Cocktails with a Conscience: Restorative Response

This post originally appeared on NY Blueprint on October 24, 2018.

Join us for an evening exploring programs in Harlem committed to working with youth affected by the criminal justice system. Representatives from the Harlem Youth Court and ARTE (Art & Resistance Through Education) Justice will join us in a panel-style conversation to share more about the work they do to promote restorative responses to justice every day. Following the panel, guests will engage in group discussions — over a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres — facilitated by representatives from Repair the World.

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Finding a balance: Service, advocacy, and the role of religion

The following post originally appeared on Medium as a blog post for the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.

By Josh Sherman

In today’s world, I find it increasingly difficult to separate distinct parts of my life and put them in nicely partitioned boxes. At times, aspects of my life bleed into one another in a harmonious symphony and at times they seem to run up against one another and clash ferociously. Oftentimes I debate as to whether this is somewhat of a new phenomenon for the millennial generation or a reflection of the political times that we find ourselves in. I find comfort in believing that this is not a new struggle, and that for hundreds of years humans have searched to find their personal balance.

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A Jewish journey from indifference to inspiration

The following post originally appeared on Medium as a blog piece for the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.

By Diana Goldsmith

When I was eighteen, right before I headed off to my freshman year of college, I announced to my parents that once I graduated, I planned to join the Peace Corps. I wanted to travel, to see parts of the world I had never seen before, and above all (my naive teenaged self thought), I wanted to help people.

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Rabbi Shares Thoughts on The Well’s Service Trip

This article originally appeared in The Jewish News on October 23, 2018.

By Rabbi Moshe Givental

I joined the Houston Service Trip, aimed to rebuild after the floods of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, just a few days before we were set to go. Excited, but not completely prepared, it has left a deep impact on me. Each of our days combined some good hard work, fun, great food, and deep learning.

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More than Superman: Jewish and Latinx Comics

This article originally appeared on MyJewishLearning.Com on October 22, 2018.

By Julian Voloj

As a Jewish-German-Colombian-New York artist, Julian Voloj is both one of a kind and very at home in the world of comic books. Through comics, he has explored identity and forged community in navigating the overlap between his Jewish and Latinx experiences and expression. He has participated in specific Jewish and Latinx comic shows, and yet these two elements have never come together—until now. In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Voloj, a Be’chol Lashon staffer, arranged Convivo, an art exhibition about Jews, Hispanics, and comics in partnership with Jewish Art SalonBronx Heroes Comic ConRepair The World, and UJA Federation.

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Self Care During Hard Times

It’s important to find times to unplug and reflect. For many, that time is Shabbat. We encourage you to think about the times you can set aside for self-care. We reached out to our friends and partners at OneTable for some suggestions and resources. See below for resources related to meditation, and a special piece compiled by Rabbi Jessica Minnen. While in places Shabbat is mentioned, each resource can be used about self-care more broadly.

Let’s support each other as much as we can now and always.

Shabbat Resources

Shabbat and Self Care
Compiled by Rabbi Jessica Minnen, OneTable, [email protected]

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde

Even as the popularity of the word self-care has risen, many people have stopped believing in the value of the practice. Our incredible capacity to commit to one  another’s struggles is only as strong as our ability to care for ourselves.

This Shabbat, check in with yourself with these self-care questions:

  • Did I eat well today (as defined by myself and not the rest of the world)?
  • Did I move my body in some way that could be helpful for my body’s needs?
  • How much sleep did I get?
  • How do I feel in my body?
  • How much water have I had today?
  • Have I been outside at all today?
  • What is one emotion that I can identify feeling today?
  • When is the last time I was in nature?
  • When is the last time I did a self-focused activity (reading for fun, listening to music, meditation, cooking for myself)?
  • Can I identify one hope I have for my immediate future (today, this week, this month)?

“Finding ways to be kind to ourselves is a gift we can offer to ourselves and our community because of the space it gives us to engage in the emotional labor of deconstructing oppressive structures related to a seemingly endless list of ‘isms.’ May these strategies for self-care, inspire you in your community to find your own path for healing yourself, and offer a template for healing our communities as a whole.” — Adapted from Lauren Lofton.

Lauren Lofton is a queer, genderqueer, person of color, social justice advocate and attorney born and raised in the Bay Area. They earned a J.D. in Public Interest Law from University of California, Davis in 2009. Lauren is dedicated to a legal practice with an intersectional, social justice lens that is grounded in compassion.


Days and weeks when stories of sexual assault and allegations make headlines and conversations in homes and offices can be particularly triggering and difficult for everyone, including survivors. In addition to self-care, we encourage anyone struggling, or feeling alone or confused, to look to the following resources:

Virtual Sukkahs House Jewish Values

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Week on September 26, 2018.

By Amy Sara Clark

Perhaps more than any other Jewish holiday, Sukkot lends itself to social activism. Its symbolism is drawn from the period of Jewish history when the People of the Book were refugees, fleeing slavery and crossing the desert in search of better lives for their children; in addition, the sukkah provides a daily reminder of the fragility of human life and the protection God gave the Jews while they were living in impermanent huts and searching for the Promised Land.

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A Year After Harvey in Houston

This article originally appeared on Tikkun on September 25, 2018.

By Avital Ingber, Kari Saratovsky, and Sacha Bodner

In his beloved book, The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel poignantly writes: “Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of time. Judaism teaches us to be attached to holiness in time, to be attached to sacred events, to learn how to consecrate sanctuaries that emerge from the magnificent stream of a year.”

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Sukkot Volunteering at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

This article originally appeared on NYBluePrint on September 23, 2018.

Celebrate Sukkot, a Jewish harvest festival, by volunteering with Repair the World at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

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#MySukkahStandsFor Digital Campaign

This article originally appeared in the Detroit Jewish News on September 24, 2018.

Repair the World, the largest Jewish service organization in the country, today announced the launch of weRepair.org/Sukkot, a platform to celebrate Sukkot and to build virtual dwellings around issues that matter most. Anyone can visit the website to share publicly what their digital (or physical) sukkah stands for.

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