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Volunteers Tiyul to Jerusalem

Volunteerism is a central pillar of Telfed, and the 300 plus active volunteers who work for the benefit of the community are invaluable to our organisation. Telfed serves Southern African olim country wide, and our regional volunteers fulfil an important role in welcoming and supporting members of their respective communities. A Regional Committee Tiyul was organised for the heads of these committees.   

The day began in Har Hotzvim where we met our host and guide Roy Scher, (Chairman of the Telfed Jerusalem Regional Committee) ably assisted by his wife Terry. In true Israeli style they were waiting on the steps with two boxes overflowing with delicious pastries, one salty one sweet, to cater for all tastes. In the beautiful domed lobby of number 8 Hartom Street, Roy filled us in on the many SA connections to Jerusalem’s high-tech area, and to that building in particular; from Rhona & Graham Beck to Morris Kahn to Maxine Fassburg.

From here we drove to Mount Scopus passing through the campus of the Hebrew University. From Mount Scopus (Har Hatzofim) we were treated to a wonderful panoramic view. Jerusalem veterans Roy and Terry were able to point out landmarks on the magnificent skyline. This was followed by a quick trot through the Rose Garden and on to the Supreme Court where we had a guided tour and learned about the symbolic architecture of the building. We saw one of the court rooms in action and then received an overview of the workings of the Supreme Court.

Then it was on to a delicious dairy lunch in the shaded courtyard of a beautiful small shul in Ramat Eshkol. During the lunch we were privileged to listen to an inspirational guest speaker, Orly Wahba, who shared the dreams and vision that led her to create her incredible non-profit “LifeVestInside”. In Orly’s own words: “because kindness keeps the world afloat”.

After lunch we had a guided tour of the Jerusalem Municipality compound, heard the story of many of its buildings, visited what were once Barclay’s Bank vaults, walked through what was the first park in the Middle East, and viewed an interesting statue by Roy Lichtenstein. In the main municipality building we saw a short film about future plans for the city, and were given an explanation of a fascinating model of the city, located in the basement. A trip to the top floor offered a glimpse of the Council Chambers and a magnificent panoramic view of the city from the balcony.

We then bade our fond farewells to the volunteers from the Jerusalem area and boarded the bus for the trip back to Raanana. Thanks to Dana Ben Chail (Telfed Head of Volunteerism and Events) and Roy for their amazing organisation of a most interesting day.


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