Achvat Amim, which means “solidarity of nations” in Hebrew, is a 5 month volunteer experience in Jerusalem that directly engages with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. Achvat Amim is a framework for meaningful volunteer work with leading Israeli human rights organizations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, which do grassroots work with Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem. Achvat Amim focuses on developing practical skills in community development and education through intensive volunteer projects and engaging with social change and human rights movements. Achvat Amim is renewing the conversation on Jewish Peoplehood and Zionism for the 21st century. 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, engage with the challenging realities in Israel and the West Bank, and build on the rich history and traditions of which we are a living part. Achvat Amim combines learning programs, outdoor experiences, seminars, and trips around the country with working on real projects with leading human rights organizations. Join us in building a future rooted in the Jewish value of Tzedek (Justice), Shalom (Peace), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), and Achat Amim (Solidarity of Nations.) Who should apply? Achvat Amim is open to participants between the ages of 21-28. 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 such as Givat Haviva, 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.
Where do we live?
Participants live together in an apartment/house in West Jerusalem. The group is made up of between 8-12 people who share kitchen space, learning space, working space and relaxing space. We also work to balance the many amazing elements of collective living with the importance of personal space and privacy.
Who We Are
Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim was created by a group of Jewish educators who believe that we are in a critical moment of Jewish history, and that what happens in Israel with respect to the conflict and relationships between nations is an essential challenge for us to take up.
We believe in self-determination for the Jewish people and for all peoples. We are deeply connected to Israel, and we recognize the deep challenges facing Israeli society today. We know that the reality of conflict is complex and we are not afraid to deal with it honestly in a deep way.
We are experienced community organizers, and we know that the best way to approach challenging problems is to engage people in meaningful processes of self-examination, empowerment, and relationship building, and to create the space for communities to develop shared goals and strategies for positive social change rooted in their unique identities and traditions.
Achvat Amim is very reasonably priced and we are experienced in helping participants fundraise and find scholarships. MASA offers significant grants and scholarships for those eligible. Find out more at http://www.masaisrael.org/grants We will help you.
After you are accepted to the program you are expected to pay the $525 deposit within 14 days in order to ensure your spot and the rest within 8 weeks of acceptance.