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Volunteers For Israel
The mission of Volunteers for Israel is to connect Americans to Israel through volunteer service.
We achieve this by partnering with military and civilian organizations in Israel that enable American volunteers ages 17 and up to live and work alongside Israelis.
We promote solidarity and goodwill among Israelis, American Jews, and other friends of Israel.
The program began in 1982, during the first war with Lebanon, when civilian replacements were needed for thousands of reservists called to duty just as Israel's harvest season began. Israeli General Aharon Davidi sent emissaries to the United States to enlist volunteers to harvest crops and save the economy. More than 600 volunteers responded immediately.
Today, VFI maintains that pioneering spirit. Opportunities include a 2-week summer International Youth Program for students 17-25 and extensions to Taglit-Birthright and other Israel tours. In the past five years alone, more than 5,000 people have directly supported Israel through hands on service.
No matter the task, our focus is always to lend our hands and to assure Israel that she does not stand alone. VFI is a non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization.