Tevel is an Israeli NGO that aims to create Israeli and Jewish leadership passionately engaged in Tikkun Olam—fixing the world—locally and globally. Hailing from Israel and Jewish communities worldwide, our volunteers work with impoverished communities in Nepal and Burundi, to enhance and advance the livelihood, capacity, and well-being of their members.Our unique community development model, led by a highly professional local staff, ensures sustainability and long lasting impact. Our non-denominational service learning programs ground our work in the Jewish tradition, providing our volunteers with context and moral stamina.
Tevel has two goals:
-Creating Israeli and Jewish leadership passionately involved in tikkun olam (repairing the world) locally and globally.
-Working together with impoverished communities to enhance their livelihood, capacity, and well-being.
We want to learn from those whom we also want to help. Therefore our projects are led by local staff and community leaders, enhanced and enriched by the work of our volunteers. We believe that changing the world means changing our own society and the ways in which we live and think, as much as helping impoverished people in developing countries. We believe that quick-fixes just don’t work in the developing world. Therefore we use a long-term intervention method that looks at a community as a whole, and addresses issues such as education, agriculture, health and women’s empowerment in a holistic way. We believe that It is the Jewish people’s right and duty to participate in creating a new vision for rebuilding the world, by means of thought, words, and action; for the purpose of shaping a better, more just future for all of humanity. Our Jewish heritage contains much wisdom which can elucidate crucial issues and guide us towards the path of “Tikun Olam”. Cooperation between Israeli and Diaspora Jews in attaining social and environmental justice in the third world will reawaken Jewish identity, strengthen Israel, and benefit impoverished communities.