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Shoshanna and the Spirit of Inclusion: A Summer Experience in Israel

Shoshanna Kervin 1 - ALEH
February 17, 2017

“My summer at ALEH was transformational. I believe that my true identity was forged while volunteering at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran in southern Israel.” Inspired by the kindness of her parents throughout her youth, British Columbia native Shoshanna Kervin developed an unquenchable desire to help others. Having shadowed a local girl with Downs syndrome and volunteered […]

Michelle’s motivation for volunteering with Marie Curie Charity

February 6, 2017

WHY Do I Volunteer and Fundraise? By Michelle, Liverpool, February 2017 This is what I sometimes ask myself with all the different groups I have got involved with. So, I’m in my mid 40’s now and I occasionally sit back and think how did I start all this? Where does it stem from? Who am […]

Sue Pearlman’s Volunteer Story

January 26, 2017

I owe my career to volunteering! I started training as a volunteer adviser with a CAB in 1997, having left school with a few O Levels and not going on to any sort of training except secretarial! In 1986 I was appointed as Deputy Manager of a CAB, and left the CAB service in 2004 […]

Jewish Volunteering Network announces partnerships with Barnet CCG and Wellbeing Hub

January 24, 2017

Below is an article written by Rhys Handley that appeared in the Times Series Newspaper.   A Jewish volunteering service are working with Barnet’s health services to make sure the people who want to be volunteers go to the best-suited services. The Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) has announced it is working with the Barnet Clinical […]

Dan Siskin’s Account on Volunteering at Crisis over Xmas 2016

Dan Siskin Volunteer Stories Crisis
January 16, 2017

This ‘holiday’ season saw me spending my sixth year as a volunteer at Crisis for Christmas, at one of their pop-up centres for homeless people. For the past fifty years, these centres have offered warmth, food, access to medical services, a hot shower, advice and entertainment – all of which are often difficult to find […]

Leonie’s Response To Theresa May’s View of Shared Society

I read with great interest the speech by the Prime Minister on stating her government’s desire to create a ‘shared society’ in a post-Brexit Britain. For many, this has echoes of David Cameron’s notion of the ‘big society’, which focussed on generating social cohesion by putting local people and local governments in greater control of […]

My Special Bar Mitzvah with the Children of ALEH

November 17, 2016

In this edition of our blog, Caroline Cosgrove  writes about the volunteering she and her son James did for his Bar Mitzvah. Here is her story… In the lead up to the Bar Mitzvah of my son, James, in August 2016, he was considering what he could do to mark the occasion in a meaningful way – one […]

Faith on Facebook

September 16, 2016

Following the recent guest blog from David Chait, here’s our perspective on his Modern Open Orthodox Facebook group and the benefits of online communities in bringing people together for social action. Here at JVN we are proud to promote volunteering through all avenues in the Jewish community. Faith based groups allow people to volunteer in an […]

Guest Blog: Modern Open Orthodox


The Facebook group Modern Open Orthodox is a place where the Orthodox Jewish community can come together online and share their views, problems and solutions. David Chait tells us what the purpose of the group is, why he set it up and how it is helping people. Being connected to the organised Jewish community is incredible. You get […]

Claire’s Refugee Story

Volunteers- Lesbos
August 22, 2016

Claire Lemer is Consultant in General Paediatrics and Service Transformation at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, based at St Thomas’. She is also a member of HGSS and co- chair of US Women, alongside her role as a trustee of the US. This year, Claire volunteered for two weeks in a refugee camp in Lesbos, […]

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