A Message from Melanie and Sarah of Israel Connect:
I hope this letter finds you well and safely staying home. During this trying time, as we sit anxiously glued to the news that seems to be shifting by the moment, we are all concerned about getting through this situation. We may be wondering how we can be helpful. What can we do to ensure that we use this time to strengthen our community and connection?
The Myerberg Center and our partner at Israel Connect would like to introduce our community to an important ongoing intergenerational program in need of volunteers. Thanks to a generous grant from the Associated, Israel Connect is a growing virtual mentorship program that pairs older adults with high school students in Ashkelon. Myerberg members help students with their English acquisition, which is vital for entry into University. The students and mentors meet virtually once a week between 8:00a.m. and 12:00p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Using a web-based program called Zoom and a short enjoyable curriculum, the students and mentors chat, providing an English immersion experience that may be otherwise inaccessible to students in Ashkelon. The students have gained tremendously from the weekly encounter.
Now students in Israel need our help more than ever! Because all students have been placed in quarantine and are missing out on months of learning, Israel Connect has opened the program to accommodate hundreds of additional students. The Myerberg Center will be increasing its impact by adding additional mentors to help Israeli high school students salvage their year and we need your help!
No prior computer skills or teaching experience is necessary. Participants will only need an internet connection and a computer, tablet or smart phone.
I know we can count on each other to come out of this a stronger, more connected community.
Please stay safe and stay home.
Sarah Gordon and Melanie Waxman