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Aril Glikman


Ari Glikman is getting ready to leave for Israel soon where, among other things, he plans to volunteer with Magen David Adom (MDA). Glikman has no medical-related career path in mind. For him, volunteering for MDA is all about helping out and saving lives.
“Israel is actually the only place in the whole world that has this sort of program, where you can be a volunteer medic,” said Glikman. “My friend told me, who did it this past summer, that she met people from all over the world who weren’t necessarily Jewish. They came to Israel to volunteer for MDA, because this was the only opportunity they had to do something like this.”

Glikman was born in Argentina and moved with his family to Winnipeg in the early 2000s. He studied at Gray Academy of Jewish Education and is now studying physics and computer science at the University of Manitoba (U of M).
After spending part of last summer in Israel, Glikman cannot wait to go back. He will pause his U of M studies and leave for Israel in January, where he’ll spend one semester at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
“I’m looking to study a lot about history, the Middle Eastern conflict, and issues in Israeli society,” said Glikman. “I want to study something that I can’t study here, learning about Israel from Israelis in Israel.”
After studying at HU, Glikman plans to volunteer with MDA. For several years in Winnipeg, he has already been volunteering with the local chapter of Canadian Magen David Adom (CMDA), alongside his father, Daniel, helping to call donors during the annual telethons in November.

“Both my parents really volunteer quite a bit,” said Glikman. “I have a brother too, and my parents try to get us both to help out in the general and Jewish community as much as we can in any way, especially by volunteering with our time.
“So, that’s something that I like to do and it’s especially nice when I get to do it for a cause I feel strongly about, like MDA, and to be able to volunteer with my dad is a neat experience as well.”
Although phoning people and asking for money is not something Glikman is very comfortable with, he said, “I think it’s good to put yourself in uncomfortable situations. And, asking people for money is definitely something most people find uncomfortable.
“It really teaches you a lot. You grow a lot and you also learn that people are often a lot more generous than you might think they would be. You might assume that everyone’s going to reject you right away, and some do. But, even if people do say no a lot of the time, they will still be willing to have a conversation with you. And, they appreciate the time and effort you’re putting into it. It’s good to be able to talk to people, and it’s a cool way to make connections.”

When Glikman will be volunteering for MDA in Israel, he is looking forward to seeing the fruits of his CMDA Winnipeg volunteering – something not many get the opportunity to do. He may even get to volunteer in an ambulance in Israel that had been donated via Winnipeg.
“This is what I am asking people about when I make calls during the telethon, for them to put their faith and dollars into...and, I will get to see the product of that first-hand...I think that’s an extra beneficial experience. It’s really cool for me to see both sides of it. We ask for people’s generosity as we give generously of our time by volunteering to call them. In Israel, I will be volunteering to help to save lives. It’s really cool to be able to help out in both ways.”

Once Glikman has finished his MDA volunteering, he hopes to choose a kibbutz upon which to volunteer. Making Aliya one day is something Glikman is seriously considering doing, but, first, he plans to return to Winnipeg to complete his degree at the U of M.
“There are always so many good charities and non-profits that really do a lot of good work, so it’s hard to choose,” said Glikman. “But, MDA tries to do a really basic thing that touches everyone – save lives. And I think, regardless of what side of a conflict you are on or where someone was born, that’s something I really value.”

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