Project TEN is thrilled to partner with Israel Pathways to bring you a truly cross-cultural volunteer opportunity in the Galilee with participants from the United States, the UK, and Israel.
As a participant in a Jewish service-learning program, you can't get any closer to the center of Jewish history – and the Jewish future – than Israel. Project TEN has partnered with the Israel Pathways Masa program to bring you our first Israel-based Center in Kiryat Shmona, Israel's northernmost city.
In many ways Kiryat Shmona is picturesque and offers a decent quality of life compared to most of the world, but the city has suffered greatly over the years due to its proximity to the Lebanese border. Its location near Lebanon and far away from Israel's cultural and economic centers results in its having unique socio-economic needs that Project TEN will address.
About the Volunteer Service
The TEN-Israel Corps Center in Kiryat Shmona currently operates three 4-month tracks a year, and as of 2014 will operate each year two 5-month tracks and one 2-month summer track. Your volunteer service will total a minimum of 25 hours per week. Project TEN participants in Kiryat Shmona will have the option to choose from several meaningful volunteer activities:
Spend three days per week at your primary placement. Choose from:
At Dancinger High School, you can work with the local students in small group and one-on-one sessions to tutor them in English and help prepare them for their high school exit exams.
Tel Hai Elementary English provides support to students developing English language skills, and empowers children from low socioeconomic homes to bridge the gap between low achieving and high achieving students. Volunteer mentor and assist individual students to improve English skills and to complete their homework.
Youth Futures This Organization is a part of The Jewish Agency and works with 140 children at risk in Kiryat Shmona, on the personal, family, social and educational level. You will help the children with English homework.
Fixit is a second hand computer store and repair shop that operates as a non-profit organization. It provides computer parts at a low-cost to the community. You can work at the repair store and with a group of young and ambitious programmers.
The Tennis Center works to decrease the rate of middle school and high school drop-outs to provide a positive place for students to learn life skills and to develop values. Volunteers build connections with the kids through a social orientation and behavior design program. Tennis is a platform and tool to connect kids with themselves, their community and their environment. Many facilities are available including sports courts, work-out room, youth lounge, field trips, and a garden.
Yachad in the Galilee is a hostel and day care for adults with special needs. You will work with participants via therapeutic horse riding, therapeutic swimming and more.
Challenge NGO is a non-profit organization allowing you to work in outdoor activities including bike riding with children and adults with special needs.
Limited Vision Center allows you to work and interact with teenagers and adults with limited vision.
L'Havot Habashan Dog shelter is a no-kill shelter that is home to more than 250 animals. Help walk, feed and play with the dogs as well as garden and maintain the upkeep of the shelter.
Kismey Teva (Nature Magic) is an organization that raises awareness of the benefits of nature within the community. You will participate in the "Park Rangers" project, and help develop, clean, and preserve the city park and stream. In the park there are tours and lectures as well as ecological and research projects with the cooperation of students from Danciger High School.
Kiryat Shmona City Museum Help the staff of the Museum Renovation Project to document the untold story of the city in words and pictures.
Better Together allows you to work in a local low income neighborhood to establish a community garden and renovate the neighborhood bomb shelters. This project is unique because it involves the neighborhood residents in thinking, doing and decision making. Instead of doing things for the residents, we do things with the residents.
English Coffee Teach English for all ages and meet the Kiryat Shmona community in a local coffee shop.
Develop your own project - for the Kiryat Shmona community or for your community back home. You will receive mentorship to develop your own social entrepreneurial service project that will be implemented within the community.
Educational Travel Throughout Israel
Through our partnership with Israel Pathways, Project TEN volunteers take part in two weekend-long seminars throughout the country, learning about Israeli society, exploring the beauty of the land, and absorbing the richness of modern Israeli culture. These seminars bring together participants taking part in other Israel Pathways programs. In other words, you will have the opportunity to bond with your Project TEN team in Kiryat Shmona and also connect with a broader group of peers living all over Israel. Learn more about our Beit Midrash sessions here, from a first-hand impression of a TEN-Israel Corps participant.
In addition you will receive:
As part of Project TEN, Israel Corps participants pay only $1,100 (about $9 per day), which covers most meals, accommodations, activities, travel seminars, and more.
American and UK participants can register with Israel Pathways and apply for a Masa grant that will make the trip especially affordable.
To learn more about the benefits of volunteering in Israel read the Executive Summary and Full Report of our study - Serving a Complex Israel: A report on Israel-based Immersive Jewish Service-learning
"תן", pronounced "Ten," is the Hebrew word for "Give."
