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Empowering Young Adults to Make the World a Better Place

This post originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy on September 8, 2016

By David Cygielman

The concept of a “service project” is one that is incredibly familiar to most Millennials from their years of school and youth involvement. From food drives in middle school to volunteering at homeless shelters with friends for high school volunteer hours, today’s millenials have grown up in a culture of giving back to the community. But in a typical young adults’ daily life today, they’re far less likely to encounter opportunities for actual service work.

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Repairing the World, Charm City-Style

This post originally appeared on JMORE Baltimore JEwish Living in September 2016.

By Haydee M. Rodriguez

“GSD” – the acronym for “getting stuff done” – is the mantra of Repair the World, a national nonprofit organization that aims to connect Jewish millennials to community organizing and service opportunities in Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

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Millennials Want To Serve. Jewish Tradition Tells Them How.

This post originally appeared on JTA on September 5, 2016

By David Eisner

When lowering my shoulder, planting my feet and pushing hard to make something happen, I love to reflect on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s exhortation to act with “the fierce urgency of now.”

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Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Groups Connect Black, Jewish History in Hill Bus Tour

This post originally appeared on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 5, 2016

By Diana Nelson Jones

We don’t etch much anymore, at least not in stone, but thanks to our forebears, the etching of words and dates on buildings keeps us aware of the transitions our places have gone through.  It was thrilling the first time I toured the Hill District on a bus, in 2005, to see etched names in Hebrew, the torah in an oval cartouche above the entrance of the Hill House’s Blakey Program Center, and stars of David on Baptist and AME churches.

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A Changing Crown Heights Marks 25 Years Since Brooklyn ‘Pogrom’

This post originally appeared on JTA on August 15, 2016

Growing up she had no communication with Jews, Lewis said.

“Sometimes you’d be at the same park or walk past each other. Who does that? It was ‘why are we so different? Why is everything so isolated?’ There was no one to explain that,” she said.

Young volunteers from Repair the World now work with local black churches, senior centers and community gardens to help build capacity for other volunteers. The group’s storefront space also serves as a community resource, offering help with voter registration and public services, and a venue where community organizations — from an entrepreneurship program for black teens to a Jewish women’s prayer service — meet, said Cindy Greenberg, executive director of Repair the World New York City.

About two years ago, Lewis attended a Repair the World Shabbat dinner that brought together longtime African- and Caribbean-American residents and some of the liberal Jewish newcomers. It was the first time she had the chance to sit down and talk with Jews.

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As Crown Heights Changes, A Jewish Landscape Diversifies

This post originally appeared on The New York Jewish Week on August 15, 2016

By Amy Sara Clark 

Hipsters, Modern Orthodox transplants and a growing progressive wing within Chabad are redefining both sides of Eastern Parkway.

Repair the World which partners with community organizations to provide Jews with the chance to volunteer in the areas of food justice and education, chose to open in Crown Heights because it is both an area “where service is needed” and also one that was attracting a large population of millennial Jews.

“It was already very obvious that as young people were getting out of Park Slope and even Prospect Heights, they were moving to Crown Heights. And we knew there were not a lot of resources there for non-chasidic Jews,” said Cindy Greenberg Repair the World’s NYC director. The storefront location is “also meant to be a hub for Jewish innovation in the neighborhood,” and hosts a bevy of other Jewish and non-Jewish groups.

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Jim Joseph Foundation Awards Over $17m for Jewish Education

This post originally appeared on Haaretz on June 19, 2016

By JTA

The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded more than $17.4 million in new grants, primarily for Jewish education in the United States. The Foundation for Jewish Camp, or FJC, Repair the World and a new umbrella group for North American Jewish day schools across the denominational spectrum received the largest grants.

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Engaging with Jewish Millennials about Peoplehood

This post originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy on June 13, 2016

By Liz Fisher

What does it take to engage Jewish Millennials with Peoplehood? Let’s start by changing the question. Let’s reframe the topic to: Engaging with Jewish Millennials about Peoplehood. Instead of creating a divide and thinking about what it takes “us” to engage “them” with Peoplehood, let’s embrace them as part of the Jewish People and engage with them in a collective conversation about Peoplehood.

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Featured Grantee: Repair the World

This post originally appeared on Jim Joseph Foundation on May 4, 2016

By Jim Joseph Foundation

It’s not that the Jewish piece makes me like volunteering more, the volunteering makes me like my Judaism more.
– Volunteer with Repair the World
Since 2009, Repair the World has worked to make volunteer service a defining element of American Jewish life.

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They Came To ‘Repair the World’

This post originally appeared on New Jersey Jewish News on April 27, 2016

By NJJN

An energetic corps of area teens chose to spend the afternoon of Sunday, April 17, “repairing the world.” They were not alone; more than 11,000 Jewish teens took part in J-Serve, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, in communities around the globe. Sponsored this year in partnership with Repair the World, Youth Service America, and BBYO, it is a day when young people perform mitzvot and acts of tzedaka to “give back” in their communities.

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