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Chicagoland Jewish community hosting ‘A Day of Racial Justice Learning’

This article originally appeared on ABC7 Chicago on February 5th, 2021.

The Chicagoland Jewish community is hosting a special virtual event this Sunday called, “A Day of Racial Justice Learning.”

Synagogues, organizations and people from Chicagoland’s diverse Jewish community will be tackling the subject of racism with a series of workshops for adults and students, many led by those who identify as Jews of Color.

Repair the World is one of 15+ co-sponsoring organizations.

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The Well & JN’s 36 Under 36: Ellery Rosenzweig

This article originally appeared in The Detroit Jewish News on February 1st, 2021.

Ellery is currently working at Repair the World Detroit as their youth & family engagement associate running PeerCorps Detroit, their teen service-learning program, and supervising Repair fellows in their year of service at Detroit nonprofit organizations.

During the pandemic, she has created an online series for PeerCorps exploring social justice issue areas within the context of COVID-19.

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New Partnership Between Repair the World and The Jewish Theological Seminary 


For Immediate Release
February 1, 2021

Contact: Zack Block, [email protected]
Beth Mayerowitz, [email protected]

New Partnership Between Repair the World and
The Jewish Theological Seminary
Two Organizations Committed to Jewish Education and Social Justice Will Work Together to Prepare the Next Generations of Jewish Leaders

New York, NY — Repair the World, a national Jewish social justice service organization, and The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), a preeminent institution of Jewish higher education, announced a strategic partnership to support alumni of the Repair the World Fellowship, as well as Repair the World staff, by offering discounted tuition for study at JTS.  The Repair the World Fellowship is a 2-year immersive service year for young adults passionate about mobilizing the American Jewish community to volunteer alongside them. Based in one of six Repair the World Communities throughout the United States, Fellows spend two years volunteering with local partners, learning the ins and outs of working at a non-profit, developing their event planning skills, familiarizing themselves with a community, building a nuanced racial justice lens, and getting to know themselves as they work to build a more just world. Fellows will engage the Jewish community through meaningful service learning, Jewish ritual and text, and community programming to mobilize their peers to serve alongside them in partnership with local organizations. Those who complete the program, as well as Repair the World staff, can now deepen their understanding of social justice and Judaism by studying with JTS’s renowned faculty in courses such as Jewish Social Justice, Judaism, Human Rights and Social Justice, Jewish Environmental Ethics, and Modern Jewish History.

“The Jewish Theological Seminary is excited about partnering with Repair the World. The combination of social justice training and higher education instruction can help set students up for a successful career in the social justice sector,” said Missy Present, chief enrollment officer at JTS. “With a graduate education, these students are poised to make a tremendous impact on their communities through a greater understanding of Judaism’s insight into social justice and by learning with a cohort of peers.”

As a result of the partnership, Repair alumni and staff will receive: 

  • Tuition reduction of 65% tuition coverage (not including annual service fees).
  • Qualified applicants will also be eligible for Midcareer Fellowships through an outside foundation, increasing their tuition coverage. Currently, the qualifications are: 5 years since undergraduate degree, 3 years working in a Jewish organization, American citizen.
  • Reduced tuition of $700 per course for a total of $2,800 for those accepted to the certificate program in Jewish Ethics and Social Justice for completing the certificate program (4 courses total over one or two academic years).

More information about Repair the World’s university partnerships can be found by visiting https://werepair.org/universitypartnerships/. 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.  For more information about JTS, visit https://www.jtsa.edu. 

About The Jewish Theological Seminary

JTS is a preeminent institution of Jewish higher education, training thoughtful, innovative leaders—rabbis, cantors, educators, lay leaders, and scholars—who strengthen our communities with a vision of Judaism that is deeply grounded in the Jewish past and thoroughly engaged with contemporary society. JTS also provides high-caliber, lifelong learning and professional development to our alumni, adult learners, and Jewish communities throughout North America. Through its Library, JTS preserves and makes accessible to students and scholars throughout the world the greatest collection of Judaica in the Western Hemisphere.  www.jtsa.edu

I am Great Because I Serve – Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This article originally appeared in Venture Traveller on January 18th, 2021.

