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Repair the World Welcomes New COO Angel Alvarez-Mapp as it Expands Efforts to Make Service a Defining Element of American Jewish Life

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Contact: Jason Edelstein, 510-239-1102

Repair the World Welcomes New COO Angel Alvarez-Mapp as it Expands Efforts to Make Service a Defining Element of American Jewish Life

January 7, 2022 — Reflecting the organization’s growth and expanded efforts to mobilize Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, Repair the World announced that Angel Alvarez-Mapp (he/him) is joining its executive team as Chief Operating Officer. Alvarez-Mapp will help lead the organization during this unprecedented period with new organizational partnerships, expanded service programs, and other opportunities and resources to make service a defining element of American Jewish life. Alvarez-Mapp joins Repair following almost three years at the Jews of Color Initiative as their Senior Director of Operations.

“I am thrilled to join Repair the World at this moment of such great opportunity,” says Angel Alvarez-Mapp, incoming Chief Operating Officer of Repair the World. “Young adults are eager to create change and address social inequity. With its broad reach and partnerships in communities across the country, Repair is incredibly well positioned to have a deep and meaningful impact. I feel privileged to join such a talented team with a commitment to live out Jewish values.”

Angel is a seasoned nonprofit professional who brings with him a combination of extensive experience leading nonprofits and developing comprehensive strategic plans, a wealth of expertise in operational strategies, a passion for national service and creating rich service experiences, and a commitment to fostering communal support for Jews of Color. 

Angel studied Business Administration at St. Mary’s College of California, and Graphic Design at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco. He serves on the board of directors of Keshet, an organization working for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life. Angel lives in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles with his fiancée, Danielle Natelson, and can be found in the kitchen on Fridays baking challah.

“We are very excited to welcome Angel to the team as the Jewish service movement continues our vital and timely work strengthening our communities in, hitchazkut,” adds Cindy Greenberg, President and CEO of Repair the World. “No matter where young Jewish adults are, no matter how their Jewishness manifests, we can show them that meaningful service and learning in pursuit of a just world is a Jewish practice that’s accessible throughout their lives. Angel has the experience and knowledge to help Repair bring this vision to fruition.”

In 2021, Repair received a $7 million gift from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett to help grow its work to an unprecedented scale as many American Jews say that working for justice and equality is essential to being Jewish. Additionally, the Jewish Service Alliance (JSA), which is powered by Repair the World, received a $5.8 million Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) Reset grant to leverage partnerships nationally and locally to elevate service and learning and bring more Jewish depth to this growing field. 

 The pandemic has exacerbated inequalities that young adults see around them—and that some experience themselves—and increased the care needed by many of their neighbors. Jewish young adults also are concerned about rising anti-Semitism and polarization within the Jewish community. 

Last year, Repair the World reached over 36,000 volunteers who contributed over 160,000 hours of service and learning to nonprofit partners across the country between August 2020-July 2021. Repair continues to expand these and other meaningful service efforts. 

Angel’s selection is the culmination of an extensive and robust national search process by a search committee in partnership with the search firm Heidrick & Struggles.

 

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Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. We believe service in support of social change is vital to a flourishing Jewish community and an inspired Jewish life. By 2030, Repair will inspire and catalyze one million acts of service towards repairing the world.

There is good happening in the world

This article originally appeared in Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle on January 5th 2022

Just two weeks ago, I had the good fortune of coordinating an unusual experience with 35 volunteers from the UPstander community of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Loving Kindness, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Repair the World Pittsburgh. The morning before Christmas, we delivered 850 meals from Salem’s Restaurant to Afghan refugees living in all parts of our city. I knew this day would be meaningful to the people we serve, but I had no idea how personally fulfilling it would be to the volunteers and to me.

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Repair the World Atlanta bolsters Atlanta nonprofits

This article originally appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 5th 2022

“We saw needs across our Atlanta community rise sharply during the pandemic–with more Atlanta residents facing increased food insecurity and poverty to worsening educational disparities,” said Lily Brent, the executive director of Repair the World Atlanta. “At the same time, young people were experiencing increased isolation, loneliness and mental and emotional health challenges due to social distancing.”

