Tonight marks the beginning of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s version of July 4th, which celebrates the country’s declaration of independence in 1948.

Repair the World partners with eight excellent organizations doing diverse, cutting-edge tikkun olam work in Israel. So in honor of the country’s birthday, we thought we’d take the opportunity to give those orgs the shout out they deserve! Check them out below:

  • B’tzedek Life: This organization’s mission is to develop leadership for social change and social justice amongst youth and young adults in Israel and Jewish communities internationally. B’tzedek means “in justice,” and it lives up to its name by providing service learning programs and the nine-month LIFE leadership development program in Israel and India for college grads. Find out more here and apply for the LIFE program here. (The 2012 deadline is July, 31.)
  • BINA: Love Tel Aviv, coexistence work, and social justice? Check out BINA’s Neighborhood project which places young people in struggling neighborhoods near Tel Aviv where they live, volunteer, and study together. Read an interview with a former participant here, and apply for BINA’s programs here.
  • Livnot U’Lehibanot: “To build and be built” is the motto of this long-standing Israeli organization. (They’ve been around since 1980!) Join them in Tzfat for a four-week Galilee Fellowship for meaningful volunteering, hiking, learning through nature, and spirituality workshops. They also offer several other volunteer programs. Check them out and apply here.
  • Ma’ase Olam: Be a part of the social revolution in Israel! This organization promotes the value of volunteering, and their 10-month service learning program places participants from Israel and the Diaspora in communities in the social periphery of Israel for meaningful service opportunities. Learn more about their programs here and apply here.
  • NISPED: The Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development, is a non-profit association which promotes peace and development, focusing on the centrality of the civil society. Their service-learning program brings together Arab-Bedouins and Jewish young-adult volunteers from around the world, offering participants the chance to live and volunteer in the Bedouin city of Rahat, while integrating actively in the community’s daily life and culture. Learn more here.
  • Otzma: This organization offers a 10-month program for Jewish adults ages 20-26 to live and volunteer in Israel in a variety of settings. Participants work in 3-4 different communities throughout the program. Apply here for the 2012-2013 season, which begins in August.
  • Tevel B’Tzedek: This Israel-based non-profit’s name translates to “The Earth, In Justice,” and they live that value by promoting social and environmental justice. Their mission is to create a community of Israeli and Diaspora Jews engaging in the urgent issues of global poverty, marginalization and environmental devastation through long-term service programs in India and Haiti. Find out more here and apply to join their program here.
  • Yahel: The word means “illuminate” in Hebrew, and this organization does just that. Participants join a 9-month service learning program that works with the Ethiopian community in Gedera, south of Tel Aviv. The program combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and cultural immersion. Find out more here and apply here (The 2012 deadline is May 25.)


How are you celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut? Let us know in the comments below, or by tweeting @repairtheworld.