Expanding the Table: Chavruta as a Partnership Model

This article originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy on January 8, 2019.

By Aliza Kline and  Sarit Wishnevski

The January issue of Sh’ma Now explores the Jewish sensibility of “chavruta/learning partnerships – whether the traditional study method of the beit midrash could be applied to other arenas where we work in partnered ways. What might we draw and apply from the pedagogy of chavruta? The issue includes essays by Zac Kamenetz who contextualizes chavruta for readers; Orit Kent and Allison Cook, who share the underpinnings of the pedagogy; Aliza Kline & Sarit Wishnevski, who examine models where Jewish organizations collaborate more effectively; and Joshua Avedon, who draws on the work of community organizer Saul Alinksy to examine the potential successes and failures of collaborative partnerships. Each issue of Sh’ma Now includes a discussion guide, Consider and Converse, providing conversational prompts and NiSh’ma, where three commentators examine a line from a talmudic story about the unexpected outcomes of arguing.

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What to do this week in Pittsburgh: Jan. 14-20, 2019

This article originally appeared on The Incline on January 13, 2019.

By Rossilynne Culgan

Several important community conversations are planned for this week, from a talk with Trayvon Martin’s mom to a discussion about racial inequity in local schools to a meet-up about women in the workplace.

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Opinion | Service in Philly: A Chance to Engage and Reflect

This editorial originally appeared in The Jewish Exponent on January 11, 2019.

By Abe Baker-Butler

Earlier this fall, turkey, stuffing, family and gratitude filled our homes and hearts. As we sat around the table, we caught up with relatives, perhaps navigated fraught discussions of politics and likely thought about the blessings for which we are thankful.

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Religious Leaders Say Pittsburgh’s ‘Spiritual Steel Curtain’ Will Stand Firm In 2019

This story originally ran on 90.5WESA on January 2, 2019.

By Megan Harris & Kiley Koscinski

Nearly 10 weeks ago, Pittsburgh was shaken by a deadly mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. The city’s resilience in the face of tragedy gripped the nation.

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What’s Your #ServiceStrength?

This article originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy on January 3, 2019.

In a world where mattresses are customized to people’s bodies, coffee drinks reflect elaborate personal tastes, and nearly any product can be ordered and delivered with a click of a button, meaningful volunteer work now can be catered to participants in the same way. That’s the mentality behind Repair the World’s new, fun online quiz, “What’s Your #ServiceStrength?,” designed to connect users to service experiences aligned with their passions, interests, and amount of time they want to serve.

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New York Teens Head to Philly to Volunteer

This article originally ran in the Jewish Exponent on December 25, 2018.

Repair the World Philadelphia and J-Teen Leadership, a program of UJA-Federation of New York, partnered to bring New York teens to Philadelphia to engage in service and learning around education justice, community health care and food insecurity. The 21 teens served an estimated 1,500 people in the Greater Philadelphia area through service organizations Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia, Jewish Relief Agency (JRA), Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden, Markoe Street Community Garden, Philadelphia Fight and others.

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From Rwanda to Atlanta, A Jewish Service Leader

This interview originally ran on the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation‘s blog on December 21, 2018.

By Rachel Sacks

ATLANTA — Lily Brent has some exciting months ahead of her. Although it has only been a short time since Repair the World Atlanta launched in September, Lily, the Atlanta Community’s first Director, describes a long and detailed list of upcoming projects. Ones like packing seeds for Historic Westside Gardens, leading cooking classes with a PAWKids afterschool program and working with local partners to organize a city-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day Shabbat with a dialogue on sports and social justice.

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Repair the World and J-Teen Leadership Focus on Urgent Issues During Service Trip to Philadelphia

This article originally appeared on MySocialGoodNews on December 19, 2018.

By Api Podder

Press Release – Philadelphia – In early fall, Repair the World Philadelphia and J-Teen Leadership, a program of UJA-Federation of NY, partnered to bring New York teens to Philadelphia to engage in meaningful service and learning around education justice, community health care, and food insecurity. Prior to the trip, the teens collected 700 lbs of donated items, including toiletries, school supplies, and clothes, which filled half the bus destined for those with need.

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4 ways to make the most of your week in Pittsburgh

This article originally appeared on Hoodline on December 19, 2018.

There’s a little something for everyone coming up on the events calendar this week. From marathon prep to holiday hijinks, here’s a roundup of options to help you get out and about in the days ahead.

Cocktails with a Conscience: Housing Justice

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Activists spread message to fight discrimination, hate in Brooklyn

This story originally ran on News12 Brooklyn on November 19, 2018.

PROSPECT HEIGHTS – Activists joined together Monday to spread the message of fighting discrimination and hate by handing out flyers at four key points in Brooklyn.

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