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Repair Hero: Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs is in the business of empowering kids.

He is the Executive Director and co-founder, along with his brother Stephen, of Kids Creative – an arts non-profit that engages students from pre-K through high school in writing and performing their own live theatre and musical events. The programs, which run after school and at camps during the summer, empower participants to create something they’re proud of, and help build leadership and communication skills.

The organization’s vision of “a better, more peaceful future…through the arts,” is focused around what the Jacobs brothers call the 6 C’s of peacemaking in youth: confidence, creativity, conflict resolution, community, collaboration and – of course – cookies. Kids Creative has worked with more than 2,000 students in NYC to create over 85 original productions and countless songs – like this one about dancing robots.
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Spotlight on: Purim’s Connections to Service

Purim is the Jewish calendar’s biggest party. The holiday, which falls in the joyous month of Adar, celebrates the story of Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai’s heroic triumph over Haman in ancient Persia, and the resulting deliverance of the Jewish people. The holiday is honored by reading the megillah out loud (and making a ruckus whenever Haman’s name is read), wearing costumes, a good deal of partying on Purim night, and a delicious meal the following day. Perhaps the most famous – and telling – of Purim’s customs is the Talmudic requirement that someone drink until he can no longer distinguish between the words “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordecai.”
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Repair Hero: Eli Winkelman

Who says a college student can’t change the world? When Eli Winkelman was an undergrad at Scripps College in California, she started a program called Challah for Hunger. The idea started out small: bake fresh, delicious challah every week and sell it to students and faculty to raise money for hunger and disaster relief.

The program was a hit (even former President Clinton took notice) and began to spread to other colleges. As of 2009, Challah for Hunger had chapters on 30 campuses across the country and had raised more than $130,000, with half of the proceeds going to American Jewish World Service’s Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund, and half going to local, national, or international organizations chosen by campus organizers.
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On Tap: Jewish Service Fellowships

It’s that time of year again: the spring application rush. The deadlines for many 2010 service fellowships are looming large, which means that hopeful volunteers around the country are rounding up their references and polishing their application essays.

Here are 6 fellowship deadlines (+ 3 special opportunities for entrepreneurs) not to miss:

Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps:
20-something “corps members” live in New York, DC, New Orleans or Chicago for 1-year and work with non-profit organizations doing anti-poverty work. In addition to their service work, corps members live together in community and engage in Jewish learning and meaningful community building.
Deadline: Passed Feb 12, but they are still accepting applications on a rolling basis.
Apply now
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