The Shachar community was established five years ago by a small group of adults who participated in the pre-army preparatory program, Rabin, based in Oranim College in the north of Israel.
The community established itself in Yokneam, a city in the hilly region of northern Israel's lower Galilee, out of a desire to enhance the social and educational frameworks for the local residents. The community is made up of 12 members between the ages of 20-30 who meet bi-weekly, learn and celebrate festivals, 'shabath' and life cycle events together. Three years ago they established Shacharut, a non-governmental organization that works on behalf of the community by offering assistance and guidance in the areas of education, touring, volunteering and social involvement.
Today, Shachar operates eight programs in different areas: programs with youth at-risk; a program in school that integrates formal and informal education; a nursery; national service for youngsters who were not mobilized to the army due to psychological problems; town events for festivals; learning groups and publishing. The NGO touches the lives of 500 participants on a weekly basis with programs that are run by 15 workers and 50 volunteers - students and residents.
The community members are also leaders in Jewish renewal to help bring about a more pluralistic and liberal Jewish culture. They offer a variety of programs in this area including a beit midrash (Torah learning center) where religious and secular Jews learn together.
Who are we looking for?
Shachar seeks members who desire to stay in Israel for the long-term and who want to volunteer in the community. They should be people who prefer quiet living not in the big city as Yokneam is a quieter place, ideal for singles or couples.