Repair the World launched Act Now For Racial Justice as a campaign to engage people in service and education during the High Holidays, through Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and concluding with Passover. Our commitment to racial justice extends beyond this campaign, and you will see many ongoing and new opportunities. We invite you to continue with us on this pressing and urgent journey; explore entry points, try out resources, and connect with our colleagues as we Act Now For Racial Justice.
Over Inauguration Weekend, January 20-22, Repair the World joined a number of Jewish organizations in Washington, D.C. The weekend included a Shabbat dinner and day of service. Together, we engaged in meaningful conversation about the issues that matter to our communities, discussed ideas for strengthening civil discourse, and took time to meet and service our D.C. neighbors in need.
Through our #ActNowForRacialJustice campaign over MLK weekend, we asked people to get involved in three ways: volunteering, hosting, and sharing our campaign with their friends.
On November 10th -12th, 57 people attended the Facing Race Conference as part of Repair the World’s cohort. Almost one third of the cohort self-identifies as People of Color. Thirteen members of our cohort were involved in planning our experience at Facing Race, including participating in three planning calls, taking ownership over different components of the cohort, and organizing webinars and in-person meetups in Washington D.C. and New York City.
Cohort members are involved in the following organizations: Avodah, NFTY, Moishe House, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), Repair the World, ROI Community, REALITY, Kolot Chayeinu, PICO Network, Hillel International, Schusterman, Union for Reform Judaism, UJA Federation, and many other amazing communities. Some participants had been deeply engaged in racial justice work and other forms of social justice for years; others were just starting to explore their racial identity, Judaism, and what it means to act for racial justice. Five teens from NFTY chapters in Atlanta and Chicago joined our cohort, as well as students from Barnard College, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
With your support, the Act Now for Racial Justice Campaign successfully engaged hundreds of young Jewish Americans in progressive conversations, community engagement activities and service projects.