It is also the name of a Jewish Agency initiative that is revolutionizing the Jewish meaning of giving.
The Jewish Agency's Project TEN: Global Tikkun Olam harnesses the energies and passion of Jewish young adults from Israel and around the world, who spend three months working and learning together in onsite service projects in vulnerable communities throughout the world and in Israel.
By highlighting the Jewish values that speak directly to sustainable development, social justice, and leadership, Project TEN serves as a unique immersive service-learning framework for volunteers wishing to engage in sustainable development as they themselves develop – forming an extensive Jewish identity-building experience. Volunteers in each of our development centers are carefully chosen from all over the world, connecting the global Jewish family to one another and to Israel. Read more
Masa Israel Journey works to make it as easy as possible for young adults to go to Israel. We offer grants and scholarships to help make the experience more affordable. All Masa Israel participants are eligible to apply for universal grants and need-based scholarships towards the cost of your program. Your grant/scholarship will be deducted from the total cost of your program. The amount available depends on your country of origin, age, and the length of your program.
Take a look at our Grant and Scholarship Policy to find out more about eligibility criteria and for information about what you’ll need to apply.
Masa Israel Journey is funded jointly by The Jewish Agency for Israel and by the Government of Israel.
The municipality of Kiryat Shmona has given Project TEN/Israel Corps free use of its local community center, the Vancouver House, for our activities.
The city is also providing, at reduced rent to Project TEN, a building with 6 apartments in which our participants can stay, with two to four participants in each apartment.
Shopping centers, pharmacies, and other conveniences are within easy travel distance, as Kiryat Shmona is a small town. Kiryat Shmona also has several restaurants, including kosher ones, and kosher food is widely available at local supermarkets and neighborhood grocery stores.
A unique aspect of our Center in Kiryat Shmona is that its location in Israel provides opportunities for an enriched Jewish identity curriculum and joint programs with other idealistic and enthusiastic young Jews from around the world.
In Kiryat Shmona, Project TEN partners with the Yuvalim Pluralist Center for Judaism at the local Tel-Hai College, which has created a new course specifically for TEN participants, adapting the TEN curriculum to the Israeli experience, and providing scholarships to the Israeli participants. The curriculum focuses on Judaism and Justice, with some additional discussion on the relationship between the individual Jew and the collective Jewish People. The TEN program at Kiryat Shmona includes joint seminars with Israelis and Jewish tourists in the Tlalim Masa program; trips around the northern Galilee; renowned speakers who will join us from outside the program; films; and Shabbat and Jewish holiday activities with the local residents of Kiryat Shmona.
Jacklin was born in Bulgaria and immigrated to Israel when she was 7 years old; she grew up in Haifa, where she was placed in classes for gifted students. During her army service she was an Educational Officer for one of Israel's most elite units.
After her army service, Jacklin toured around Thailand and India, and completed a tour guiding course – she's been a guide for Taglit-Birthright trips to Israel. She also spent five years teaching courses for Israel's university admissions examination.
Jacklin holds a BA in Psychology and Education from Tel-Hai College, and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Haifa. Most recently, she served as the Program Director for the Hillel at Tel-Hai College.
Jacklin is deeply devoted to the values of Social Activism and to Jewish Culture. She believes it is the privilege of every Jew to learn about our heritage and decide for him or herself how to make it relevant to his or her life. For 6 years she has volunteered at a Rape Crisis Center. She also helps organize bi-monthly women's meetings, is a member of (and volunteer for) a local co-op, and started a radio show about Social Activism.
Jacklin has two children, Yarden and Naveh.
Michal was born and raised in Rosh Pina, in northern Israel, and spent a year after high school performing volunteer service with her youth movement. In the Israel Defense Forces she served as an Educational Officer. She then continued her educational work with the Dror Israel movement – educators who work in all social sectors to actualize the values of equality and social responsibility. In Haifa and Akko she guided children and youth at-risk, ran a workers’ rights center, ran activities in educational centers, and created programs for volunteers from England and North America.
Michal studied education at Beit Berel College and a documentary course at the Open University in Tel Aviv. She has worked as a tour guide and currently volunteers as a medical assistant in Red Magen David. She lives in Kiryat Shmona, where she studies film and production studies at Tel-Hai College, as part of her vision to make an impact in social justice.
