Redefining Jewish Education: Federations’ Goals for a New Century

This piece was originally posted on eJewish Philanthropy on January 29, 2019.

By Ann Pava

In the Old City of Jerusalem a 24 year old wanders the streets without a group for the first time. On MASA, she has an opportunity to build her autonomy, confidence, and competence, all along ancient Jewish streets.

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Tu B’Shevat, MLK Day Has Weekend of Events

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Exponent on January 17, 2019.

By Selah Maya Zighelboim

Tu B’Shevat and Martin Luther King Jr. Day both fall on Jan. 21 this year, resulting in a three-day weekend full of volunteer opportunities.

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Repair the World’s MLK Weekend Volunteer Oportunities

This article originally appeared on NY Blueprint on January 28, 2019.

(Jan. 17-21) — Check out a plethora of events to make the world better, all of them happening right here in NYC. Click on link at right for the list of opportunities.

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7 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend

This post originally appeared in the NY Times on January 17, 2019.

By Laurel Graeber

I HAVE A DREAM CELEBRATION at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Jan. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). The civil rights movement involved not only adults, but children, too. At this event, museum visitors can honor Martin Luther King’s Birthday by learning about young people’s contributions to the struggle for equality while emulating the movement’s values. They can work with Repair the World to pack bags of warm clothing for the homeless clients of Camba, a Brooklyn nonprofit; examine historical objects from the civil rights era; decorate buttons with quotations from Martin Luther King Jr.; and make drawings and posters about their own dreams for their communities. The day will culminate with a reading of Monica Clark-Robinson’s book “Let the Children March,” about the anti-segregation youth protests in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. Afterward, attendees will carry their own signs in a museumwide parade for justice and peace. (Details are on the website.)

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Expanding the Table: Chavruta as a Partnership Model

This article originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy on January 8, 2019.

By Aliza Kline and  Sarit Wishnevski

The January issue of Sh’ma Now explores the Jewish sensibility of “chavruta/learning partnerships – whether the traditional study method of the beit midrash could be applied to other arenas where we work in partnered ways. What might we draw and apply from the pedagogy of chavruta? The issue includes essays by Zac Kamenetz who contextualizes chavruta for readers; Orit Kent and Allison Cook, who share the underpinnings of the pedagogy; Aliza Kline & Sarit Wishnevski, who examine models where Jewish organizations collaborate more effectively; and Joshua Avedon, who draws on the work of community organizer Saul Alinksy to examine the potential successes and failures of collaborative partnerships. Each issue of Sh’ma Now includes a discussion guide, Consider and Converse, providing conversational prompts and NiSh’ma, where three commentators examine a line from a talmudic story about the unexpected outcomes of arguing.

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What to do this week in Pittsburgh: Jan. 14-20, 2019

This article originally appeared on The Incline on January 13, 2019.

By Rossilynne Culgan

Several important community conversations are planned for this week, from a talk with Trayvon Martin’s mom to a discussion about racial inequity in local schools to a meet-up about women in the workplace.

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Opinion | Service in Philly: A Chance to Engage and Reflect

This editorial originally appeared in The Jewish Exponent on January 11, 2019.

By Abe Baker-Butler

Earlier this fall, turkey, stuffing, family and gratitude filled our homes and hearts. As we sat around the table, we caught up with relatives, perhaps navigated fraught discussions of politics and likely thought about the blessings for which we are thankful.

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Religious Leaders Say Pittsburgh’s ‘Spiritual Steel Curtain’ Will Stand Firm In 2019

This story originally ran on 90.5WESA on January 2, 2019.

By Megan Harris & Kiley Koscinski

Nearly 10 weeks ago, Pittsburgh was shaken by a deadly mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. The city’s resilience in the face of tragedy gripped the nation.

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What’s Your #ServiceStrength?

This article originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy on January 3, 2019.

In a world where mattresses are customized to people’s bodies, coffee drinks reflect elaborate personal tastes, and nearly any product can be ordered and delivered with a click of a button, meaningful volunteer work now can be catered to participants in the same way. That’s the mentality behind Repair the World’s new, fun online quiz, “What’s Your #ServiceStrength?,” designed to connect users to service experiences aligned with their passions, interests, and amount of time they want to serve.

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New York Teens Head to Philly to Volunteer

This article originally ran in the Jewish Exponent on December 25, 2018.

Repair the World Philadelphia and J-Teen Leadership, a program of UJA-Federation of New York, partnered to bring New York teens to Philadelphia to engage in service and learning around education justice, community health care and food insecurity. The 21 teens served an estimated 1,500 people in the Greater Philadelphia area through service organizations Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia, Jewish Relief Agency (JRA), Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden, Markoe Street Community Garden, Philadelphia Fight and others.

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