Learn about volunteering on Israeli army base

On Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m., Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown will present “Looking for an Adventure? Now is the Time!” — a program about  volunteering on an Israeli army base.

A talk and short film will be given by Rita L. Frost, a founding  member of the Connecticut Chapter of Volunteers for Israel (VFI), and Newtown resident who has just returned from volunteering on her fourth Israeli Defense Force base.

“This is one of the best ways to see Israel while doing a good deed,” Frost said. “While having fun and adventure, you will be making a personal difference by freeing up reservists from doing mundane work like working in a garden, hospital, painting or general work on a non-active base. Volunteers come from all over the world, Christian and Jew alike.”

Personal accounts

Frost will discuss the program and her personal experiences, including the opportunity for tours of the country. Her group consisted of three people from France, two people from Canada, four people from England, one person from Scotland and several Americans. Five of the 15 volunteers were Christian. The volunteers pay only an application fee, airfare and any weekend expenses for when they are off base.

“Our group’s average age was mid 50s, but we also had one 79 and one 82-year-old,” Frost said of her latest experience.

There are also student summer programs for individuals ages l7-25.

The talk is open to all and refreshments will be served. For further information about the volunteer program, call Rita Frost at 203-426-8787 or contact Volunteers for Israel at 866-514-1948 or VFI-USA.org.