About us

TEVEL Has Two Synergetic, Equally Important Goals:

CREATING ISRAELI AND JEWISH LEADERSHIP PASSIONATELY INVOLVED IN “TIKKUN OLAM” (REPAIRING THE WORLD) LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY.

WORKING TOGETHER WITH RURAL COMMUNITIES TO ENHANCE THEIR LIVELIHOOD, CAPACITY AND WELLBEING

WE STRIVE TO DISCOVER

and disseminate the most effective and sustainable methods for ending poverty and environmental devastation, and for spreading knowledge and empowerment.

WE STRIVE TO RENEW

and strengthen the connection between the Jewish people and the marginalized and impoverished populations of the developing world.

WE STRIVE TO BUILD

a community of Jewish and Israeli activists who have the hands-on experience and skills to change the world.

WE STRIVE TO CREATE

a path for Jews to integrate universalism and Jewish identity and enliven the Jewish discourse on economic justice, poverty and the environment.

Our Team & Board

Team

Rabbi Micha Odenheimer

Founding Director
Team

Yonatan Bram

Director
Team

Anat Manielevitch

Volunteer Program Manager
Board

Zaki Djemal

Chairman
Board

Yuval Elbashan

ADV
Board

Tamara Edell Gottstein

Board

Betsy Melamed

Board

Naomi Schacter

Board

Saul Singer

Board

Mark Weissman

Our Story

The Dream And The Movement

When Micha Odenheimer, a rabbi and a prolific journalist, travelled to Nepal in 2005, he was struck by the large number of Israeli tourists who were visiting the impoverished nation. Talented and motivated, many of them expressed a desire to do something to help the country. They also told Micha about their frustration that there was no framework that would allow them to do so.

Micha began to dream of harnessing the energy and curiosity of those young Israeli backpackers to help Nepal’s poorest and most marginalized communities. When he returned to Israel he recruited 15 young Israelis who moved to the Swayambu neighborhood in Kathmandu in 2007, living in a group house and volunteering with local NGOs. Micha stayed with the group, mentoring their work and inspiring them with study sessions on the philosophy, Jewish and universal, that had motivated him.

With that first group, a movement was born. In the past 15 years over 1300 young Israelis and Jews have come to Nepal to give and to learn, and have returned to their home communities with a different view of the world and their place in it. Tevel is now partnering with local organizations in rural communities in Zambia, who together with Tevel’s staff infuse the international volunteers with their commitment and knowledge of their country.

We are currently fundraising $50,000 for a Matching Challenge, to support a new project Tevel’s Sustainable ״Agriculture Innovation center in Zambia״.

If you’d like to join the matching challenge, please let us know in your note.

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