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Diaspora Ministry, Mosaic United invest $1 million in Israel volunteer missions

The goal is to get 2,000 young Jews from around the world to help Israel in war and recovery efforts.

Volunteers busy helping farmers in southern Israel. Credit: HaShomer HaChadash.
Volunteers busy helping farmers in southern Israel. Credit: HaShomer HaChadash.

Mosaic United and the Israeli Ministry for Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism are investing $1 million to help bring 2,000 young Jewish volunteers to Israel.

With Israel recovering from Hamas’s Oct. 7 terrorist attacks and in the midst of war in the Gaza Strip, solidarity and mutual responsibility between Jews in Israel and around the world remains critical.

To that end, Mosaic United’s Shalom Corps has joined Birthright Israel in the effort to bring thousands of Jews from around the world ages 18 to 40 to Israel for two-week volunteering missions.

Participants will engage in agricultural work and pack supplies for those in need in partnership with Israeli nonprofits, such as Leket Israel, the country’s national food bank; and Hashomer HaChadash. Birthright provides accommodations, daily stipends and connection with Israeli peers throughout the program.

The opportunity is being offered to all Jews in the above age bracket, including Birthright Israel alumni, regardless of past Israel experience. Taking part in the volunteering missions does not affect future eligibility for Birthright Israel.

Birthright Israel CEO Gidi Mark said that the response so far has been overwhelming with more than 3,300 individuals expressing interest.

Two-week tracks are currently available through January.

To learn more or apply, click here.

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