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Community readies to commemorate two years since Oct. 27 shooting

This article originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle on October 19, 2020.

“The synagogue shooting was very traumatic for the community,” said Julie Mallis, city director of Repair the World Pittsburgh. “This service day is an opportunity for people to have something to look forward to where they can come together as a community and just do something that is going to make you feel good … It’s just basically a physical way of working through and processing grief and trauma.”

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Equality is Part of the Jewish Fabric: Repair The Vote

This article originally appeared in the Tribe Herald on October 19, 2020.

“Voting and justice are core to the Jewish people, and equality is a part of our fabric. From voting to volunteering, #RepairTheVote will walk you through everything you need to know to exercise your right to vote and how you can use your time to serve in this election.”

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Young Volunteers Meet a Moment of Crisis

This article originally appeared on the Schusterman Foundation blog on October 14, 2020.

“If ever the moment were ripe for contributing to efforts to heal the world, it is now. Amid the global pandemic, massive unemployment and a racial reckoning, millions of young adults are yearning for ways to feel useful and help people who are struggling.”

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Repair the World Baltimore Encourages Voter Participation

This article originally appeared in the Baltimore Jewish Times on October 2, 2020
“Repair the World Baltimore is working hard in preparation for the upcoming election, with several different initiatives and partnerships intended to support the community’s right to vote.”

LeaderFolk: Rabbi Jessy Dressin

Check out this amazing interview with Repair the World’s own Rabbi Jessy Dressin on LeaderFolk, a weekly conversation about what it means to be a woman, non-binary or genderqueer individual working as, what we like to call, a “professional Jew.”

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Meeting The Moment: Young Adults Serve Vulnerable Across Los Angeles

This post originally appeared in the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles Blog on August 26, 2020.

 

“The pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon, and the needs of our community members are only growing. Serve The Moment will continue its programming with additional cohorts throughout the rest of the year and into 2021. We are proud to have had Chelsea Snyder, our NuRoots Assistant Director of Special Projects, as our L.A. City Coordinator for Serve The Moment, guiding this first incredible group of future Jewish leaders.”

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#Give828 – Support Black-led Service Partners

At the heart of our work of mobilizing Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world is a commitment to service through an anti-racist lens. Today, Repair the World is joining #Give828, a national day of giving focused specifically on supporting Black-led and Black-benefitting organizations. 

#Give828 isn’t like other fundraising campaigns. This day takes place during Black Philanthropy Month and commemorates multiple important events in Black American history, including the murder of Emmett Till, the delivery of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, DC, the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, and then-Senator Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination for president.

#Give28 2020 comes at a critical time. The disproportionate deaths in Black communities from COVID-19 and the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other unarmed Black Americans that have sparked waves of protests illustrate the urgent and ongoing need for resources that directly support Black communities. Today, we’re highlighting Black-led service partners throughout our Repair the World Communities, and we hope you’ll join us in making a gift to support their critical work as we express the Jewish value of התחזקות [heet-chaz-koot], strengthening one another.

Atlanta

  • The Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center (SWEEAC) serves more than 48,000 families & distributes over 1,000,000 pounds of food to families in the communities of Atlanta. https://www.sweeac.org/donate
  • Rebecca’s Tent provides basic comforts and offers life skills training, access to community resources and the essential human services needed to help women rise up and work toward stability and independence. https://rebeccastent.org/
  • PAW Kids provides community support and activities to support holistic development and build self-confidence. https://www.pawkids.org/get-involved

Baltimore

  • The Safe Alternative Foundation for Education provides learning opportunities in West Baltimore and hosts one of Repair Baltimore’s VolunTeams, a group of volunteers who visit the center once a month to do career workshops. https://www.safealternative.org/donate

Brooklyn

Chicago

  • My Block, My Hood, My City provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood by taking students on explorations focused on STEM, arts & culture, citizenry & volunteerism, and more. https://www.formyblock.org/

Detroit

  • The Georgia Street Community Collective combines community gardening and gathering spaces for youth in Detroit,. http://www.georgiastreetcc.com/
  • N.E.W. L.E.A.F. Detroit is an environmental organization that aims to educate people about climate change, as well as assist them in adapting to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. https://www.newleafdetroit.org/take-action

Harlem

Miami

  • Miami Children’s Initiative seeks to break the cycle of poverty in Liberty City, Miami with a “block-by-block approach”, and by focusing on the growth and development of the city’s youth through the establishment of community partnerships. http://miamichildrensinitiative.com/
  • Health in the Hood provides access to fresh foods and health education in low-income neighborhoods, putting children on the path to healthy futures. [12/18] https://www.healthinthehood.org/donate
  • GreenWorks (a fund of the Miami Foundation) provides environmental programs and green job training to incarcerated men and women, youth remanded by court to drug rehab and at-risk high-school youth in low-income neighborhoods. https://miamifoundation.org/

Pittsburgh

  • The African Healing Garden in Pittsburgh is a place to restore wholeness to mind, body, and spirit, and will provide an outdoor classroom for children’s activities. https://www.gofundme.com/f/african-healing-garden 
  • Grounded PGH transforms vacant lots into vibrant community spaces and provides tools, resources, and connections so individuals can create the change that’s best for their community. https://groundedpgh.org/donate/
  • 1Hood Media is a collective of socially conscious artists and activists who utilize art as a means of raising awareness about matters affecting people around the world. They build liberated communities through art, education, and social justice. https://www.1hood.org/

Jewish tradition implores us to come together as a community in our efforts to tackle the difficult work of building a more just world. To learn more about #Give828 and to support their work, visit their website. Thank you for helping us as we take action to pursue a world grounded in racial justice and Jewish values.

Majority of American Jews in Full Page New York Times Ad: “Unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.”

This article originally appeared on Medium on August 28, 2020.
“We are Jewish organizations and synagogues from across the racial and political spectrum; from different streams of Judaism; whose members trace their lineage from countries around the world. We speak with one voice when we say, unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.”
Repair the World is proud to sign this open letter, published today in the New York Times, alongside over 600 Jewish organizations.

Announcing the 40 Under 40 Honorees for 2020

This article originally appeared in Pittsburgh Magazine on August 25, 2020.

We are incredibly proud of Julie Mallis, City Director of Repair The World Pittsburgh, for being named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 who through their life and work have enriched the Pittsburgh area!

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Guided by Jewish values, we’re caring for our neighbors. Here’s how.

This article originally appeared in The Forward on August 4, 2020.

“The central message of the Jewish narrative is caring for our most vulnerable neighbors and communities. We can inspire a new generation of Jewish young adults to translate their values into serious commitments to service on behalf of the broader community, now and into the future.” – Cindy Greenberg, President and CEO, Repair the World

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