Volunteer Opportunities with Kulanu in Jewish Communities Around the World

Overseas Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with Kulanu's Jewish Communities Around the World!

Once you have determined which community would be the best fit for your skills and interests, please complete this application form and email it to volunteers[at]kulanu[dot]org along with your resumé. Thank you!

Please note:
Available accommodations vary from home hospitality to guest houses to hotels, depending on the community.
Volunteers pay or raise their own expenses.

Additional information on these communities is available on Kulanu's website: www.kulanu.org/communities

All Communities - Alphabetical

Communities By Region

Africa

  • Sa'a, Yaounde and Douala, Cameroon (French & English): three communities with combined 100 practicing Jews; Sa'a is a rural community, Yaounde is the capital city and Douala is a port city with the largest population in Cameroon; formerly Christian community which embraced Judaism in 1998; although primarily self-taught from Internet, very knowledgeable in some areas; need teachers of Hebrew, English, Jewish studies, preferably French speakers; Jewish materials in French; advice on building mikveh (ritual bath) (www.kulanu.org/cameroon)

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English & Amharic): low income area of large city; formerly hidden Jews now going public; they seek Hebrew teachers, and guides who can help the community to incorporate their long-standing traditions with their new learning; and, skills-training in cloth preparation and sewing and other income-generating activities to support the community's economic sustainability (www.kulanu.org/ethiopia)

  • Gabon: two communities, Oyem and Bitam; emerging and currently learning from Serge Etele, leader of the Beth Yeshourun Jewish community in Cameroon; want to learn more about Judaism (www.kulanu.org/gabon)

  • Sewfi Wiawso, Ghana (English): rural community of 100 devout and observant Jews; need teachers of Hebrew and Jewish studies for children and adults; teacher of computer skills, financial reporting and guest house planning, management, and marketing (www.kulanu.org/ghana)

  • Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast (French, English): the Beith Israel community of about 40 men and women has been embracing Judaism for 10 years; need teachers of Hebrew and Jewish studies; there are also the Etz Chaim community, a nearby Kabbalah center, and the Danites, an ethnic group of around 2 million, some of whom claim descent from the Tribe of Dan and are interested in learning more about Judaism (www.kulanu.org/ivorycoast)

  • Kasuku-Ol Kalau, Kenya: growing, dedicated community of 66 members in a rustic part of the country; practicing Judaism for 20 years; need teachers of Hebrew and Jewish studies for children and adults (www.kulanu.org/kenya)

  • Abayudaya, Mbale, Uganda (English): thriving Jewish spiritual community of seven villages near Mbale; much poverty; need teachers of any subjects from elementary to high school; accounting, bookkeeping, other skills; lots of possibilities here (www.kulanu.org/abayudaya)

  • Harare, Zimbabwe (English): capital city. Synagogue with live-in guest house; teach Hebrew, liturgy and/or Jewish studies; also need an experienced mohel to mentor local mohelim in modern practices (www.kulanu.org/lemba)

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Asia

  • Andhra Pradesh, India (English & Telugu): a small rural village called Kothareddypalem with about 40 Jewish families living in mixed community with Christians and Hindus; community called Bene Ephraim; need teachers of Hebrew and Jewish studies (www.kulanu.org/india)

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Latin America

  • Goiânia, Goiás, Brasil (Portuguese or Spanish): Comunidade Yad Eliahu has been in existence since 2011 and is comprised of 40 people between 2 and 75 years old, with a large group of youth. Several families live on the synagogue campus and a room and board will be provided within. The community is need of volunteers to teach basic Hebrew and Jewish studies to both the youth and the adults. (www.kulanu.org/brazil)

  • São Paulo, SP, Brasil (Portuguese or Spanish): The Associação Religiosa Israelita Bnei Avraham aka the Shil do Tatuapé is an emerging community that was formed in early 2014. The community has 40+ members, ranging from children to elderly members; they plan to convert in the near future. They are in need of volunteers to teach Hebrew and classes on Torah, Mishnah, etcetera. They could use help with: cantors for the high holidays and teachers of Hebrew and other conversion-geared religious study classes. Portuguese-speaking volunteers are preferred.

  • Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia (Spanish): Javurá Nahariya is an emerging Conservative community formed over the last few years. The community has 50 members, including many children. They would appreciate any basic Hebrew reading classes, as well as classes on any Jewish topics. (www.kulanu.org/colombia)

  • Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia (Spanish): Javura Shirat Hayyam is an emerging Conservative community formed since 2010. The community has 40 members, including many children, and a newly constructed Hebrew School classroom. They are in need of volunteers who can teach basic Hebrew (mainly reading), the weekly Parshah, and other Judaism classes on the Mishnah, etc. (www.kulanu.org/colombia)

  • Quito, Ecuador (Spanish): capital of Ecuador, this 70+ person Sephardic Orthodox community in Quito houses several anousim (descendants from Spanish Inquisition) as well as many other Ecuadorians in the process of conversion; observant of Sephardic customs, shomer Shabbat/kashrut. Needs on-site volunteers, minimum one week, for liturgy, modern and biblical Hebrew, and Tanach teachers to help with children's religious school and/or adult classes; Spanish-speaking volunteers preferred. (www.kulanu.org/ecuador or kulanu.org/anousim)

  • Guatemala City, Guatemala (Spanish): capital of Guatemala; the Asociación Judía Reformista de Guatemala Adat Israel is a community of about 25 members, in existence since 2011. They need on-site volunteers for Hebrew reading and writing training and continued Jewish education for the community; Spanish-speaking volunteers preferred (www.kulanu.org/guatemala)

  • Mexicali, Mexico (Spanish & English): northernmost city in Latin America, two hours east of San Diego, with population of over 600,000. Jewish community made up of 40+ individuals, many of whom are anousim (descendants of Crypto Jews) who have formally converted; others are on road to conversion; community is inclusive, welcoming Jews of all denominations and backgrounds who are seeking their place in Judaism; need teachers of Hebrew and Jewish studies for adults and children and educational materials for youth in Spanish to advance their Jewish studies. Spanish-speaking volunteers preferred. (www.kulanu.org/mexico)

  • Huanuco, Peru (Spanish): small rural city of 70,000, 10 hours from Lima by bus. This is a community of 40+ people, most of whom have converted over the last decade. They could use help with: cantors for the high holidays and teachers of Hebrew and other continuing religious study classes; Spanish-speaking volunteers preferred. (www.kulanu.org/peru)

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All Communities - Alphabetical

  • Goiânia, Goiás, Brasil (Portuguese or Spanish): Comunidade Yad Eliahu has been in existence since 2011 and is comprised of 40 people between 2 and 75 years old, with a large group of youth. Several families live on the synagogue campus and a room and board will be provided within. The community is need of volunteers to teach basic Hebrew and Jewish studies to both the youth and the adults. (www.kulanu.org/brazil)

  • São Paulo, SP, Brazil (Portuguese or Spanish): The Associação Religiosa Israelita Bnei Avraham aka the Shil do Tatuapé is an emerging community that was formed in early 2014. The community has 40+ members, ranging from children to elderly members; they plan to convert in the near future. They are in need of volunteers to teach Hebrew and classes on Torah, Mishnah, etcetera. They could use help with: cantors for the high holidays and teachers of Hebrew and other conversion-geared religious study classes. Portuguese-speaking volunteers are preferred. (www.kulanu.org/brazil)

  • Sa'a and Douala, Cameroon (English & French): two communities with combined 100 practicing Jews; Sa'a is a rural community and Douala is a port city with the largest population in Cameroon; formerly Christian community which embraced Judaism in 1998; although primarily self-taught from Internet, very knowledgeable in some areas; need teachers of English, Hebrew, Jewish studies, preferably French speakers; Jewish materials in French; advice on building mikveh (ritual bath) (www.kulanu.org/cameroon)

  • Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia (Spanish): Javurá Nahariya is an emerging Conservative community formed over the last few years. The community has 50 members, including many children. They would appreciate any basic Hebrew reading classes, as well as classes on any Jewish topics. (www.kulanu.org/colombia)

  • Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia (Spanish): Javura Shirat Hayyam is an emerging Conservative community formed since 2010. The community has 40 members, including many children, and a newly constructed Hebrew School classroom. They are in need of volunteers who can teach basic Hebrew (mainly reading), the weekly Parshah, and other Judaism classes on the Mishnah, etc. (www.kulanu.org/colombia)

  • Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast (French, English): the Beith Israel community of about 40 men and women has been embracing Judaism for 10 years; need teachers of Hebrew and Jewish studies; there are also the Etz Chaim community, a nearby Kabbalah center, and the Danites, an ethnic group of around 2 million, some of whom claim descent from the Tribe of Dan and are interested in learning more about Judaism (www.kulanu.org/ivorycoast)

  • Quito, Ecuador (Spanish): capital of Ecuador, this 70+ person Sephardic Orthodox community in Quito houses several anousim (descendants from Spanish Inquisition) as well as many other Ecuadorians in the process of conversion; observant of Sephardic customs, shomer Shabbat/kashrut. Needs on-site volunteers, minimum one week, for liturgy, modern and biblical Hebrew, and Tanach teachers to help with children's religious school and/or adult classes; Spanish-speaking volunteers preferred. (www.kulanu.org/ecuador or kulanu.org/anousim)

  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English & Amharic): low income area of large city; formerly hidden Jews now going public; they seek Hebrew teachers, and guides who can help the community to incorporate their long-standing traditions with their new learning; and, skills-training in cloth preparation and sewing and other income-generating activities to support the community's economic sustainability (www.kulanu.org/ethiopia)

  • Gabon: two communities, Oyem and Bitam; emerging and currently learning from Serge Etele, leader of the Beth Yeshourun Jewish community in Cameroon; want to learn more about Judaism (www.kulanu.org/gabon)

  • Sewfi Wiawso, Ghana (English): rural community of 100 devout and observant Jews; need teachers of Hebrew and Jewish studies for children and adults; teacher of computer skills, financial reporting and guest house planning, management, and marketing (www.kulanu.org/ghana)

  • Guatemala City, Guatemala (Spanish): capital of Guatemala; the Asociación Judía Reformista de Guatemala Adat Israel is a community of about 25 members, in existence since 2011. They need on-site volunteers for Hebrew reading and writing training and continued Jewish education for the community; Spanish-speaking volunteers preferred (www.kulanu.org/guatemala)

  • Andhra Pradesh, India (English & Telugu): a small rural village called Kothareddypalem with about 40 Jewish families living in mixed community with Christians and Hindus; community called Bene Ephraim; need teachers of Hebrew and Jewish studies (www.kulanu.org/india)

  • Kasuku-Ol Kalau, Kenya: growing, dedicated community of 66 members in a rustic part of the country; practicing Judaism for 20 years; need teachers of Hebrew and Jewish studies for children and adults (www.kulanu.org/kenya)

  • Mexicali, Mexico (Spanish & English): northernmost city in Latin America, two hours east of San Diego, with population of over 600,000. Jewish community made up of 40+ individuals, many of whom are anousim (descendants of Crypto Jews) who have formally converted; others are on road to conversion; community is inclusive, welcoming Jews of all denominations and backgrounds who are seeking their place in Judaism; need teachers of Hebrew and Jewish studies for adults and children and educational materials for youth in Spanish to advance their Jewish studies. Spanish-speaking volunteers preferred. (www.kulanu.org/mexico)

  • Huanuco, Peru (Spanish): small rural city of 70,000, 10 hours from Lima by bus. This is a community of 40+ people, most of whom have converted over the last decade. They could use help with: cantors for the high holidays and teachers of Hebrew and other continuing religious study classes; Spanish-speaking volunteers preferred. (www.kulanu.org/peru)

  • Abayudaya, Mbale, Uganda (English): thriving Jewish spiritual community of seven villages near Mbale; much poverty; need teachers of any subjects from elementary to high school; accounting, bookkeeping, other skills; lots of possibilities here (www.kulanu.org/abayudaya)

  • Harare, Zimbabwe (English): capital city. Synagogue with live-in guest house; teach Hebrew, liturgy and/or Jewish studies; also need an experienced mohel to mentor local mohelim in modern practices (www.kulanu.org/lemba)

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