Mansbach Bringing Change to Community

This post originally appeared on The Atlanta Jewish Times on March 2, 2017

By Michael Jacobs

Jodi Lox Mansbach’s priority in her new job as the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s chief impact officer isn’t to develop measures of the effectiveness of Federation’s programs, but to figure out what the Jewish community needs.

From there, she can help figure out how Federation and its partner agencies can meet those needs to have the greatest impact.

“It’s really putting the community first,” said Mansbach, who started Feb. 22 at Federation in a new role that enables her to provide leadership and strategic vision for the organization.

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Repair the World Miami to launch this summer

This post originally appeared in The Florida Jewish Journal on February 6, 2017

By Sergio Carmona

The national organization Repair the World recently formed a partnership with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation to launch Repair the World Miami in summer 2017.

Repair the World is an organization devoted exclusively to engaging Jewish young adults in service. Repair the World Miami will join its sister Repair the World Communities programs in Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York City in bringing a combination of peer-to-peer engagement, educational programs and community-based service opportunities to thousands of young Jewish adults and their friends.

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In Tense Political Climate, Young Jews Turn To Volunteering

This post originally appeared in The Jerusalem Post on February 3, 2017

By Danielle Ziri

As protests against President Donald Trump’s travel ban take place across the United States, some young American Jews have decided to volunteer to help marginalized communities.

One of the organizations that allows them to do so is Repair the World.

Founded in 2009 with the goal to “make meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life,” the NGO aims to engage Jewish young adults with the communities around them.

The group operates across the United States, with a focus on programing in six cities: Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In each city, Repair the World partners with local NGOs and allows members to volunteer in their communities.

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From Dialogue Comes Understanding: MLK Shabbat

This post originally appeared on The Schusterman Blog on January 31, 2017

By Jason Crain

This story comes to us from TableMakers, a Schusterman initiative that helps REALITY alumni to create and host dynamic Shabbat experiences for their peers. The experience described below was organized by Jason Crain, a Technical Product Manager and Entrepreneur in Residence at Amazon.com in Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Morehouse College, and hails from Kansas City, Mo. Here, Jason shares his thoughts from our MLK Day Shabbat dinner hosted in partnership with Repair the World. The dinner was part of Repair’s Turn the Tables dinner series and an extension of their #ActNowForRacialJustice campaign.

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What We Stand For at Repair the World

This post originally appeared in The Forward on January 19, 2017

By Liz Fisher, COO Repair the World

I haven’t (yet) seen Hamilton. Like many, I’ve heard the soundtrack and recently was reminded of a lyric from the show: “If you stand for nothing, Burr, what will you fall for?” “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Turns out, that quote likely didn’t originate with Alexander Hamilton. Whomever said it first, it echoes in my head as we move towards inauguration day and a new administration.

At Repair the World, we recognize that dissent and debate leshem shamayim (for the sake of heaven) are inherently Jewish and American values. We honor the rights of individuals and organizations to disagree, to express their opinions and perspectives in non-violent ways, and to engage in action to improve our communities and nation.

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Baking for Social Change in Philadelphia

This post originally appeared on The Schusterman Blog on January 19, 2017

By Zoe Braunstein

Zoe Braunstein is doing a year of service as a Food Justice Fellow in Philadelphia with Repair the World. In her partnership with Challah for Hunger, she leads challah bakes and educational programming around issues of hunger and food access with the Social Change Bakery pilot project.

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Communal Orgs Gearing Up For Obamacare Fight

This post originally appeared in The New York Jewish Week on January 18, 2017

By Amy Sara Clark

As the Republican-controlled Congress gears up to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office releases an estimate that doing so could cost 32 million people their health insurance, local Jewish groups are scrambling to figure out how to blunt the effects of an impending implosion of Obamacare.

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