What do all these words really mean?
Service is the giving of one’s time and effort to bring about positive community, societal or global change.
Advocacy is a form of service that involves identifying an issue and those with the power to bring about effective change, then working to spur them to action.
Civic engagement is nonviolent action to identify and address issues of public concern. Civic engagement takes many forms, from individual volunteerism to organizational involvement to electoral participation. It can include efforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem, or interact with the institutions of representative democracy.
Community organizing is a process for achieving positive change by fostering a group’s collective identity to promote work for a shared self-interest.
Community service is volunteer service for the benefit of a community.
Public service is a way of making the pursuit of positive change a full-time occupation, by making a career of work in the non-profit or public sectors.
Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Jewish Service-Learning is a program model that combines direct service in response to real community needs with structured learning and time for reflection, all of which are placed in a rich context of Jewish education and values.
Immersive Jewish Service-Learning is a program model that engages participants in full-time service for at least seven days. Immersive programs are travel-based or residential. Immersive Jewish Service-Learning programs include alternative winter and spring breaks, summer and yearlong service programs. Repair the World supports immersive Jewish service-learning programs in the United States, Israel and around the world.
Local Jewish Service-Learning
Local Jewish Service-Learning is a model that happens close to home. Local Jewish service-learning programs can be run by synagogues, Jewish community centers, day schools, summer camps, independent minyanim, college campuses, groups of volunteers and more.
Philanthropy is the act of giving financial or other material support in the form of a donation to promote the greater good.
Social justice is the ideal grounded in human rights and equality that underlies the movement towards a socially just world.
Freely giving time and services on behalf of others or a particular cause.