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#Give828 – Support Black-led Service Partners

At the heart of our work of mobilizing Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world is a commitment to service through an anti-racist lens. Today, Repair the World is joining #Give828, a national day of giving focused specifically on supporting Black-led and Black-benefitting organizations. 

#Give828 isn’t like other fundraising campaigns. This day takes place during Black Philanthropy Month and commemorates multiple important events in Black American history, including the murder of Emmett Till, the delivery of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, DC, the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, and then-Senator Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination for president.

#Give28 2020 comes at a critical time. The disproportionate deaths in Black communities from COVID-19 and the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other unarmed Black Americans that have sparked waves of protests illustrate the urgent and ongoing need for resources that directly support Black communities. Today, we’re highlighting Black-led service partners throughout our Repair the World Communities, and we hope you’ll join us in making a gift to support their critical work as we express the Jewish value of התחזקות [heet-chaz-koot], strengthening one another.

Atlanta

  • The Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center (SWEEAC) serves more than 48,000 families & distributes over 1,000,000 pounds of food to families in the communities of Atlanta. https://www.sweeac.org/donate
  • Rebecca’s Tent provides basic comforts and offers life skills training, access to community resources and the essential human services needed to help women rise up and work toward stability and independence. https://rebeccastent.org/
  • PAW Kids provides community support and activities to support holistic development and build self-confidence. https://www.pawkids.org/get-involved

Baltimore

  • The Safe Alternative Foundation for Education provides learning opportunities in West Baltimore and hosts one of Repair Baltimore’s VolunTeams, a group of volunteers who visit the center once a month to do career workshops. https://www.safealternative.org/donate

Brooklyn

Chicago

  • My Block, My Hood, My City provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood by taking students on explorations focused on STEM, arts & culture, citizenry & volunteerism, and more. https://www.formyblock.org/

Detroit

  • The Georgia Street Community Collective combines community gardening and gathering spaces for youth in Detroit,. http://www.georgiastreetcc.com/
  • N.E.W. L.E.A.F. Detroit is an environmental organization that aims to educate people about climate change, as well as assist them in adapting to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. https://www.newleafdetroit.org/take-action

Harlem

Miami

  • Miami Children’s Initiative seeks to break the cycle of poverty in Liberty City, Miami with a “block-by-block approach”, and by focusing on the growth and development of the city’s youth through the establishment of community partnerships. http://miamichildrensinitiative.com/
  • Health in the Hood provides access to fresh foods and health education in low-income neighborhoods, putting children on the path to healthy futures. [12/18] https://www.healthinthehood.org/donate
  • GreenWorks (a fund of the Miami Foundation) provides environmental programs and green job training to incarcerated men and women, youth remanded by court to drug rehab and at-risk high-school youth in low-income neighborhoods. https://miamifoundation.org/

Pittsburgh

  • The African Healing Garden in Pittsburgh is a place to restore wholeness to mind, body, and spirit, and will provide an outdoor classroom for children’s activities. https://www.gofundme.com/f/african-healing-garden 
  • Grounded PGH transforms vacant lots into vibrant community spaces and provides tools, resources, and connections so individuals can create the change that’s best for their community. https://groundedpgh.org/donate/
  • 1Hood Media is a collective of socially conscious artists and activists who utilize art as a means of raising awareness about matters affecting people around the world. They build liberated communities through art, education, and social justice. https://www.1hood.org/

Jewish tradition implores us to come together as a community in our efforts to tackle the difficult work of building a more just world. To learn more about #Give828 and to support their work, visit their website. Thank you for helping us as we take action to pursue a world grounded in racial justice and Jewish values.

For young Jews with time on their hands, new service program proves a boon

This originally appeared in the Forward on August 2, 2020. 

Powered by Repair the World, Serve the Moment is providing many young people with a desire to commit to service a chance to serve while helping to meet the unprecedented needs of low income communities and communities of color.

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Systemic racism and inequity are real. Jewish service is part of the solution.

This originally appeared in The New York Jewish Week on July 31, 2020. 

“Jewish tradition and the value of tikkun olam (repair the world) teach the importance of showing up for others, particularly in times of sickness and crisis. Inspired by this teaching, I was determined to find ways to leverage my privilege and experience to create meaningful change and to support my partners from afar. I was not alone. Although we were spread out across the country, the New York team at Repair came together virtually and began creatively reimagining what volunteering and showing up for our community could look like in this challenging, unprecedented time.” – Haley Schusterman, a 2019-20 Repair the World Harlem Food Justice Fellow

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Repair the World Philadelphia Update

As you know, the current pandemic is causing many organizations to have to pivot and change programming in very hard ways. Although we are in better shape than many of our peer organizations, in order to insure a strong financial future for Repair the World, we’ve made the difficult decision to close our Philadelphia Repair program at the end of this program year.

We would like to express our personal appreciation for Dani, Kari, Monét, and Jamie for all of their amazing efforts this year. This year has come with many challenges even before COVID-19 and the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Antwon Rose, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Marsha P. Johnson, Mike Brown, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tyquarn Malik Graves, and too many others who we have lost. We are grateful for how they’ve continued to show up and build community during these times.

We would also like to thank our alumni, former staff, collaborators, and partners over the last seven years in Philadelphia. We recognize that without the support and loyalty of everyone involved with our Philadelphia program that we never could have thrived for as long as we did or had the impact we had hoped for. It’s been a meaningful 7 years.

