Many young Jews feel increasingly disconnected from Jewish life, the State of Israel, or the broader Jewish people. Millennials have shown more interest than previous generations in living lives defined by meaning-seeking connections, giving to others, and orienting themselves around a larger purpose. Shalom Corps’ mission is to empower a global Jewish volunteer network involved in meaningful and significant volunteerism that engages participants in Jewish service-learning experiences. We believe that authentic, needs-driven service can have a transformative impact on vulnerable populations around the world, and on young Jews looking to make a difference.
Shalom Corps Ltd. is a non-profit organization established by Mosaic United (a collaborative program of the Government of Israel and the Ministry of the Diaspora) and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Shalom Corps is accepting proposals for its Heritage Community Impact Initiative.
This initiative aims to connect young Jews to their heritage, to themselves and one another, while strengthening their Jewish identity through meaningful and responsible volunteering by joint activity in the area of historic heritage sites of Jewish communities around Europe.
This program will bring together Jews from around the world, empowering them as volunteers to make a meaningful impact on heritage sites and in Jewish communities around Europe.
Working hand-in-hand, they will preserve sites of importance to Jewish civilization, restoring them with the dignity they deserve. In doing so, they will experience and build a connection to their own heritage, their contemporary identity, their collective story, and to one another.
To connect young Jews from Israel and the Diaspora to their heritage and to one another through immersive volunteer experiences restoring heritage sites throughout Europe, experiencing the culture, and meeting young local residence.
Preserving our Heritage:
This initiative will bring together young Israeli and Diaspora Jews, empowering them as volunteers to make a meaningful impact on heritage sites and in Jewish communities in throughout Europe.
Working together, they will preserve sites of importance to Jewish culture, restoring them with the dignity they deserve. In doing so, they will experience and build a connection to their own heritage, their contemporary identity, their collective story, and to one another.
Bringing Pride to Small Communities:
The initiative will also make a concrete contribution to small communities all over Europe today. Many of the sites will be in small, aging communities. The encounter with these communities will be powerful for both the volunteers and the residents.
Preserving these sites and monuments will send an important message to the communities that they are essential, will not be forgotten, and that we take responsibility for one another.
- Scope of the Initiative
The Local Heritage Impact Initiative will mobilize Jewish volunteers working on local Heritage projects in communities around Europe.
Shalom Corps will select implementing organizations. The implementing organizations that will be chosen by Shalom Corps will mobilize a minimum of 20 (maximum 30) volunteers per mission, ages 18-40 for a minimum of 7 consecutive days (up to 10 days).
The implementing organizations will recruit and coordinate the volunteers and work closely with relevant local partners to ensure real needs are being met and best practices are being maintained. In addition, volunteers will be exposed to Jewish service-learning experiences as part of an ongoing package of training and knowledge sharing (at least 8 hours of Jewish service learning)
Shalom Corps will be running a marketing campaign throughout the initiative (until December 31st, 2021) to promote all project proposals and volunteer organizations. By submitting proposals, applicants agree to participate in the campaign and to provide any material useful to the publications of the project, including without limitation with photographs, brochures, newsletters, etc. developed during the life cycle of the Project.
- Requirements for eligible implementing organizations:
- Connection to the local community where they want to operate.
- Will run for a minimum of 7 days (up to 10 days)
- Proven experience in the field of heritage volunteering (recommended).
- Intention to include Jewish Service Learning as an integral part of the program. The details, format and content of the program need to be shared with Shalom Corps to ensure that they meet our standards. (at least 8 hours during the duration of the trip)
- Present an understanding of expected costs for implementation.
- Ability to provide the needed logistical equipment for the project locally.
- The applicant is a duly registered organization in its country of origin
- The applicant must have at least two years of demonstrated experience in (a) volunteer or community development activities, and/or (b) activities in the field of Jewish education or Israel engagement.
- Preference for applicants with proven and extensive volunteer infrastructure and access to recruits, particularly in the cities where the projects will be implemented.
- Preference for applicants with partner relationships that can collaborate on project implementation.
- Responsibilities for eligible implementing organizations:
- Volunteer recruitment
- Appropriate insurance and security arrangements for volunteers.
- Prior to the project it self- meeting with volunteers to discuss the activity and learning about the local community where they will volunteer (25 hours of volunteering during the duration of the trip)
- A minimum of 3 hours activity about Shabbat- Shabbat will not be a regular day of volunteer activity. Rather, shabbat will be observed in a manner suitable for all volunteers and in line with the organization's ideology (Up to 6 of the 8 hours of learning mentioned in 2.4 may take place on shabbat).
- Activity with a connection to the local community (minimum of 4 hours).
- Implementing organizations will receive a package of support as follows:
- Jewish service-learning trainings and tools, focused on sharing best practices and building skills and capacities for educating staff, volunteer coordinators and volunteers.
- Funding and Budget:
- Implementing organizations will receive a package of support as follows:
- Funding of $ 7,000 for the implementation of the project, for a minimum of 20 volunteers and a minimum of 7 days.
- Funding will cover costs associated with volunteer equipment needed for the activities on location, public transportation, accommodation, staff, administration, marketing, recruitment, and coordination of the initiative, other directly related expenses, insurances, safety and security measures and volunteer training.
- Participating in a marketing campaign funded and implemented by Shalom Corps.
- Jewish service-learning trainings and tools, focused on sharing best practices and building skills and capacities for educating staff, volunteer coordinators and volunteers
- How to Apply
- Proposals should be submitted using the online form on Shalom Corps’ website (www.shalomcorps.org )
- Proposals for implementing organizations will be submitted online, by 18.4.2021.
- General Guidelines and Reporting:
- This Request for Proposals does not constitute a tender, and accordingly the relevant tender laws shall not apply to it.
- Shalom Corps may decide to accept one or more proposals and may decide not to accept any proposal and cancel this request.
- Any proposals submitted will not bind Shalom Corps as long as no legal contract was signed between the parties.
- An organization whose proposal will be accepted as an implementor will be required to sign a legal contract with Shalom Corps.
- Submission of an application shall not obligate the Company to enter a commitment or sign an agreement with the applicant. By submitting a proposal, the applicant declares that they are aware that Shalom Corps reserves the right to not implement the Heritage Community Impact Initiative and/or to reply to only some of the applicants and/or others – at the discretion of Shalom Corps.
- Applications may be submitted for a joint proposal by several parties, corporations, or organizations if all of the eligibility requirements detailed above are met by at least one of the parties and that the applicant parties shall submit, in addition to the application, a signed contract between them regulating the operation of the program by them in the aforementioned collaboration.
- The applicant undertakes to ensure that all the documents, data and programs submitted as part of this proposal shall be original and that no violation of the intellectual property rights of any third party whatsoever shall occur.
- Shalom Corps reserves the right to update the requirements set forth in this proposal as needed, subject solely to the issuer's discretion.
Unless Shalom Corps agrees or request otherwise, the applicant whose proposal will be accepted, will take all necessary steps to publicize the fact that Shalom Corps has co-financed the implementing of the volunteering project in any manner Shalom Corps will instruct, including, without limitation, on its website.
- Liability Under no circumstances shall Shalom Corps, have any liability for any claims, losses, damages, attorneys fees, or otherwise (collectively, "Losses") to applicant, its directors, volunteers, employees, members or agents, or to any third party, with respect to the implementing of the project, including without limitation as a result of any Losses relating to the volunteering activities.