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S.H.A.L.E.M - National Service for Adult
The SHALEM movement – National Service for the Adult
The SHALEM movement ( in Hebrew – short for National Movement for the Adult) is, as the name indicates, an organizational framework for retirees, dedicated to volunteering in the community. The movement was founded by Dr. Shalom Klein in the year 2000, who was in charge of adult education at The Ministry of Education at the time. Nowadays the movement operates under the auspices of "Ha'Hevra Le'Matnassim" (the company managing a network of countrywide community centers).
Dr. Klein's vision was that the movement's mission should be to implement the human capital accumulated by the retirees for the benefit of the Israeli society, and that the adoption of volunteering should become a way of life. This is one way of reducing the gaps in the Israeli society in general, and within the education system in particular.
The SHALEM movement is a blessed byproduct of the transformations the Israeli society has undergone over the past decades, namely: the extension of life expectancy on the one hand and the decrease in the average age of retirement on the other hand. People retire when they are still active and have a lot to offer, and this is a valuable human and economic resource, rich in knowledge and professional experience which should be utilized for the benefit of society.
We believe that volunteering helps people to feel needed and meaningful, and when joining the movement the retirees maintain the sense of belonging to a group. Moreover, the principle of volunteering highlights values of generosity, solidarity, responsibility, mutual assistance and social leadership.
SHALEM reaches potential volunteers during their preparatory courses towards retirement, and offers them a "smooth landing" into this new phase of life by joining a volunteering framework, in most cases near home.
The volunteers are offered a wide selection of volunteering missions and can chose whichever suits them, or propose new ideas for volunteering. Our motto is that with a good match the volunteer benefits no less than the receiver, and should be happy with what he\she are doing.
Here are some of the broad variety of volunteering options:
- Leadership and management tasks – coordinating, integrating, training, computerization, communication, fund raising, on national/regional/local levels.
- Shalem in Education – enriching learning activity in schools and community centers, and reducing learning gaps.
- "Kri'a Be'Hana'a" (Enjoyable reading) – encouraging first and second grade elementary school children to read.
- "Be'lev Ha'Inyan" (In the heart of the matter) – discussing current affairs and moral values at school, for fifth and sixth grade elementary school children.
- "Zahav Ba'Gan" (Road safety for preschoolers) – road safety education and activities in kindergartens with the collaboration of Or Yarok (the association dedicated to reduce road accidents).
- "Or Yarok" (Green Light) – a club aiming to promote community road safety and to improve infrastructures.?
- "Kehila Metayelet" (Hiking community) – organizing and training hiking clubs across the country.
- M.L.H. – Experts for the community.
Time bank – service exchange – establishing and managing a community initiative based on reciprocity: one person's hour equals another person's hour in any field (welfare/education/administration/technology/paramedical etc.)
- Immigration Absorption.
- Support and integration of special needs population into the community.
- Assistance to the elderly – domestic help to the dependent lonely people as well as to members of senior day care clubs.
- Emergency preparedness.
- "Connected to the 'Gold Age' – a national program in which volunteer tutors guide and train retirees how to use their smart phones and make the most of the sophisticated gadgets.
SHALEM offers the volunteers a training or mentoring program according to the specific needs of the mission they have undertaken. They are also fully insured.
The entire SHALEM movement operates solely on a voluntary basis and is managed by: the chairman – Dr. Klein, the managing director (an employee of the Hevra Le'Matnassim), a volunteering Board, volunteer regional coordinators (north, center and south) and volunteer local coordinators for each branch.
Assisting the management of the volunteer body is the administrative computerized software which was developed in-house by volunteers.
The National School for the Volunteering profession
in memory of Carmella Even Ezra, Ramat Hasharon
The school, which is operated by SHALEM volunteers, conducts courses, workshops, continuing programs, outdoor activities and seminars to volunteers and organizations throughout the year:
Managing volunteers, volunteering leadership, specialization track in the volunteering world, training new coordinators, preparing future retirees, planning and budgeting volunteer activities, round tables, computer applications for volunteers' management, enrichment programs for empowering volunteers – "Heichal Ha'Netina" (The Palace of Awarding).
Visit our website: www.shallem.org.il
CEO: Ms. Ornit Dekel cell # 050-6758289
Translated & updated Nov. 2017
by (Nira Orion) Gaby Fainaro