NEW YORK, June 30 – Repair the World announced today that Elizabeth “Liz” Fisher, former Managing Director of Birthright NEXT, will become the Jewish service organization’s Chief Operating Officer on August 17th.
The new COO position will oversee all non-program departments at Repair the World including Development, Finance and Operations, and Marketing and Communications.
“With Liz as COO, Repair is poised for sustainable growth and scale,” said David Eisner, President and CEO of Repair the World. “Liz is an entrepreneurial, energetic and accomplished non-profit leader who has helped organizations achieve growth and success.  Her deep fundraising expertise, her history of managing multiple divisions simultaneously, and her knack for engaging Jewish young adults, Repair’s core audience, all speak to why we’re thrilled to recruit her as a leader on the Repair the World team.”

“I’m excited by the team, the programs and the mission of Repair the World,” said Liz Fisher. “I’ve seen the need in our communities for Repair the World’s cutting edge integration of meaningful service with young Jewish adult engagement; this is the right place for the Jewish community to be focused and Repair the World is poised for success.”
During her three years at NEXT, Liz spoke across the country about young adult engagement and managing millennial employees.  Prior to that, she served as Director of Development and Institutional advancement at the Jewish Education Project and in multiple professional capacities at UJA-Federation of NY. Liz received her Masters in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis, concentrating in Community Development and Management.  Liz is currently a Schusterman Fellow in the inaugural class of that leadership development program.
The program department will continue to be overseen by Mordy Walfish, VP for Programs. Ilana Aisen, Executive Vice President, who most recently oversaw Development and Communications, will depart Repair the World at the end of July in order to move with her family back to Toronto, where she grew up.  Ilana, who served with Repair the World for six years, has been appointed Director of the Centre for Jewish Identity at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
“We at Repair are grateful for the outsized contributions Ilana has made in her six years growing our organization and our field, we wish her and her family well in their move, and we know she will be wildly successful in her next role,” said Eisner.


About Repair the World

Repair the World works to inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need. We engage Jewish young adults through national campaigns and through efforts on the grassroots, community level. Both nationally and in select local areas, including Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn NYC, Repair the World works to make service a defining part of Jewish life by mobilizing young adults to volunteer and to make change in communities. For more information, visit
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June 2015 Social Good Roundup!

In addition to our monthly Newsletter, we are also bringing you a monthly round-up of our favorite programs from our partners and from across the web. The opportunities below are separated by long term (6+ months), short term (6 months or less) and ongoing service, social good, and travel opportunities.

Be sure to check back monthly for updates and new finds!

Commit…To Service!     (Long-Term Programs)

You Want To Go To There.      (Short-Term and Travel Opportunities)

Be Social. Do Good.    (Social Good Jobs, Events and Campaigns)

This Week in Links: 6.22.15

Welcome to This Week In Links. This series is a place for us to share articles that our fellows and staff are reading to deepen their understanding of the context of their work. By linking to these stories, we are not necessarily endorsing the positions, but sharing interesting material for discussion and reflection. We invite you to share, comment, and discuss these stories, and also to share your top links from the past week!

A Southwest Philadelphia school that runs on fumes

In-Between “Racialized” Category of European-Heritage Jews

I Have Questions About That White Lady Who Maybe Pretended to Be Black

NEWS: Info on New Orleans Graduation Rates Pre-Katrina

Making Sense Of Rachel Dolezal, The Alleged White Woman Who Passed As Black

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

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A Prayer for Charleston

This post was first published on TheTisch: Rabbi Menachem Creditor’s Blog

Rebuilding Your Home: A Prayer for Charleston
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Dear God,

A church was built
by former slaves
who would have revolted
hundreds of years ago today,
their liberation thwarted
by those with power.

Today bullets tore through
Your House, Your Images,
ravaging the nobility
of lives reclaimed.

Violence is not Your Way, Dear God.
And one of Your Servants,
nine of Your Images
are needlessly gone.

In anguish,
we protest in Your Holy Name,
remembering the command to choose life
is not a given in Your broken world
but rather a demand
upon us all.

Today we cry again
for “Mother Emanuel,”
one of Your many homes
in Charleston.

Tonight we sing louder than weapons:
Those who sow in tears,
will reap, will reap in joy.

God, give us the endurance
to end the insanity
ripping through thousands of bodies
and millions of souls.

May we merit to see You
in each other’s eyes
and sanctify Your Name
by standing together
by rising up again,
this time rebuilding Your Home
by saving each other’s.



Read more from Rabbi Menachem Creditor.

This Week in Links: 6.15.15

Why don’t voters demand more redistribution?

I was a liberal adjunct professor. My liberal students didn’t scare me at all.

Why So Few of New York’s Bravest Are Black

The Anti-Poverty Experiment

A Practical Vision of a More Equal Society

The FCC Should Help the Poor Get Online

Black Dads are Doing Best of All

Report: Pa. gets a ‘D’ for school funding distribution

Study: Kids can learn as much from ‘Sesame Street’ as from preschool

Race, the Supreme Court, and the McKinney Pool

The High-Stakes Pipeline

Why America Should Stop Building Youth Jails

PA: Teaching and The Big Bucks

The Scholastic Consequences of Chicago’s Lead Paint Problem

A New Grocery Store Debuts a Smart Model to Combat Food Insecurity

Young Black High School Grads Face Astonishing Underemployment

Who Gets To Hang Out At The Pool?

