Israel Connect was founded in 2011 with the name Connecting Miles of Smiles (CMOS). After three years of existence and spreading to four cities across North America, the organization’s name was changed in 2014 to Israel connect, cementing a better understanding of it’s purpose.

Israel Connect has a three-tiered goal that is achieved through connecting the more experienced adults to the younger generation.

  • Israel Connect assists the youth in personal mentorship and academic growth.
  • Israel Connect enhances the lives of local residents, by connecting them to someone for a weekly visit that brings warmth and a sense of caring.
  • Israel Connect connects all parties involved to our deep Jewish heritage through learning, bringing smiles, laughter and joy to all those involved.


IsraelConnect is easy

  • No special technical skills needed
  • No teaching experience required
  • 15 minute weekly morning sessions
  • Can be done from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Curriculum supplied in advance
  • Substitute mentor available if necessary, due to travel or other commitments

    Studies have shown that language immersion is the best way to learn a new language. Although English immersion may seem difficult to find in Israel, in the digital age these barriers fall away, allowing for students to experience true immersion.

    Each Israel Connect volunteer is matched with one student in Israel. Due to the seven-hour time difference the sessions take place in the North American morning while the students are finishing their school day. Every set of partners is given a consistent time and date on which they connect weekly, between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM EST.

    The ideal volunteer is generally a retired or semi-retired individual, with 15 minutes to spare in the morning. Israel Connect provides exhaustive technical support and training in the use of the simple video chat software for those in need. Anyone with a good spoken English and Internet access can share a passion for learning. An Israel Connect coordinator will ensure all technical requirements are prepared before the first meeting and facilitate all subsequent sessions, no special technical skills required.

    In addition to the growing group of committed volunteers of all ages, Israel Connect also reaches out to senior centers and nursing homes, allowing seniors this wonderful interaction. Through technical training, Israel Connect allows even those who are less mobile to connect weekly with a student, enhancing their life with a fun visit. It has been proven time and time again that consistent human interactions can greatly impact the quality of life of the aged, and those who interact with seniors are in the position to accomplish a tremendous amount. While at the same time as giving the seniors good company, the students are encouraged to speak and improve their English skills. A real win-win situation!

    To volunteer, please email [email protected] or click here to access our online volunteer form.