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Posted December 15, 2016
Achvat Amim is a 5 month volunteer experience based in Jerusalem that directly engages with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. Participants are involved in hands on work with educational, community, and human rights organizations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, doing grassroots work with Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem. Participants volunteer in a group project and in individualized placements, while traveling extensively, and learning with leaders in the field. Together, we build a dynamic learning community in which we explore and shape Jewish culture and identity as individuals and as part of a greater whole.
Achvat Amim Ruchani brings a halachic sensibility rooted in Jewish values as the lens through which to understand and experience the modern realities of Jerusalem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is geared towards those who are committed to peace building and human rights, as well as to Jewish life, innovative Jewish learning and intentional practice. This track Achvat Amim was created out of a deep need and desire for a unique framework, which enables people to bring forth their whole selves, without having to bracket out their religious beliefs, or their political beliefs.
Who should apply for Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim?
Achvat Amim is open to participants between the ages of 21-30. Applicants can be students, workers, teachers, travelers, activists all of the above, or something entirely different. The ideal applicant has been to Israel before and is familiar with some of the subject matter at hand.
We aim to bring people together who are motivated to make real change in the world around them. Achvat Amim, along with partners including Rabbis for Human Rights, an Israeli human rights organization that gives "voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights", connects participants to projects that aim to end racism, violence and inequality as an essential building block for a society based on values that are central to Judaism such as justice, equity, and peace.
We are seeking participants who are excited to develop a creative and participatory learning environment for exploring Jewish history, tradition and culture in order to build identity and community.
(Photo credit: Achavat Amim website)