Atlanta Opens Arms to Repairing Our World

This article originally appeared in The Atlanta Jewish Times on June 28, 2018.

By Sarah Moosazadeh

Jewish values, a strong identity and affinity toward service are traits Repair the World aims to promote among Jews. The nonprofit hopes to expand that viewpoint this summer by launching its eighth community in Atlanta.

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Shabbat for a Fair Trade Cause

This article originally appeared on Reconstructing Judaism on June 15, 2018.

On the Friday night before World Fair Trade Day, people from across Philadelphia gathered in the reception hall of the Philadelphia Ethical Society for a night of Jewish learning, locally-sourced food, and provoking conversation about ethical purchasing. Inspired by her work in our Fair Trade Reconstructionist Learning Network, Jessica Herrmann, team leader at Repair the World Philadelphia, crafted a Fair Trade Shabbat dinner to coincide with the worldwide celebration. World Fair Trade Day, which occurs annually on the second Saturday in May, celebrates fair trade learning and practice. For many Jewish communities across North America, the holiday offers a chance to take a closer look at Jewish values present in fair trade, and Repair the World’s Fair Trade Shabbat dinner took this opportunity in stride.

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Essay: Reflections on #ActNowHouston

This article originally appeared in The Jewish News on June 14, 2018.

By Max Feber

I got involved with Repair the World through the PeerCorps program when I was only a sophomore in high school. Since then, I’ve volunteered dozens of times with RTW and have worked hard to help bridge the gap between the city and the suburbs. The work was always very hard. Whether we were building an ice rink, farming at one of the urban gardens or painting a mural, we always left feeling tired and rewarded. Tired after a long day’s work, I would go home, eat dinner and crawl right into bed.

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How We Answer the Storm in Houston

This article originally appeared in eJewish Philanthropy on June 14, 2018.

By Jeremy Wood

Eight months after Hurricane Harvey swept through Houston, the major news networks’ focus has moved on. Yet amid national silence, the local crisis continues, festering like the mold behind flooded walls that were covered up too quickly while their foundations rotted inside. Many Houstonians remain unable to return home and the city predicts a 10-year recovery, barring future calamities.

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Detroit Group Helps In Recovery From Harvey

This article originally appeared in the Jewish Herald-Voice on June 7, 2018.

A group of alumni from Repair the World’s PeerCorps Detroit went to Houston May 30, Memorial Day Weekend, to volunteer and aid in the continued recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. They volunteered with Door l’Door (which provides new mezuzahs to families that may have lost them in disaster), Undies for everyone, SBP and West Street Recovery.

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Memorial Day Weekend: Repair The World PeerCorps Alumni From Detroit To Aid Hurricane Harvey Recovery

This article originally appeared on This Week in Texas on May 30, 2018.

By Steve Pardue

A group of alumni from Repair the World’s PeerCorps Detroit (they were high school students during the program and now are college students) went to Houston for volunteer service and learning to aid in the continued recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. In Houston they volunteered with Door l’door, Undies for everyone, SBP, and West Street Recovery.

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Repair the World’s PeerCorps Detroit Visits Houston to Aid in Hurricane Repairs

This article originally appeared on Hot in Houston on June 3, 2018.

When hurricane recovery is still in progress months later after the huge disaster, Repair the World’s PeerCorps Detroit alumni decided to make Houston their destination for volunteer service in continued recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey.

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US College Graduates Take Up Faith-Based Service

This story originally appeared in The Christian Science Monitor on May 31, 2018.

By Dan Lothian

From New York City to Los Angeles, college graduates are signing up for faith-based service before hitting the job market. Faith service groups are often more trusted in inner city communities, have ties to well-established leaders, and have a built-in network of local supporters. “I’m really not taking a year off, I’m taking a year on,” says Miriam Lipschutz, a volunteer growing fresh produce at the Jewish non-profit organization Repair the World.

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Reflections and Learnings on 10 Months of “Act Now”

This article originally appeared in eJewish Philanthropy on May 25, 2018.

By Laura Belinfante

Act Now. It’s vague but attention-grabbing. It is a command to do something. The “what,” of course, is open to interpretation. For years, Repair the World has used the words, “Act Now,” in the context of MLK Day to call on and to empower young Jews to engage in local service opportunities and learn about racial justice (the campaign name itself derived from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s repeated call to act with “the fierce urgency of now”). On each MLK Day, a national day of service, we helped organize and curate volunteer service throughout the country and offered relevant resources to help spur challenging conversations and reflections. By most measures, the campaigns were successful.

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Diana G. | Repair the World

This article originally appeared on Charm City Spotlight on May 22, 2018.

What brought you to Baltimore?
I grew up in Baltimore County. In 2016, I began working in the city, and I moved to Remington in the summer of 2017. I have loved every minute of it! I love spending time by the harbor, going to the numerous parks, and checking out new restaurants or hole-in-the-wall bars.

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