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5 Things to Do This MLK Weekend

This article originally appeared in The New York Times on Thursday January 13th, 2022.

On Monday only, when Martin Luther King’s Birthday is celebrated, the nonprofit Repair the World will lead museum visitors in packing baby supplies for Little Essentials, a charity assisting low-income families.

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Six Ways to Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in Pittsburgh

This article originally appeared in Pittsburgh Magazine on January 11th 2022

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy released details Tuesday about its park clean-up efforts through the Park Champion Clean-Up Program. The agency is encouraging Pittsburghers to sign up for solo or small-group clean- =ups on Martin Luther King Jr. Day next Monday, allowing for a safe and socially distanced act of service.

The Park Champion Clean-Up Program is an ongoing volunteer effort to remove debris and litter from the city’s parks. Park Champions can select which park, what day and the time they’d like to participate. It’s a year-round endeavor, but conservancy officials say it’s also a great way to honor King’s legacy and work.

“Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is important every day but especially on MLK Day,” Erin Tobin, Community Engagement Manager for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, said in a press release. “Caring for Pittsburgh’s parks and working together to ensure that they remain clean, safe spaces for everyone is a great way to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.”

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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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Happy Hanukkah! It’s time to act boldly

Happy Hanukkah! This holiday always reminds me of the Jewish people’s optimism. The Maccabees could have looked at the small amount of oil available to them and said, “What’s the point?” Instead, they summoned their hope and lit their lamp. And, of course, a miracle ensued.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Repair the World decided to embrace the Jewish value of na’aseh v’nishma, action and learning. We channeled the spirit of the Maccabees and acted boldly in the face of uncertainty, forging a coalition of Jewish organizations and expanding our programming to meet urgent needs in communities around the country. 

A year later, the result is a thriving Jewish Service Alliance (JSA) and expanded direct programming including a part-time stipended service corps that offers young Jews and their peers the opportunity to serve and learn with local nonprofits. So far, 809 corps members (and counting!) have served across the U.S. Over 90% praised the program for giving them a chance to do good through a Jewish lens.

The JSA is evidence that the Jewish service movement is growing, but that growth is no miracle. Our movement relies on investments from everyday champions of social change — like you. 

Thank you for powering a movement that’s touching lives and transforming communities.

Cindy Greenberg (she/her)

President and CEO

Hanukkah, tikkun olam: Continuing to light the way – opinion

This article originally appeared in The Jerusalem Post on November 22, 2021.
When you dedicate yourself to building a more just world, it’s natural to focus on how much remains to be done in pursuit of such a lofty goal. Tikkun olam, the Jewish value of repairing the world, is an uphill struggle.
Baked into Repair the World’s core organizational values is an acknowledgment that our work will never be finished, yet that doesn’t deter us from advancing it. The Jewish people are called upon to leave our communities stronger than we found them, to make a significant contribution and then to hand the unfinished efforts off to future generations.
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