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A panel that highlights the Black-Jewish community relationship in Hill District history

This article originally appeared in Pennsylvania News Today on January 4th 2022

The event was described as “a conversation about the clear and overlapping history of the black and Jewish community in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District district,” with panelist ACH Clear Pathways director Tyian Battle and Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives director Eric Lidji. , The Hill District Community will participate. Leader Terry Baltimore and local artist Rochelle Blumenfeld.The panel is moderated by Boom concept Co-founder DS Kinsel.

According to Jess Gold, Program Manager at Repair the World Pittsburgh, the virtual panel is part of a long-standing partnership between Repair the World, historian Eric Lidji, and Terri Baltimore, who has been in the Hill area for over 20 years. is. Take Repair the World staff and fellows on a historic tour of the Hill area.

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Panel to spotlight Black and Jewish community relations of Hill District’s history

This article originally appeared in PGH City Paper on January 2nd 2022

On Thu., Jan. 13 at 6 p.m., Jewish community service organization Repair the World Pittsburgh will host a virtual panel discussion called “Black and Jewish Histories of the Hill District.”

Program organizers hope that by understanding the historic “collaborations and tensions” between Black and Jewish communities in the Hill District, Pittsburghers today can gain insight into the city’s current social and political dynamics.

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Food Packing for Greater Boston Food Bank

This article originally appeared in JewishBoston on December 24th 2021

Base BSTN and Repair the World Boston are teaming up for a chance to serve our community this MLK weekend. We’ll be packing food to be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England. Their goal is to make meals available to every person in need three times a day through their food bank, distributing at schools and senior community centers, mobile food markets and more.

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Defining Service Through Meaningful Partnerships

Andrew Belinfante (he/him), Director of Engagement for JDC Entwine, an organization building a generation of young Jews who lead and live a life of action with global Jewish responsibility at its core, sees the partnership with Repair the World as essential to engaging Entwine’s participants when they return home in meaningful service across communities. 

The partnership with Repair has refined his views and definition of true service.  “If you asked me years ago, I don’t know that I would have been able to define service. As Jews, we really needed a definition for service and a call to work toward a goal of advancing service in communities and even nationally. I think Repair actually created the definition. That’s no small feat and it will help ensure that Jews all over, regardless of demographic or denomination or ethnicity or identity, understand that at the core of what it means to be a Jewish person in the world is to advance service in some way and get involved in making service a priority.”

When JDC Entwine participants return home, Repair gives them the community tools to continue serving, directly impacting their local community.  “We value and appreciate this partnership because it enables us to deepen the outcomes of our program. Our programs are better because of Repair the World,” he says.  “Repair the World has totally changed the game on what Jewish service looks like.”

“What I find to be most meaningful, in addition to the work itself that’s being done, is that we are opening up not just the minds but the hearts of people all over the world to critically think about the needs of their local communities,” says Andrew. “An entire generation of people are actually having different types of conversations rooted in their Jewish values because of Repair. We are taking an opportunity to teach people about intention and responsibility, and Repair is giving them opportunities to take action.”

As just one example, Entwine’s “Global to Local” toolkit developed with Repair helps people embrace DIY – from volunteering, to service, or even hosting a global Shabbat dinner. “It’s an individual guide to engaging in service and volunteering in your hometown,” Andrew continues. “It’s a beautiful reflection of the way that I believe both Repair and Entwine see the work of service happening in the world. It became a really significant part of the program model that we’ve built out for our leadership program.”

Through the partnership, Andrew sees a definite shift to a more substantive structure of service through JDC Entwine. Entwine often shows people what service looks like across global communities but it now has concrete tools to share so participants can build on their global experiences to give back. “It’s one thing to say to people ‘we hope that you’ve learned lessons, now go out into the world and make change.’ But now we actually can say, ‘here’s a way you can do that.’ It’s given us more opportunities to engage people post-program and deepen those outcomes of their experiences.”

Andrew Belinfante is a community builder and activist living in New York City. As the current Director of Engagement at JDC Entwine, he travels the world connecting global Jews and building awareness around humanitarian aid and disaster relief work.