Being that we are still in a pandemic, I was not sure where to serve so I called a friend who is socially active. She led me to a website, werepair.com, an organization that mobilizes Jews and their communities to service.  Repair the World Communities, engages young adults in social change around education and food justice in neighborhoods in Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Harlem, Miami, and Pittsburgh. In most communities, a City Director supports a cohort of fellows (ages 21-26) who make a year-long service commitment to Repair the World.

This year, I volunteered for two service projects with Repair the World – one in Brownsville, Brooklyn and the other in Harlem.

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A fellowship year like no other

This article originally appeared in the Baltimore Jewish Times on January 15th, 2021.

The fellowship model is unique in that we work for multiple organizations at once: Repair the World Baltimore, along with two nonprofit partners. I am placed with a couple of inspiring organizations building educational equity in West Baltimore, the Safe Alternative Foundation for Education in Franklin Square, and Promise Heights in Upton & Druid Heights. SAFE runs a middle school learning center, while Promise Heights is the lead organization for a group of community schools, connecting families to wraparound services. In a normal year, most of my work would be centered on volunteer recruitment. In this wildly abnormal year, I’ve instead turned into part-thought partner, outreach coordinator and program planner.

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MLK Day: Local Organizations Honor Dr. King Through Community Service

This video originally appeared on CW69 News at 10 on January 19th, 2021.

Several organizations held virtual events for the holiday, and others were out in the community. Open Hand Atlanta partnered with the Repair the World to deliver meals. Open Hand Atlanta is currently looking for drivers ages 21 and up to deliver meals Monday through Friday. DeKalb County held a short tribute and food distribution. The work continues for these organizations that serve communities every day. “We still have hungry children, we still have a horrible minimum wage,” Omilami said. They’re urging more people to volunteer and keep Dr. King’s legacy alive.

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Repair the World, New York hosts service events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This video originally appeared on NEWS12 on January 18th, 2021.

Repair the World, New York hosted a number of service events to help improve local communities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Friday, they held a painting and lot beautification event at the Brownsville Community Justice Center. Some volunteers used paint to beautify the vacant lot down the street from the center, while others worked on painting a mural in the center’s newly renovated space downstairs. Some of the other projects included card-making, a cleanup effort and interactive Zoom workshops with seniors in isolation.

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Events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This article originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on January 15th, 2021.

Jewish nonprofit Repair the World and Shabbat dinner organizer OpenTable host a free virtual panel at 6 p.m. on unpacking and addressing racism in Pittsburgh’s education system in honor of Dr. King. Moderated by Benjamin Gutschow of Casa San Jose, a resource center for Latin immigrants, the panel includes Nina Barbuto, executive director of the arts and technology center Assemble, Allyce Pinchback Johnson of Pinchback Consulting and Amanda Godley of Pitt’s Graduate School of Education.

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Street Art and Agitprops

This article originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle on January 17th, 2021. 

Join Repair the World for Street Art and Agitprops, a temporary public virtual art workshop with DS Kinsel from Boom Concepts. Learn about temporary public art, discover how to express your voice, and create small scale public art to display in your neighborhood.

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Binds and Bonds: Processing Trauma with Art

This article originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle on January 17th, 2021. 

Join Repair the World for Binds and Bonds: Processing Trauma with Art, a workshop with Dafna Rehavia an artist, a counselor, and an art psychotherapist. Learn about Dafna’s creative practice and take a visual tour of her new art installation on display at BOOM Concepts. Participate in a creative and reflective activity using objects and materials from your home. You may want to create a 2 dimensional or 3-dimensional piece that will reflect on a significant event you experienced. You can also just let the materials lead you.

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