Who are we?
Repair the World was founded in 2009 to make meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life. Repair mobilizes tens of thousands of young Jews to volunteer in tackling pressing local needs each year, and Repair equips communities and partners to do the same. These volunteers help transform neighborhoods, cities, and lives through meaningful service experiences rooted in Jewish values, learning, and history.
What do we do?
Repair the World Communities
Repair the World’s signature program, Repair the World Communities, engages young adults in social change around education and food justice in neighborhoods in Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Detroit, Harlem, Miami, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. In most communities, a City Director supports a cohort of fellows (ages 21-26) who make a year-long service commitment to Repair the World. During this year, Repair’s fellows work closely with local nonprofits to create authentic and impactful volunteering and education opportunities—and they use peer-to-peer outreach and recruitment to engage thousands of other young adults in volunteering and learning.
Repair the World Campaigns
Throughout the year, Repair the World offers young Jews opportunities to create and engage in service experiences infused with Jewish learning and reflection. Jewish service initiatives around MLK Day, Passover, and the High Holidays address such current, high-profile issues as racial prejudice and the refugee crisis. Through these national campaigns, young adults engage in hands-on service activities, learn about the many ways they can continue to address these issues, and participate with friends in Turn the Tables Dinners filled with meaningful and structured dialogue.
From mini-grants, to worldwide Alternative Breaks, to conferences, gatherings, and programs and trainings with our partners, Repair provides the resources to encourage others to serve. These resources and technical assistance include creative, scalable methods to drive more and better Jewish service.
Check out what else we do and how to get involved:
Act Now Houston
The Act Now initiative began in partnership with Repair the World and the Leadership Coalition for Jewish Service shortly after Hurricane Harvey. Act Now is an exciting new initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Their goal is to engage the Jewish community in revitalizing the greater Houston area. Through meaningful volunteering and learning opportunities, they provide programming that builds bridges, supports partner organizations and enhances community resiliency. In the program’s first 18 months, over 2,000 multi-generational volunteers contributed more than 24,000 hours of hands-on help for the Greater Houston community. The Leadership Coalition for Jewish Service, facilitated by Repair the World, has been pioneered by BBYO, Hillel International, JDC Entwine, Moishe House, OneTable, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
The One America Movement
The One America Movement was incubated by Repair the World and we are deeply grateful to help launch this organization. Rooted in our faith values and deep concern for our country, The One America Movement builds societal resilience to polarization by bringing people together across political, racial and religious divides to work together to address issues in communities across the country. One America also trains and empowers religious leaders to resist a culture of division and hate.
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