Curious what it means to be a Repair the World fellow? Here’s former Detroit fellow (and current partner at Detroit Moishe House), Abby Rubin’s take in an interview conducted by Andrew Weiner.
Tell me a little about yourself?
So my name is Abby Rubin. I grew up in Cleveland. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a degree in Organizational Studies, which means I learned how to make organizations run more efficiently and effectively, and just generally make them better. I was a Repair the World fellow last year doing education justice and fell in love with after-school programming,and the city of Detroit. Now I live in Midtown in the Detroit City Moishe House and work for Arts and Scraps, which is an amazing art and science education non-profit and I sell bracelets on Etsy!
What’s so special about the place you live?
I currently live in the Chabad House of Greater Detroit. More importantly, I am a resident of the new Detroit City Moishe House. We are a group of young professionals who want to connect our peers the wonderful adventures Detroit has to offer.
Can you talk about how this MH came together and the folks you live with?
The Moishe House in Detroit exists because there is a surge of young Jewish people interested in the city. I came together with my two roommates, Hayley Sakwa and Gabe Neistein (pictured), and we decided that there was a hole in the Jewish community in Detroit. We wanted to create a space in the city where people who are new to the city or who just want a different way to explore can do that.
What events are in your future and past?
We met with some people in the community to have a visioning session about what is missing in Detroit, specifically in Jewish Detroit, so we can take these ideas and create programs from them. We also had a Back to the Future movie screening at a local bar to celebrate Back to the Future Day. We will be doing some awesome things in the future! We plan on participating in events around Detroit, like FestivAle in November in Ferndale and Noel Night in Midtown in December. We will also be having a brisket making competition between our mothers and it will be wonderful.
How can I learn more about MH or start my own?
Moishe House is always looking for new residents around the world. You can apply to be a resident at this website: https://www.moishehouse.org/apply. Adam Dobrusin is the Director of Expansion in North American Communities is also a great person to talk to.
What skills from RTW have been useful to you in creating a successful MH community?
Repair the World taught me how to be comfortable meeting new people and convincing them to do new cool things with me. It’s a great way to learn about yourself and how you interact with other people. I can work in groups and juggle multiple things at the same time, which is important when you and two other people have to plan 5-6 programs a month.
What’s your favorite place in Detroit and what song best sums up the feeling you get there?
My favorite place in Detroit is Campus Martius, which is a park right in the middle of the city. There are always cool things happening and there is a ton of history associated with the spot. The song that best sums up what I feel when I get there is “Hold Each Other” by A Great Big World.