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A customized volunteer experience in Israel

FRANK JACOBSON | Special to Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 10:00 am

Frank Jacobson, vice president of marketing and development for Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS), served as a Skilled Volunteer for Israel, assisting a child welfare agency, Bayit L’chol Yeled (BiLY), from mid-August through mid-October 2015. “This exceptional experience both enriched me personally and added a depth to my time in Israel that will be with me for the rest of my life,” he said. Here, he writes about his experience.

Our daughter Aviva was planning a move to Jerusalem in August 2015 with her husband and our 18-month-old grandson for her fourth year (of six) of rabbinical school, where she would be studying at the Conservative yeshiva. My wife, Stephanie, used the opportunity to retire from a career in higher education with plans to join them for the first couple of months, since we understood that this year is very challenging for the rabbinical students and their families. There, Stephanie could take care of our grandson Elijah for part of the day, perhaps cook some dinners for the family and try to make their lives a little easier.

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