Since 2010, Valley resident Sue Adatto has traveled to Israel each summer with Volunteers for Israel to participate in the Israeli Sar-El program.

Adatto made her first trip when her daughter, then 17, was looking for something to do in Israel that wasn’t a youth group trip. The two volunteered on separate bases and met on the weekends. Her daughter joined Adatto again the following year, and since then Adatto has made the trek on her own.

Adatto spends three weeks working alongside Israeli soldiers and other volunteers from all around the world, including Spain, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Italy, Holland, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong. Her fellow volunteers are Jewish as well as Christian.

Sar-El’s roots go back to 1982, when farmers did not have enough workers to help them in the fields. More than 600 volunteers from around the world answered the distress call. To date, Sar-El is represented in more 30 countries. Historically, Sar-El’s greatest number of volunteers have come from the United States and France.

Here, Adatto shares some photos of her volunteer work in Israel from this summer, as well as previous years. JN

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