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Seeing a Place I Know, with Fresh Eyes

August 9, 2019

Recently our HRIS Analyst Tali Elisha (fifth from left) traveled to Israel as part of our professional exchange with Israel Elwyn, funded by the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation.  Joining her on the trip was Souleymane Fall from our employer services team (third from left).   Tali reflects on a journey she’s made before, but this time with a new perspective.  You can read Souley’s reflections on the trip here

Where to begin…I have been to Israel many times over the years but this trip by far had the most impact on me. I was able to see a side of Israel that I never knew existed. I am so grateful to the staff at Israel Elwyn who showed us the amazing work they do supporting those living with disabilities in Israel.

In addition to meeting Elwyn staff, hearing about their experiences and what brought them to the helping field, Souleymane and I also got to meet some of the participants who are living their best lives with the help of Elwyn Israel. Seeing the pride on these participants’ faces when they talk about their day to day lives and their jobs, that Elwyn has assisted them in finding, gives new meaning to their lives. I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to learn from these inspiring individuals.

One of the more impactful moments of the trip was attending the final ceremony for those who were finishing their National Service in a program call Mosaic. These men and women were excused from the mandatory military service that all Israeli citizens between the ages of 18 to 21 are required to fulfill. Instead of choosing to do nothing, these participants chose to volunteer in other capacities, so that they too, feel they are also giving back to the country that has provided so much for them.

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