Where There’s Still a Middle Class

Visualizing The Racial Divide

Here’s What People Are Saying About The McKinney, Texas, Pool Party Video

How Poverty Alters the Young Brain

The Power of Landlords

Inequality of opportunity: Useful policy construct or will o’ the wisp?

Pa. Senate panel passes school improvement bill

The only good news about the McKinney pool party is the white kids’ response to racism

What Will It Take to Keep Rental Housing Affordable in NYC?

Long Commutes Are Awful, Especially for the Poor

Designing Better Public Spaces Could Reverse Troubling Social Trend

The Myth of a White Minority

Inequality of Opportunity: Another View

A Path to Debt-Free

Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans

Why don’t democracies take from the rich and give to the poor?

The Origins of the Phrase ‘Black-on-Black Crime’

What Makes Someone Identify As Multiracial?

The False Promise of Black Political Representation

How the ‘Black Tax’ Destroyed African-American Homeownership in Chicago

The Case for Raising Housing Vouchers for Higher Rent Neighborhoods

My school district fired me after I gave a free meal to a student who couldn’t pay

A New Game Examines Why, Exactly, The Rent is So Damn High

Let Rich and Poor Learn Together
KaBOOM!’s Map of Play

State of Black America Report

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Condition of Education Spotlights Difference in Attainment by Socioeconomic Class

NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal Posed as Black, Parents Say

Asking the Kids to Clean their Parents’ Mess

Inequality Matters

Check Out The (Brand New) Repair the World Workshop!

It is an exciting moment in Repair the World’s world. Last week we launched our NYC Communities program in Brooklyn.

In addition to gearing up for the nine full-time fellows who will join the Repair the World team this fall (serving on the education and food justice fronts in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights community), we *also* officially unveiled the Repair the World Workshop – an 1800 square-foot storefront that will serve as a hub for volunteering, social justice, and building bridges with neighborhood residents.

The space has already housed some great pilot programming, from our Cocktails with a Conscience happy hour series, to social justice themed Shabbat dinners in partnership with One Table, and educational events in partnership with community organizations. Going forward, it will be the home base for the fellows, of course, but will also be open to our partners and neighbors as a place to work, meet, host events, and network. After all, one of our main goals is to identify partners in the community who utilize volunteers to meet pressing local needs. What better way to do that then to give folks a place to meet, strategize together, and begin to build relationships?

As a wise man once said (or rather, as Kevin Costner once heard while standing in a corn field) “If you build it, [they] will come.” Well, we’ve built it. So if you’re in Brooklyn, come on down, pop in, and say hi! You might just change the world.

And if you want to join in the fun (and the movement), we are still accepting applications for fall NYC community fellows. Click here to learn more and apply.

This Week in Links 6.8.15

When a School Board Victimizes Kids

Minneapolis Has Major Racial Disparities in Its Policing

Income inequality reflected in mental health statistics, according to new study

Tolerance and Intolerance in the City

Economists have figured out who’s really to blame for exploding income inequality

Can the “whitest city in America” deliver green living for all?

Fighting Facebook’s Armchair Rabbis

You Draw It: How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances

Racial Diversity Grows On Network Television, But Will Quality Lag Behind?

The Education Assassins

‘Ordinary People’ Ignorant About Inequality? Perhaps Not So Much

Redlining: Still a thing

Why is it OK to defame teachers?

Half of All American Families Are Staring at Financial Catastrophe

What we don’t know about 380 Americans shot by the cops this year

Why the Common Core Debate Is (Mostly) Pointless

Tucker: Time for Civil Rights Community to Reassess

Keep America Beautiful Releases National Report Addressing Community Impacts of Blighted Properties

Community Schools and Equity: Changing System

The Effects of Exposure to Better Neighborhoods on Children: New Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment

Why conservatives are able to pass such harsh restrictions on the poor

Where Should Poor People Live?

To Overcome Rising Inequality, Workers Need More Bargaining Power

For the Poor, the Graduation Gap Is Even Wider than the Enrollment Gap

How to Lock up Fewer People

The Common Core can’t speed up child development

Mapping the Most Common Races

The Counted: People killed by police in the US

It Takes A Lot Of Stop-And-Frisks To Find One Gun

I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me

Are Urban Progressives Hypocrites?

A Remarkably Simple, Low-Cost Way to Reduce Juvenile Crime: Thinking Slow

Teaching Youth To Think ‘Slow’ May Help Reduce Crime

5 Myths About Standardized Testing and the Opt Out Movement

Council introduces framework of school funding strategy

From discipline-and-punish to a culture of prevention

Teacher to Curry: ‘I love you, but don’t ever visit my high school’

Nevada Abandons Public Education

Why Groceries Cost Less in Big Cities

New Research Does Not Provide Any Reason to Doubt that CEO Pay Fueled Top 1% Income Growth

Can We Rebuild Social Capital?