 

Bringing Judaism to Life

Jessica Herrman is the Director of Jewish Service Learning for Moishe House, who provides a vibrant Jewish community for young adults by supporting leaders in their 20s as they create meaningful home-based Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers, but her Jewish service journey began when she started serving with Repair the World as a Philadelphia fellow in 2017. “I really was able to find my passion for helping people connect to Judaism. Through my time serving with Repair, I realized that a lot of people don’t see service and Judaism as connected. Being able to bridge the gap was something that I found truly inspiring and impactful, and led me on the path that I am on today.”

Now, she brings her passion for Jewish service to her work at Moishe House and their partnership with Repair. “Bringing Judaism to life in a way that deeply connects with young adults today is important, and a key aspect of that is through service and through repairing the world, tikkun olam,” Jessica said.  “Tikkun olam is grounded in all of the work and programming that happens at Moishe house.  Our partnership with Repair the World makes sense because we are engaging with the young Jewish adult population and striving to infuse tikkun olam across that community.”

Keeping Judaism relevant and timely is the key to engaging young Jews, according to Jessica.  “Learning more about Jewish traditions and Jewish values and making them alive today—and not have them simply sit within a text that is 2,000 or 5,000 years old—is a great component of the partnership.” 

One specific project for Moishe House was focusing on May 9, or Victory Day, a significant national holiday in Russia.  “For a lot of our communities that are Russian speaking Jews, and for our houses in the former Soviet Union (FSU), we were looking for ways to relight that passion for tikkun olam. Through our partnership with Repair The World, we came up with a Victory Day Tikkun Olam program.”  

The program provides different resources on how to plan and lead effective volunteering opportunities, how to partner with communities, how to ground the work in Jewish values, and how to build community around service. Different communities in the FSU and Russian speaking Jewish communities in the U.S. now participate in service honoring the holiday—something that Jessica says probably would not have happened without the partnership.

“One of the key values of Moishe House is community, and that value is brought to life throughout this partnership every single day,” Jessica says. “We don’t only strengthen the community among Moishe House residents through our partnership with Repair, but also strengthen the communities in our Moishe House cities within their communities and beyond the walls of their houses.”

The partnership with Repair the World has significantly impacted Moishe House’s view and focus on service.  “Now we’re thinking about infusing service learning into all of our retreats, even if service isn’t the main focus, we are looking at infusing it beyond just our house programs and making it something that connects our entire Moishe universe in the global community.”

 

Jessica is Moishe House’s Director of Jewish Service Learning & coaches community builders on “how to” create and plan Jewish Service Learning programs, and provides tips on content, pedagogy and programming. In partnership with the Jewish Education team and Repair the World, Jessica cultivates serious Jewish learning and a deep commitment to service.

 

 

Discovering New Ways to Serve

Jay (he/him) grew up in a family where service and giving back were important. “I grew up through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts so volunteering and giving back to the community was significant growing up. In addition to Boy Scouts, my family also served with Jewish and Family Child Services Massachusetts, delivering food to those who were food insecure. And through that I learned how vital volunteerism is to making sure that the vital needs of many community members are met.”

Jay originally learned about Repair the World through a former fellow and classmate, Monica Sager. “She told me it was a great opportunity to give back. Of course, during Covid I haven’t had a lot of time to volunteer, so I thought this would be great way to get back into volunteering and to give back to the community. I applied to be a corps member and interviewed with the wonderful Katie Hamburg. I was accepted and here I am today—engaging in meaningful service.”

Jay notes that the beginning of his time as Service Corps member was deeply impactful for him, and important. “I found it to be very warm and welcoming, an environment where you could thrive and also ask for help,” Jay says. “The different leaders in the program and organizational partners are all open, very warm, very communicative; they want you to succeed.”

At Boston Repair, during Jay’s first cohort he focused on crafting disability policy briefs with The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University. He currently crafts housing policy briefs with The Neighborhood Developers in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Interestingly, these experiences transformed Jay’s vision of “service.” 

