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10 ways Israel’s water expertise is helping the world

Using ingenuity to overcome its serious water challenges, Israel has become the go-to expert for a world facing an impending water crisis. This year’s WATEC expo and conference, to be held in September in Tel Aviv, is expected to attract 10,000 stakeholders from 90 countries seeking Israeli solutions for water issues.

Transforming Vulnerable Communities | Grok Nation

Even before the earthquake hit last April, destroying 700,000 homes in the hill country of Central Nepal, these villages were in crisis. For a complex of reasons, these villagers – like villagers all over the “two-thirds world” in Asia, Africa and South America – are mostly unable to feed their families with what they have been able to produce on their small plots of land.

An earthquake of life-changing magnitude

Ever since a catastrophic earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, the entire Tamang family has been living in a “cottage.” A local engineer determined that their original house, built 60 years ago Manegau village 15 miles east of Kathmandu, was in danger of collapse if another earthquake hit.

The rabbi of Nepal

Micha Odenheimer is sitting in a restaurant in the Mahaneh Yehudah market in Jerusalem, having a last good meal before taking off for Nepal the following morning. He’d been in Kathmandu barely two weeks earlier, just before the earthquake.

What were so many Israelis doing in Nepal in the first place?

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Shira Langer was heading into a lazy day. Typically, Saturday’s find the 31-year-old senior staffer in the Israeli organization Tevel b’Tzedek’s Nepal office heading over to the Thamel tourist zone, to give in laundry and maybe take a vinyasa class at a favorite yoga studio.

A year after quake, Israelis still helping Nepal recover

April 25, 2015, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale devastated Nepal. Just over two weeks later, the country was rattled again by a magnitude 7.3 quake centered northeast of Kathmandu. Nearly 9,000 people were killed, 22,000 injured and hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed or damaged in the twin quakes.

Judaism’s next great gift to humankind

This Rosh Hashanah will mark the beginning of a Shmita or Sabbatical year. According to the Torah – as featured in this week’s Torah reading, Behar – every seven years the land must be allowed to rest “a Sabbath for YHVH.” Working the land is forbidden; so is harvesting more than what you immediately need.

 

Our Nepal ‘Home Away From Home’ Is In Ruins – Now, We Must Rebuild

Over the past eight years, Tevel b’Tzedek has been working in Nepal, a very beautiful, very poor country snuggled-or thrust-between India and Tibet. Founded to create a Jewish platform to connect Israelis and Jews to the challenges of extreme poverty in the global south, Tevel now works in Burundi, Africa as well-but Nepal is our home away from home.

 

Community urged to dig deep for Nepal – The Australian Jewish News

THE Australian Jewish community has mobilised behind the victims and survivors of Nepal’s deadly earthquake, which has so far recorded a death toll of close to 5000 people, many more thousands injured, and widespread destruction.

Volunteers and staff in earthquake stricken village

Tevel staff and volunteers report from the field in the Manegau village, where homes have been flattened by the recent earthquake.

Our Nepal ‘home away from home’ is in ruins – but hope is not lost

Over the past eight years, Tevel b’Tzedek has been working in Nepal, a very beautiful, very poor country snuggled – or thrust – between India and Tibet. Founded to create a Jewish platform to connect Israelis and Jews to the challenges of extreme poverty in the global south, Tevel now works in Burundi, Africa as well – but Nepal is our home away from home.

What were so many Israelis doing in Nepal in the first place?

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Shira Langer was heading into a lazy day. Typically, Saturday’s find the 31-year-old senior staffer in the Israeli organization Tevel b’Tzedek’s Nepal office heading over to the Thamel tourist zone, to give in laundry and maybe take a vinyasa class at a favorite yoga studio.

Lessons of Nepal

In the hillside farming village of Mahadev Besi, west of Kathmandu, half a dozen middle-aged Jews from Jerusalem sit cross-legged on the floor of a bamboo shed, listening to the local women. Most of us are members of the board of Tevel b’Tzedek, an Israeli organization that sends young volunteers to combat poverty in Nepal.

Far From Home, Fellowship Participants are Investing in Human Capital

These days, Omer Malchi and Emily Sasser are living and working in Bhwasa, a village nestled in the mountains of Nepal. As part of the year-long Tevel Fellowship of Tevel b’Tzedek, an Israeli NGO whose mission is tikkun olam, these two young American Jews have chosen to immerse themselves in a culture and part of the world far from their own – in a program that is steeped in Jewish values.

JDOV – Dreams Observations Visions

Jewish tradition values words – words bring ideas into being. JDOV invites inspiring speakers to share their Jewish dream, observation or vision.

Best Practices for Global Jewish Service: the Tevel Fellowship

Tevel b’Tzedek is now accepting applications to the second cohort of its year-long volunteer program, the Tevel Fellowship . The program, funded by Pears Foundation and Schusterman Foundation-Israel, is an exciting pilot striving to establish the best practices and standards for top quality Jewish service in the developing world.

Tikkun Nepal

“Why volunteer in Nepal? Don’t you think you should be worrying about your own community first?” These are some of the questions typically faced by individuals who choose to volunteer in a developing country. On one hand, this line of thinking seems outdated and pre-globalization.

Branding the “Unbrandable” – by Elana Kaminka

Hey, why don’t YOU change…… The question of how to motivate people to change is one that philosophers as well as practitioners from a variety of disciplines have been battling with for centuries. History has shown how resistance to new ideas and technology can cause both individuals and entire communities to perpetuate self-inflicted disaster.

Tevel b’Tzedek brings sustainable agriculture to Nepal… and back again

There’s a new pioneering spirit among some Israeli youth, and this time the blue and white is tinged with green and infused with an international flair. Jewish service organization Tevel b’Tzedek (The Earth – In Justice), which has been sending volunteers to Nepal to work with local communities, recently began teaching sustainable agriculture to 1,000 women.

Indebted Countries and the Sabbatical Year

By Rabbi Micha OdenheimerNorman Gottwald, an American biblical scholar, expressed well the challenge of applying ancient wisdom to contemporary issues: “So we are left with the logically perplexing but morally empowering paradox that the Bible is both grossly irrelevant in direct application to current economic problems and incredibly relevant in vision and principle for grasping…