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Students from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya made a short and moving movie about the Society

As part of their undergraduate studies in Communications in the Raphael Recanati International School in the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the students were required to prepare short TV reports on social issues. Avigail Bergerbest, Tal Barchana and Shani Daluya, students in the Center, chose the SPCA Israel as the subject of their TV item.

They carried out research, filmed the Society and made a short movie. The results are presented here.

We wish to thank the three students for the video clip and wish them success in their studies.

‘Students-for-Dogs’ Day

A large group of students from Tel-Aviv University turned up to volunteer at the Society

On Friday, May 20, the in-house dogs in the shelter of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Israel were treated to a day of fun accompanied by a group of Tel-Aviv University students. This activity was part of a major Volunteer Day promoted by the representatives of the Students’ Union Council to allow interested students to volunteer in a centralized and organized day-long activity, in the hope that this would lead the way to more volunteer activity in the future.

This Volunteer Day was offered to the students who could choose a place to volunteer from a few options including: Cleaning up the beaches, distributing food to the needy, medical clowning for children in hospitals, activities with the elderly and hosting children from the Municipal School G in Jaffa on the University campus.

Photographed by Dvir Reshef
Photographed by Dvir Reshef

“The students themselves came up with the idea, and we sincerely hope that the event will become a tradition that will become more widespread and develop”, said Ran Livneh, Chairman of the Students’ Union. “The great interest in Volunteer Day demonstrated the importance that volunteering and contributing hold for the students.” Einat Wolbutter, a medical engineering student and one of the organizers of the activity: “Our aim was to make the various organizations and the concept of volunteering easily accessible to the students. Students are always under pressure and have no spare time, but if a convenient opportunity arises, they will take advantage of it, and so it is important for us to create the opportunity and to encourage the inclination to volunteer”.

Photographed by Dvir Reshef
Photographed by Dvir Reshef

The 30 students who came to the Society were given an explanation about the activities that take place there, took part in a guided tour and took the dogs that are up for adoption out for a walk. Brit, a Biology and Management student and volunteer in the Wild Animal Clinic in the Safari: “Help for the elderly is always in the headlines. Aid for animals is something that gets forgotten about, though it is just as important. Many of the animals in the shelter were thrown out on to the street by their owners. We wanted to do something beneficial for them, because dogs usually do a lot of good things for us. I hope that this activity will give the students the inclination to adopt a dog or to come to volunteer on a more regular basis”.

Photographed by Dvir Reshef
Photographed by Dvir Reshef

We wish to thank the Students Union for this initiative and for this successful day, and the volunteer students themselves for their readiness, their interest and the devotion that they demonstrated during Volunteer Day.

Before we part

Goodbyes and tremendous thanks to Ariella Manik, the American who came to the Society by way of the Career Israel organization

A few months ago Ariella Menick, a young woman from the United States, joined the voluntary staff of the Society. Ariella was sent to us by the Career Israel organization, which offers a special five month program for college and university graduates from all over the world, with the goal of familiarizing them with Israel, to enrich and advance them in the employment aspect. During their stay in Israel the organization supplies the participants with housing, they learn Hebrew, they tour the country and they choose to work in a business or an organization within the many fields offered to them.

Ariella, who of course chose the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, very quickly fit in and became in integral part of the place. In the framework of her job at the Society, Ariella assisted in setting up the English website and in writing letters, she assisted in the ongoing care of the animals and took dogs out for walks. The jewel in the crown was her giving a temporary home to two sweet puppies.

Those puppies were abandoned shortly after they were born, and since they were unable to eat on their own they needed controlled feedings. Ariella immediately volunteered for this responsible assignment, took the pups to her residence, and there she fed them every few hours, beginning with a bottle and later with soft food. In the month that Ariella took care of the pups with tremendous devotion, they grew and put on weight and will soon by candidates for adoption.

Soon Ariella will finish the program in Israel and will return to her home in the United States with a wealth of memories and experiences in Israel. After her work at the Society she is even considering studying veterinary medicine. We want to thank Ariella from the bottom of our hearts for her great contribution to the Society, and we wish her great success in whichever path she chooses.

Because of the spirit

Students from Australia and Argentina are discovering the spirit of volunteerism at the Society

In the last few years we in the Society have been hosting many groups of young Jews from the Diaspora, and last week we were happy to host two additional groups of students from ” Taglit ” (The Birthright project), who came to us through a subsidiary company of the Jewish Agency – the Israeli Experience.

The first group numbered 40 students from Australia who belong to the Australian Student’s Union and the second group was one of 40 students from Argentina. The young people had a directed tour of the Society’s compound and afterwards engaged in voluntary activity – taking out dogs for walks, playing with cats, trimming hedges and gardening and feeding animals in the stables.

Taglit project, which was established to strengthen the connection between Israel and youth in the Diaspora, and to prevent assimilation, enables young Jews between 18 and 26 to come to Israel, and provides them with educational tours. The project is part of the Jewish Agency, which is proud to state that in its framework, within the last 8 years, about 200,000 Jewish students, from 50 different countries around the world, visited Israel. During their stay in Israel these young people visit important historical and Zionist sites and meet with Israelis of their age group – all this in order to strengthen their connection to Israel and to turn them into “information ambassadors” where they live.