Up Next: A Jewish Peace Corps

This letter, by Repair the World’s President and CEO, David Eisner, was originally published in HaAretz.

A Call to Heed

In response to “Only ‘Jewish Peace Corps’ can save Zionism from millennial crisis,” February 25, Ari Shavit issues an important call to expand service opportunities for young Jewish adults. Shavit’s right: Jewish service links volunteering to Jewish values in millennials’ minds. Each year Repair the World engages tens of thousands of young adults in meaningful, Jewish-infused service, and we’ve measured strong increases in how they connect their passion to drive social change to their Jewishness. Many even build innovative Jewish communities around this work. Through service initiatives like Passover’s #SupportforRefugees, young adults address today’s urgent issues, make Judaism fit their lives, and challenge themselves to learn, question and lead.

The difficulty for many in the Jewish community is internalizing how crucial it is for the service to be authentic – for programs to reflect uncomfortably extreme pluralism, and for Jewish elements to be offered “no strings attached.” Young adults deepening their appreciation for and identification with Jewish values don’t always build stronger connections to what they perceive to be the “organized” Jewish community. And, that’s okay. For many, this work is not an entry point into Jewish life – it is their Jewish life. As more young adults bring their Jewish expression to authentic service, they are making not just a better world, but a more vibrant Jewish community. 

We hope others heed Shavit’s call and create more opportunities for young adults (and Jews of all ages!) to explore the Jewish imperatives of tikkun olam and creating social change.

-David Eisner, Repair the World President and CEO

Volunteer to show #SupportForRefugees!

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How much do you know about Refugees?

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Celebrating Black History Month with JPRO

Civil rights and racial justice are two of the most pressing and vital issues of our day. Recently, Repair the World had the opportunity to convene a conversation with other leaders in the Jewish and justice worlds. Through the JPRO Network, an organization that works to help Jewish non-profits do their work better and in a more connected way, we participated in a Webinar in honor of Black History Month called “Is Social Justice at Work? Jewish Organizations as Racial Justice Allies.”

The webinar speakers included Repair the World’s own David Eisner, Cheryl Cook of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, Chava Shervington from the Jewish Multiracial Network, April Baskin of the Union of Reform Judaism, and Mark Winston Griffith of the Brooklyn Movement Center. Each brought their own perspectives, wisdom, and experience to a conversation about the role Jewish communal organizations can and should play in working for racial justice.

Take a break to listen in on the full conversation, and let us know what you think! Tweet us and share your thoughts at @repairtheworld. And check out JPRO’s ongoing webinar series.

February 2016 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)

Repair the World, In Detroit, Philly, Pittsburgh and NYC!

Don’t forget to check out upcoming opportunities in our Repair the World Communities: