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To the Repair the World Community

At Repair the World, we believe that serving together with communities to meet urgent needs can be a valuable path to understanding and building relationships across differences.

Today is a day to focus on for being there for each other, especially for communities experiencing pain and marginalization. Wherever we stand in response to the election results, it is clear that we are a country with deep divisions, a place in which we truly do not understand one another, yet where too many of us dismiss the depth of the others’ despair.

We need to reach out to each other, to our children and elders, to our neighbors and friends, and build community. And, with those we are close to, we prepare ourselves for the difficulty of reaching out and listening to those whom we do not usually hear. In the Repair the World Communities, we will open our workshops for these conversations – hosted by partners and ourselves – conversations that we hope will begin to heal our civic wounds.

We also invite you to reach out to us. Share your thoughts and feelings about the election. Our digital community is a place for dialogue and listening and we invite you to add comments to this post below.

In Jewish tradition, the telling and hearing of a story is one way we create understanding. We encourage you to share your stories today and to ask others for theirs. Through our collective stories, may we continue to build a narrative of understanding and national healing.

We look forward to all of the opportunities in the future to unite in service and solidarity in our local communities.

Repair at The GA

Ilana Gatoff and Laura Kassen, our AVODAH Corp members

The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly is a premier Jewish communal event attracting over 3,500 influential decision-makers, prominent leaders, and Jewish youth from around the world…so of course we had to be there too!

Repair the World will be represented at the GA in Baltimore next week, and we’re so excited to share the experience with you. Repair the World’s booth will be staffed by our dedicated AVODAH Corps members and members of our staff. Not only will they be on hand to provide information and answer any questions about Repair, but they will also give visitors a special first-look at our upcoming Read.Write.Repair. campaign! A visit to our table will also ensure you’re not left empty-handed – we’ll be giving away pins, stickers, postcards, and offering a chance to win some of our awesome t-shirts!

The GA has always been a hub of service-oriented ideas and development, but in recent years, a greater focus has also been placed on reaching out to young people as part of The Jewish Federation’s broader look to the future. The programs are designed to cover learning, sharing and building ideas to bring home to your community. Whether you want to find out how to raise money in this challenging economy, better use digital media to connect with communities, or learn how to encourage innovation and philanthropy, there are workshops and speakers present to teach you.

The scope of speakers and representatives at the GA is huge, and we’re thrilled that a couple of key members of the Repair family will be involved. One of the speakers from the Repair team is our consultant Dana Talmi, who founded Yahel – Israel Service Learning. In addition, Repair Fellow Jesse Rabinowitz will be in attendance and representing the University of Maryland Hillel, providing a student’s perspective to panel attendees. Both Dana and Jesse will be on the “Volunteering and Tikun Olam: Who is the Beneficiary?” panel on Monday, November 12 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm. This panel is sure to be a highlight of the conference! Panelists will present an in-depth look at service through a unique lens focusing on creating a meaningful experience for the volunteer vs. maximizing impact on the beneficiaries.

We are in the final stages of prepping our booth and getting our team ready for the conference, and we hope to see you there. If you can’t make it to Baltimore no worries, we’ll bring the booth to you! Follow us @RepairTheWorld (official hashtag #JFNAGA) where our staff will be live-tweeting from the conference. We’ll show you pics of our booth, give you a chance to win some of our fantastic SWAG, and share tidbits about new opportunities as we discover them!

Volunteering + Values: A Repair the World Report on Jewish Young Adults

Repair the World is pleased to present the first-ever comprehensive study of contemporary Jewish young adults and their attitudes and behaviors towards community service. Entitled “Volunteering +Values: A Repair the World Report of Jewish Young Adults,” the study was commissioned by Repair the World and conducted as a collaborative effort between the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and Gerstein-Agne Strategic Communications. Prior to this study, little was known about the full extent of Jewish young adults’ service commitments as national surveys of volunteering either did not include information about the religious identity of respondents or contained too small a sample of Jewish young adults to permit meaningful analysis.
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REALITY Israel Webinar, Thursday 3/17

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a Repair the World/RepairLabs webinar on Thursday, March 17, at 2:00 PM Eastern, where we will be presenting the results of a new study about the impact of the REALITY Israel Experience for Teach For America corps members.

For the past two years, the REALITY Israel Experience has been bringing select Teach For America participants on a 10-day trip to explore Israel from a service and education perspective and connect their secular service work, as teachers, to their personal values and motivations for repairing the world. Has it worked?

Among other promising findings, the REALITY impact study found the program has:

  • Strengthened participants’ commitment to Teach For America’s mission;
  • Strengthened participants’ commitment to social justice; and
  • Strengthened the link between members’ Jewish identity and their passion for service.

During the webinar on Thursday, March 17, at 2:00 PM Eastern, we will explore the study in the context of a conversation about Jewish identity and the factors that drive a passion for service. Joining me on the call will be Adam Simon of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Michelle Culver from Teach For America. Both organizations were sponsors of the study, along with the Samberg Family Foundation and the Center for Leadership Initiatives.

I think you will find this discussion to be of interest and hope you will join us. To access the webinar please press ‘play’ on the video below.

Click over to our RepairLabs site to access all documents needed for the webinar.

Serving: Jewish and Proud

I am proud to stand among two dozen fellow Americans who honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by serving today as 2011 MLK Day Ambassadors. I approach this task with a strong sense of purpose thrown into high relief by recent events, including an attack targeting a public servant, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who connected her deep desire to serve her country with her Jewish identity.
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Oct. 6 in NYC: Shirley Sagawa on “The American Way to Change”

The Center for American Progress, Citizen Schools, City Year, Jumpstart, NYC Coalition Against Hunger, and Repair the World invite you to join us and Shirley Sagawa for a discussion about her new book, The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers are Transforming America.

Our nation faces crises in nearly every important aspect of American life, in education, health, the environment, and persistent poverty. While government has an essential role, none of these problems can be solved by government alone. In fact, none can be solved without the committed efforts of the American people, taking action on their own or in concert with others.

Shirley Sagawa’s recent book, The American Way to Change, articulates a new role for volunteer and national service to help solve the nation’s biggest problems. Marrying ten years as a management consultant to nonprofits with decades of experience in the policy arena –as a leader in the creation of AmeriCorps, on the White House Domestic Policy Council staff, Senator Labor and Human Resources Committee staff, and as a fellow at the Center for American Progress — she offers a fresh look at public problem solving with service at the center.
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Repair the World Awards $2.6 Million in Grants

Recognizes High-Quality Jewish Service-Learning Programs

Download the viewbook of Repair the World's 2010 immersive Jewish service-learning grantees

Download the viewbook of Repair the World’s 2010 immersive Jewish service-learning grantees

Repair the World, a national organization working to inspire American Jews to give their time and effort to serve those in need, has announced $2.6 million in new grants to fund service-learning programs in the United States and around the world.

“Service learning has the power to deliver substantial on-the-ground impact, while strengthening the life-long civic engagement and Jewish identities of those who serve,” said Jon Rosenberg, CEO of Repair the World. “By investing in our grantees, we enable thousands of young adults to become Jewish global citizens.”
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Rabbi Will Berkovitz Joins Repair the World

Seattle-based leader to promote partnership efforts

After six years as executive director of Hillel at the University of Washington, Rabbi Will Berkovitz has joined Repair the World as vice president of partnerships and rabbi-in-residence.

Berkovitz, who began his career as a journalist in Seattle before entering Jewish communal work, has led pioneering efforts to raise the profile of service and civic engagement among young Jews.

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