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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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Rising to the Call

This article originally appeared in the New york Times on May 18, 2020
While terrible, the pandemic has also brought new meaning to community service. Read how one community overcomes COVID-19 and racial injustice to serve and give back to others.

Moving Forward From Crisis: Strengthening Jewish Communities During COVID-19

This article originally appeared on the Schusterman Family Foundation’s Blog on July 23, 2020.

The current moment presents new opportunities to accelerate change, lift up fresh approaches and voices, and reimagine Jewish life for the future. Read this article by Lisa Eisen and Schusterman Family Foundation on how to reinvigorate Jewish communities amidst this crisis.

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For young Jews with time on their hands, new service program proves a boon

This originally appeared in the Forward on August 2, 2020. 

Powered by Repair the World, Serve the Moment is providing many young people with a desire to commit to service a chance to serve while helping to meet the unprecedented needs of low income communities and communities of color.

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Systemic racism and inequity are real. Jewish service is part of the solution.

This originally appeared in The New York Jewish Week on July 31, 2020. 

“Jewish tradition and the value of tikkun olam (repair the world) teach the importance of showing up for others, particularly in times of sickness and crisis. Inspired by this teaching, I was determined to find ways to leverage my privilege and experience to create meaningful change and to support my partners from afar. I was not alone. Although we were spread out across the country, the New York team at Repair came together virtually and began creatively reimagining what volunteering and showing up for our community could look like in this challenging, unprecedented time.” – Haley Schusterman, a 2019-20 Repair the World Harlem Food Justice Fellow

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Repair the World Philadelphia Update

As you know, the current pandemic is causing many organizations to have to pivot and change programming in very hard ways. Although we are in better shape than many of our peer organizations, in order to insure a strong financial future for Repair the World, we’ve made the difficult decision to close our Philadelphia Repair program at the end of this program year.

We would like to express our personal appreciation for Dani, Kari, Monét, and Jamie for all of their amazing efforts this year. This year has come with many challenges even before COVID-19 and the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Antwon Rose, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Marsha P. Johnson, Mike Brown, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tyquarn Malik Graves, and too many others who we have lost. We are grateful for how they’ve continued to show up and build community during these times.

We would also like to thank our alumni, former staff, collaborators, and partners over the last seven years in Philadelphia. We recognize that without the support and loyalty of everyone involved with our Philadelphia program that we never could have thrived for as long as we did or had the impact we had hoped for. It’s been a meaningful 7 years.

Kari has been with us since almost day one of Repair the World Philadelphia and we are incredibly grateful for their stewardship of our workshop. The place that the workshop holds in the West Philadelphia community is largely due to Kari’s love and care.

Dani moved back to Philadelphia to be a Team Leader after serving in Brooklyn and after her second year in service we made the smart move of hiring her as the Philadelphia Program Associate. She rose quickly through the ranks because she has always been such a great advocate for Repair the World Philadelphia and for our work. Dani’s optimism has always shined through and is reflected in the community she has built with all of our partners over the years. We are incredibly grateful to Dani as she has put her heart and soul into Repair. Thank you Dani!

While we will no longer have a physical presence in Philadelphia we still have many ways that you can volunteer and engage with us in service. If you’re looking to volunteer virtually, please check out our opportunities on our website – https://werepair.org/volunteer.  If you’re for skilled virtual volunteering opportunities, please check out our website – https://repairtheworld.catchafire.org/volunteer-now.