Kari has been with us since almost day one of Repair the World Philadelphia and we are incredibly grateful for their stewardship of our workshop. The place that the workshop holds in the West Philadelphia community is largely due to Kari’s love and care.

Dani moved back to Philadelphia to be a Team Leader after serving in Brooklyn and after her second year in service we made the smart move of hiring her as the Philadelphia Program Associate. She rose quickly through the ranks because she has always been such a great advocate for Repair the World Philadelphia and for our work. Dani’s optimism has always shined through and is reflected in the community she has built with all of our partners over the years. We are incredibly grateful to Dani as she has put her heart and soul into Repair. Thank you Dani!

While we will no longer have a physical presence in Philadelphia we still have many ways that you can volunteer and engage with us in service. 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.

Gratz College Pledges Partnership and Support for Repair the World Fellows, Alumni, and Staff 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Zack Block, [email protected]

Gratz College Pledges Partnership and Support for Repair the World Fellows, Alumni, and Staff 

Philadelphia, PA — Repair the World, a National Jewish social justice service organization, and 125 year old Gratz College today announced a strategic partnership to support current fellows and alumni of Repair the World Communities fellowship and Repair the World staff who are accepted to any of Gratz College’s master’s degree or graduate certificate programs. 

Gratz College is excited about partnering with Repair the World to provide its fellows, alumni, and staff members with graduate degrees that will compliment their Repair the World experience, better preparing them to continue making impactful changes in their communities and beyond” said Debbie Aron, Director of Nonprofit Management programs at Gratz College. 

The Communities year-long fellowship program connects Jewish young adults with local opportunities to make a meaningful difference in their community. Philadelphia is one of seven cities where the program currently operates. As a result of this partnership, Repair fellows, alumni, and staff will receive:

  • Waived $50 application fee
  • Tuition reduction of at least 20% for all masters programs other than the Master of Education (M.Ed.) for the length of the degree.
    • Master of Education (M.Ed.) students will receive the discounted tuition rate received by Philadelphia School District educators.
  • Qualified applicants will be eligible for Midcareer Fellowships through an outside foundation. Currently, the qualifications are: 5 years since undergraduate degree, 3 years working in a Jewish organization, American citizen. The fellowships are currently available for the following programs: M.S. in Nonprofit Management, M.A. in Jewish Communal Service, M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies, Master of Education (M.Ed.) – Jewish Instructional Education concentration, and M.S. in Camp Administration & Leadership.
  • Consideration for additional merit-based aid based on the strength of the application for admission and submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“I am grateful that Repair the World has formed a strategic partnership with Gratz College, a long standing institution formative to my own personal and professional growth” said Dani Horn, Program Director of Repair the World Philadelphia and 2011 Gratz Jewish Community High School Alumni. “Repair Fellows, alumni and staff can continue to expand their social justice learning in an environment that addresses evolving societal needs.” 

Gratz has grown from a Jewish teacher’s college in the 1890’s to a vibrant online graduate institution that addresses evolving societal needs by offering degree programs for educators and nonprofit professionals in the Jewish and secular communities. Programs include but are not limited to the M.S. in Nonprofit Management, M.A. in Jewish Communal Service, Master of Education (M.Ed.) and the newly formed M.A. in Human Rights.  Today Gratz’s reach extends to educating students in eight countries and thirty-eight states. 

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.

Jewish Nonprofits Launch Nationwide Volunteer Drive to Respond to Pandemic, Social-Justice Needs

This originally appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on July 6, 2020. 

Serve the Moment plans to develop a directory of volunteering opportunities across the country.

Key focus areas include tutoring low-income children, conducting welfare assessments of older adults, providing food to the hungry, and mobilizing volunteers whose skills can help nonprofits responding to the pandemic, economic downturn, and social-justice protests.

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Clevelanders to take part in Jewish community service initiative

This originally appeared in the Cleveland Jewish News on July 1, 2020.

“It was after seeing young peoples’ desire to give back that Repair the World, a national Jewish group to mobilize Jews pursuing a more just world in their own communities, presented “Serve the Moment” to Northeast Ohio. The program is a national initiative created by the Jewish Service Alliance to engage Jewish young adults in a national total of 100,000 acts of community service throughout the year, addressing the pandemic and pushing for social justice.”

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Service for a Strong Future

This originally appeared on Youtube on June 25, 2020. 

Watch as Repair the World’s President & CEO, Cindy Greenberg, CEO of Points of Light, Natalye Paquin, CEO of Service Year, Jesse Colvin, and philanthropist, Laura Lauder, communicate the importance of national service and volunteerism — and of the needs and opportunities within this critical sector — during the pandemic and beyond.

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New Jewish Service Alliance Launches “Serve the Moment” with Plans for One Hundred Thousand Acts of Jewish Service

This originally appeared in eJewish Philanthropy on June 18, 2020. 

The Jewish Service Alliance recently announced the launch of Serve the Moment, an initiative to mobilize tens of thousands of young adults and college students in 100,000 acts of meaningful service and learning to address the COVID-19 crisis, its economic fallout, and the current movement for racial justice.

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A ‘Super Fund’ Aims to Keep Jewish Nonprofit World From Sinking

This originally appeared in The New York Jewish Week on June 2, 2020.

“JCRIF finalized millions of dollars in initial grants to several nonprofits, including the Foundation for Jewish Camp, which partners with hundreds of day and overnight camps; Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools; and Repair the World, a service and social justice group that plans to launch a national service initiative geared to include camp counselors who have been sidelined this summer by the extensive closures due to the coronavirus.”

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