What do we need to repair the world?


Ok, so maybe that’s the worst pickup line you’ve ever heard, but we’re serious. If you volunteered one hour a week to improve one issue you cared about, those hours would add up. Now, think if a friend joined you – your impact would double. But what if we said you actually had hundreds of friends?

At Repair the World, we aim to mobilize thousands of young Jewish adults who want to help improve lives and neighborhoods right now. Not after they get their dream job, not after they have kids. They want to make giving back part of who they are.

You might be asking yourself why we are so ambitious in our name. ‘Repair the World’ is an English translation of the Hebrew phrase, tikkun olam, which some say is the very foundation of Jewish tradition: the responsibility we have to transform and – you got it – ‘repair the world’ around us.

Here’s the thing: we know we don’t have all the answers ourselves. Each issue and community is unique so we ensure our volunteers do their homework before they take action. We know we’re not experts in every community. Instead, we connect our volunteers to top community partners, who know their stuff through and through. Lastly, we know we can’t do it alone. We connect our volunteers to each other, providing space and a forum to reflect on service and how it relates to Jewish identity. We’ll also try to provide pizza.

We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel. We just want to help it turn faster.

Did we mention we’re doing this across the country? Through Repair the World Communities and Repair Networks, we’ll be engaging Jewish young adults in building stronger and more resilient communities!

Maybe you don’t know what you’re majoring in yet, how you’re going to get out of your boring desk job, or what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. It’s cool – volunteering actually helps with that. By helping transform your community, you’ll transform as well.

So let’s get that wheel turning – grab a friend and join us now.