Rabbi Klein recently completed collaboration on a social justice and human rights curriculum for Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR). She serves on the board of RHR and volunteers weekly at the Elem center for youth at risk in Kiryat Shmona. She holds a B.A. degree from the
Nohar Maroz, 25, is a Social Work student at Tel-Hai College. Growing up in Jerusalem she was a dedicated student of the arts, especially painting. After high school she spent a year in a pre-army program at Kibbutz Ma’ayan, where she enjoyed “a great year with lots of greenery, studies, trips around Israel, and group living. I learned to love myself as well as the land of Israel!” As a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, Nohar taught Hebrew to other soldiers who were new immigrants to Israel, a job she enjoyed greatly. Since then, she has traveled around the world – to California, New York, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and China – and spent a summer teaching Hebrew at a Reform Jewish overnight camp in Wisconsin. She now lives on Kibbutz Harduf.
The next Project TEN groups in Kiryat Shmona will take place on the following dates:
(Dates may change slightly; contact our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for updates).
The unsubsidized cost for the Project TEN program in Kiryat Shmona, including volunteer, social, and learning activities; transportation between the center and your volunteer placement; and subsidized food and lodging, is $3500. However, Project TEN participants in Israel (who are coming from abroad) are eligible for significant grants and scholarships from Masa Israel Journey, which can bring down your expenses to the same $10-15 per day that you would pay for any other TEN center. Israelis, too, are eligible for extremely significant program subsidies, and should speak with the TEN coordinators about your true costs.
The cost does not include your airfare to the target country, health insurance, visa fees, or vaccinations.
Upon acceptance to the program you will be given instructions to reserve your place with a $300 registration payment through this website. The balance will be paid in two equal payments.
In the event that, after paying the registration fee, you must withdraw from the program, you will be refunded $200.
For information about the Pay It Forward Fund, which might subsidize up to 50 percent of your costs -- with your pledge to pay back the scholarship in the next few years to provide aid to future volunteers -- please go to our cost section.
Remember, Project TEN participants in Israel are eligible for grants and scholarships from Masa Israel Journey - see above!
Since ancient times, humans have inhabited the area that is now northern Israel, due to its many water sources and lush and fertile land. Near Kiryat Shmona is Tel Dan – a "tel" is an area where successive peoples built cities, on top of the ruins of previous ones. The region also includes what was, until modern Jews arrived between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, uninhabitable marshland.
Relics can be found in the area of Tel Dan dating back to the 5th millennium BCE (the "New Stone-Age"). Many empires ruled the area throughout the centuries: the Canaanites, Israelites, Babylonians, ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Muslims (Ottomans) and more. To this day, one can find relics in the area, from the time that the kingdom of Israel ruled the region (from the time of the separation between Judah and Israelite kingdoms). Much archeological evidence points to the years that King Jeroboam of Israel and his successors controlled the area.
The first modern Jewish immigrants arrived in the area of Kiryat Shmona in 1949, and the city was established as a Jewish town in July of that same year, on top of the ruins of what had been the Arab village of Khallassah. At first, the town was named "Kiryat Yosef" after an Israeli army commander named Yosef Trumpledore. Trumpledore had died together with 7 other men defending Tel-Hai (once a Jewish community near Kiryat Shmona). The town name was later changed to Kiryat Shmona (Shmona meaning "eight" in Hebrew), in order to also commemorate the other 7 Jewish fighters who died in the battle with Trumpledore.
The first Jewish settlers of Kiryat Shmona came to Israel from Yemen, Iraq, and Iran. Later, more Jews immigrated to Kiryat Shmona from North Africa, Romania, Russia, and other areas.
Kiryat Shmona has often gone through tumultuous times, having been bombarded by rockets and missiles from Lebanon and Syria during wars between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Today, according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, the city of Kiryat Shmona is home to approximately 23,000 inhabitants, of whom about 90 percent are Jewish. The average income for salaried employees is 4,800 shekels a month (about US$1260). According to the 2007 Local Authorities report, 48 percent of the workforce in Kiryat Shmona are salaried employees making at least minimum wage; a small percentage are self-employed, and many are unemployed.
Kiryat Shmona has an industrial zone that includes many businesses in the fields of electronics, glass, wood, metal, motor shops, food, textiles, and cosmetics. Many inhabitants of Kiryat Shmona and the surrounding area make a living from tourism-related businesses: hotels and guesthouses, vacation cabins, tourism companies, various tourist attractions etc. These businesses are hard-hit during times of military turmoil, when the region becomes a missile target and tourism decreases dramatically.
During your three months with Project TEN you will be working very hard at your volunteer service, Jewish learning, and other responsibilities. Although you will see much of the region through excursions and trips as part of your service learning and your Israel Pathways seminars, you might be interested in additionally touring the region on your own. If you want to arrive in Israel or the Galilee early or stay after Project TEN, and visit the sites on your own time, you are welcome to do so.
