Israel plays a fundamental role in our Jewish story, and its history and presence as the Jewish State is a strong component of Reform Judaism. However, Israel is also home to many different faces and voices, to individuals and cohorts with various religious and ethnic affiliations, all of whom exist alongside and interact with one another on a daily basis. These narratives may seem contradictory, but using Jewish values as a guide, there are many organizations and projects that exist around the country to offer opportunities for meaningful partnership in the collective effort to achieve peace.
Mitzvah Corps Israel participants embark on a journey to discover these incredibly inspiring initiatives; to engage with citizens of Israel whose stories too often go untold, and whose positive impacts and messages of peace too often go unheard. By being immersed in these various communities, working alongside those with a shared vision of peace and collaboration, hearing their stories and learning from their methodology, teens on this program come away with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of Israel’s demographics. Peeling back the layers of conflict and unrest, they’ll be exposed to the power of an authentic Israel, its natural beauty, historical significance, and ultimately the genuine stories of cooperation and understanding between its people.