“Before coming to the Service Corps I always thought that volunteering was getting out there and physically interacting with your environment—physically packing a bag of food to somebody, stuff like that,” he adds. “And now, I’ve seen through the Service Corps the behind the scenes work of developing policy to help people. This work is just as impactful as giving somebody a bag of food. That’s what really has hit home for me—no matter how someone gives back to the community, we can all be a part of creating change.”

As Jay continues his service, he is hopeful that his current role working with neighborhood developers will continue to give him the opportunity to interact with the public and see a physical attachment to my volunteer work.”  

Find out from Repair Alumni How Service Changes Lives

Repair the World’s fellowship makes an indelible impression on all who participate. This year, the program expanded from one to two years, doubling fellows’ opportunities to build the capacity of local nonprofit service partners and exponentially increasing their growth as Jews, professionals, neighbors, and as citizens.

Hear from seven of our Former Fellows who now work as Repair the World Staff, how service changes lives.

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Tori Burstein (she/her)
Brooklyn 2018-19 

Today: Senior Associate, Office of the President 

“Because of my fellowship, I’m much more engaged in Jewish life. It’s been really influential to have made strong ties to local organizations in the city where I participated in the fellowship, and to have met mentors and colleagues who continue to be so important to me. The Repair alumni community has been essential. I communicate and get together regularly with the folks from my cohort — we even did a Hanukkah gift exchange for the fourth year in a row! It feels great knowing that I have a group of people with similar values, shared interests, and common experience.”


Danna Creager (she/her)
Harlem 2018-19

Today: Development Assistant 

“The Repair Fellowship reaffirmed my passion for food system change by allowing me to work alongside two anti-hunger community based organizations. Working alongside these partners, who directly serve people for whom the current food system is not working, gave me new perspectives and a deeper understanding of how much the food system needs to change.”


Annie Dunn (she/her)
Pittsburgh 2015-16

Today: Senior Program Associate, Pittsburgh

“My fellowship experience granted me the opportunity to engage deeply in authentic relationship building and address food insecurity in public housing communities. Giving of my time and energy to meet immediate community needs fulfilled me in a deeper way than I had previously known. The Repair fellowship granted me the opportunity to explore what gives meaning to my life, and to ultimately live my values out loud.”


Emily Erves (she/her)
Miami 2019-20, NYC 2020-21 

Today: Marketing Assistant

“The most rewarding part of this work was to be able to share common values of service and to support community members who were looking for opportunities to invest in their community in ways that felt particularly meaningful to them. Repair helped elevate my skills as a service leader. I’ve found ways to foster authentic relationships between volunteers and community partners to create sustainable and lasting partnerships.”


Elaine James (she/her)
Pittsburgh 2018-19

Today: Senior Data Associate 

“Being part of the Repair community is very rewarding. Extending the fellowship to two years will allow for even greater buy-in from the fellows. Additionally, with more time to work with their community, they can create deeper relationships than they would in one year. Fellows will be able to take on larger or longer-term projects.”


Rose Osburne (she/her)
Pittsburgh 2018-19

Today: Marketing and Recruitment Associate 

“My time as a Fellow was incredibly special because of the connections I made with the welcoming and wonderful Pittsburgh community. The heartbreaking part was finishing up after only 11 months. By extending the Fellowship to two years, Fellows are going to be provided valuable time to create deeper connections and impactful projects/ideas. This will truly be an investment in themselves and their communities, providing everyone more opportunities to achieve their visions.”


 Sam Sittenfield (he/him)
Pittsburgh 2014-15, Brooklyn 2015-16 

Today: Director of National Partnerships

“Without my experience with Repair the World, I might not have found the ways to plug into the inspiring social justice work in all of the communities where I’ve lived since then. Pursuing the connections between Jewish life and social justice has become such an animating force in my life that my job is now to equip our partner organizations to do the same.”


 

Your investment makes experiences like theirs possible. As 2021 winds down, there’s still time to reaffirm your commitment to our current fellows and other Repair program participants. Will you make a gift today and provide essential resources and training for Repair fellows and the volunteers they work with across the U.S.?