For nearly twenty-five years, Kedma has ensured that giving back is an important part of the gap-year experience. Kedma was established in September 1996 as a vehicle through which gap-year students experience Israel by volunteering. During those early years, Kedma students engaged with non-profits in Jerusalem and ran Shabbatonim in Ethiopian communities and development towns throughout Israel. Kedma also partnered with the Gift of Life and ran bone marrow drives in seminaries and yeshivot, which directly helped save lives. Kedma remained a part of its students’ lives as they left Israel for college campuses and continued to be involved in the organization. Kedma is entering its twenty-fifth year, and continues to be committed to working with gap-year students, even as it expands its platform to work with volunteers on an international level.
Orit Barnea-Seif, Kedma’s Director, was a panelist on Nefesh B’Nefesh’s webinar on “Pivot Your Business Now,” where she discussed Kedma’s expanded platform and the new programs that Kedma has started in response to the Coronavirus. Orit’s interview starts at 35 minutes.