In and Around Kiryat Shmona:
Around the Galilee: A short car trip away is a variety of activities across the beautiful Galilee region, from wineries and horseback riding to water activities at Lake Kinneret and hiking at Mount Gilboa or Mount Tabor. The Israel Trail offers a great way to experience the region on foot. If you rent a car, you can easily enjoy the night life in Rosh Pina, the restaurants and historical sites in Tiberias, the spiritual center of Tzfat, or off-the-beaten path camping sites.
Around Israel: From Kiryat Shmona you can easily arrange to travel for overnight trips to Haifa, Tel Aviv, or Jerusalem, or head even further south to the Dead Sea, Negev desert, and Eilat. Bus connections are available to major cities.
Driving Times from Kiryat Shmona (estimated; bus information is correct as of December 2012 and does not apply on holidays or weekends):
Tiberias: 1 hour by car or bus (use Egged Bus Company lines 963, 840, 841, or 63. Frequency of buses changes over the day; check the Egged schedule)
Haifa: 1.5 hours by car (or 2-2.5 hours by bus; use Egged lines 500, 501, or 505 to Haifa's Hamifratz Central Station. Buses leave Kiryat Shmona every 45-60 minutes from 5:35 am to 9 pm)
Tel Aviv: 2.5 hours by car (or 3.5-5 hours by bus; use Egged bus lines 841, 842, 845 from Kiryat Shmona to Tel Aviv; buses leave every 15-45 minutes from 5:20 am to 8:15 pm)
Jerusalem: 3 hours by car (or 4 hours by bus; use Egged line 963, which leaves four times daily.)
Eilat: 7-8 hours (use Egged buses from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem)
Climate: The upper Galilee has hot, dry summers (June-August) with average temperatures of 18-29C (64-84F), and cold, rainy winters (December – March) with average temperatures of 5-10C (41-50C); it occasionally snows.
When packing your clothes, if you plan to travel to other areas of Israel to visit, keep in mind that despite Israel's small geographic size, it has many different climates. In the summer, Tel Aviv is exceptionally hot and humid, while Jerusalem is hot but dry. In the winter, Tel Aviv is pleasant, while Jerusalem can be chilly and rainy.
Time Zone: All of Israel is in the GMT +2 time zone. Most of the year it is seven hours ahead of New York City.
Currency: Israel uses the New Israeli Shekel (or "shekel," or NIS). One shekel is equivalent to 100 agurot. The value of the shekel fluctuates, but currently one US dollar is equivalent to about 3.5 NIS. So, when you come across an item to buy, if you divide the cost by 4, you'll get the approximate dollar value.
As examples to help you budget, here are some typical costs of products or services in Israel: A movie costs about 35 NIS; a small cappuccino at a café is about 15 NIS; a slice of pizza is 10-13 NIS; a large whole pizza is 50-60 NIS; a shawarma plus drink is 35-40 NIS; a dozen eggs is about 11 NIS; a small container of cottage cheese is about 6 NIS. Adult admission to the Canada Center in the nearby town of Metula is 79 NIS for ice-skating plus swimming, or 99 NIS for ice-skating, swimming, and bowling. There are a few kosher meat restaurants in Kiryat Shmona, with an average meal price of 70-80 NIS per person.
Electricity Supply: Israel uses 230 volts, 50 cycle AC. We recommend you bring a multi-outlet plug adaptor.
Getting Around: Kiryat Shmona has intra-city buses and taxi lines you can use to get around town – but since it is geographically small, walking is often the easiest way to get from point A to point B.
Hello / goodbye = shalom
Please = b'vakasha
Thank you = todah
Good morning = bokair tov
Taxi = moh-neet
Please turn on the meter = tahd-leek et hah-moneh, b'vakasha
Hotel = mah-lone
How much does this cost? = kah-mah zeh oleh?
Where is the bathroom? = ay-foh ha-shay-root-im?
Street = Rechov
How does one get to . . . ? = aych mah-gee-im lih . . . ?
I do not speak Hebrew = Ah-nee lo mih-da-behr iv-reet (male) / Ah-nee lo mih-dah-behret iv-reet (female)
Do you speak English? = (to a male) ha-eem atah meh-dah-behr ahng-leet?
Do you speak English?= (to a female) ha-eem aht me-dah-behret ahng-leet?
May I speak in English? = Ef-shahr lih-dah-behr bih-ahng-leet?
Telephone = telephone
Cell phone = peleh-phone
I am volunteering = Ani mitnadev (male) / Ani mitnadevet (female)
Project TEN= pro-yekt ten
It is a Jewish Agency program = zoht toch-neet shel ha-Soch-noot
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