learn more about Yad Sarah.

To volunteer contact: 644-4444.

Helping the Elderly

  • Installing security devices in the homes of destitute senior citizens
  • Coordinate health and fitness project
  • Work on fundraising for board

To volunteer contact Maya Rudner: 052-355-8223


Contact the department of volunteerism (hitnadvut) at any hospital, they are all in need of your help.

To volunteer at Shaare Tzedek Hospital, contact Ita Zilberberg: 666-6175 or 665-5225.


Docent guides are needed at all museums, including:

  • Bible Lands Museum
  • Islamic Museum
  • Israel Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Yad Vashem

To volunteer contact Avraham or Mayan at the Department of Volunteerism: 624-3358.


Title photo sourced from Melabev’s homepage with thanks.


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11 Responses to Israeli Volunteers Wanted: Helping the Elderly, Hospitals, Museum Guides

  1. Brenda Herlitz says:

    Am interested in volunteering. Would like information or list of places in need of volunteering

  2. thenewjew says:

    Hi Brenda,

    If you go to the Volunteering Resources in Israel section at the top of this post, you will find some good links to help you get started.

    YNet News’ Activism site and the website called Volunteering in Israel will give you a breakdown of what is available based on your geography and interests.

    Let me know if you find anything especially interesting, I am always looking for a good story.

    Shabbat Shalom,


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  4. Daisy Daman Lavilles says:


    I come from the Philippines and I would like to volunteer to teach English or as museum docent for 1 month. How do I start? Are there organizations that give housing and food allowance?

    Toda raba!


  5. tina says:

    hello!! we are a group of youth kids between 15-25 years old…we want to do a volunteer project but only for 1 day. if anyone is interested please contact me soon by email: or
    hopping we can join you soon
    atte. tina

    ps: do not contact me after the 13th of this month
    project wanted for the 16th of april.

    • Maya Norton says:

      Hi Tina,

      Thanks for writing. I’d be happy to try to help you in the future, but that’s a very small window you’ve provided. Also, please be sure to state your location in the world, what kinds of projects you’re interested in, how many people are involved, etc.

      Good luck and keep up the good work.

      ~ Maya

  6. rachel brill says:

    I am a certified therapeutic music practitioner harpist graduate of the http://www.mhtp,org program. I am a Olah Hadasha. I am interested in finding places to play music in and around Jerusalem for hospitals, hospices, schools or homes for the aged or youth at risk. Please contact me via Thank you.

    • Maya Norton says:

      Hi Rachel,

      Welcome to Israel and good luck. While appreciating your goal of meaningfully volunteering, the most helpful I can be is to refer you to the links in my post above. Many of the websites listed have comprehensive databases of places that are in need of volunteers. I’m sure they would be glad to hear from you.

      Shana tovah and all the best,

      ~ Maya

    • Maya Norton says:

      Hi Rachel,

      With all due respect, I’ve edited your phone number out of the comment. I don’t think it’s a good idea to leave it publicly in concert with your e-mail. Too much personally identifying information in one place.

      If this is a problem, please comment and leave it again– and my apologies. I’m sure you’ve learned by now that we Israelis can be strong headed and pushy (because we care). 🙂

      ~ Maya

  7. S MacLeod says:

    If you organize events that uses volunteers, check out the site It lets you create events and list the specific things that you need volunteers to do (or bring). After adding you list of potential volunteers an email can be sent directly from the site that includes a link directly to your event. The volunteers just follow the link and click on what they will volunteer for. It saves on a lot of time.

  8. I am looking to volunteer in Israel. I am a “senior”
    and I would love to be of help.

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