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Support our service partners this #GivingTuesday

Repair the World is grateful to partner with 196 nonprofits across the country, who are giving Repair volunteers the opportunity to offer essential services to meet pressing local needs every day–combating food insecurity, supporting individuals experiencing homelessness, addressing educational inequity, and more. In honor of #PartnerPower, and in the spirit of our organizational values of achdoot (solidarity) and hitchazkut (strengthening each other), Repair is dedicating Giving Tuesday this year to our incredible service partners. 

On Tuesday, November 30th, we encourage you to go local and donate to one of our service partners whose mission resonates with you. Lift up your #PartnerPower this #GivingTuesday!

Hear from a service partner about how their partnership with Repair is strengthening their work.

To find a partner addressing the issues you’re passionate about, take our Service Strength quiz or browse a complete list of our partners across the country below.

REPAIR SERVICE PARTNERS 

ATLANTA

BALTIMORE 

BAY AREA

BOSTON

CHICAGO

CLEVELAND

COLORADO

DETROIT

LOS ANGELES

MIAMI

NEW YORK

PITTSBURGH

VIRTUAL PARTNERS 

How Repair the World’s $5.8 million JCRIF grant will work

This article originally appeared in eJP on November 15th 2021

The field of Jewish service — both its reach and its educational depth — appears poised for a once-in-a-generation transformation in the wake of two multimillion-dollar grants to Repair the World. The Jewish service organization, based in New York City, received a $7 million grant from MacKenzie Scott, while the nearly $6 million grant from the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) is designed to support not only Repair the World, but also seven partner organizations focused on service opportunities for young Jews.

“It’s not just about lifting up Repair. It’s about lifting up the whole field of Jewish service, and remaking a community that is grounded in service to our neighbors,” Repair the World’s CEO, Cindy Greenberg, said. Read the full article here

Community Garden In Pittsburgh Holds Volunteer Events To Help Community Heal After Tree Of Life Shooting

This article originally appeared on October 27, 2021 in KDKA CBS Pittsburgh

Growing vigorously in a vacant East Liberty lot, bursting from its 18 garden beds with things like fresh tomatoes and peppers, the Sheridan Avenue Orchard and Garden has been providing free produce to the community for almost a decade.

“The goal is that people who are walking by know that they can come in, pick some fresh produce, eat it immediately or take it home with them. Anything that’s not collected, we harvest, and take to the food pantry,” said Julie Mallis, executive director for Repair the World Pittsburgh.

But from the very same soil, those who tend to the garden are sowing seeds of hope.

In the wake of the Tree of Life tragedy three years ago Wednesday, the group started using the community garden for annual volunteer events to help those impacted by the tragedy heal from trauma.

“When I’m in mourning or my friends are in mourning, we’ve found that it’s really meaningful to do something that’s giving of the self,” said Maxwell Reiver, a fellow with Repair the World Pittsburgh. Read the full article here

Jewish Service Alliance Expands Efforts to Make Service a Defining Element of American Jewish Life With Support from New JCRIF Reset Grant

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jason Edelstein, 510-239-1102

October 25, 2021 — The Jewish Service Alliance (JSA), powered by Repair the World, today announced major new plans to make service a defining part of American Jewish life with the support of a $5.8 million Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) Reset grant. With this new investment, the JSA’s unprecedented coalition of Jewish engagement organizations will leverage partnerships nationally and locally to elevate service and learning and bring more Jewish depth to this growing field. The Jewish Service Alliance is powered by Repair the World (Repair) and includes Hillel International, Honeymoon Israel, JCC Association, JDC Entwine, JFNA, Moishe House, and OLAM.

“This is a critical moment for the Jewish community to live our values,” says Cindy Greenberg, President and CEO of Repair the World. “If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that our lives are interconnected and there is an urgent need that the Jewish community can address. Generation Z is the most civically engaged generation alive today. 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.”

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. At the same time, the majority of American Jews believe that leading a moral and ethical life (72%) and working for justice and equality (59%) are essential elements of their Jewish identity.

“Jewish college students care more than ever about having a positive social impact, and our partnership with Repair the World has played a crucial role in enabling them to achieve this impact through service,” said Hillel President and CEO Adam Lehman. “We’re thrilled that this new landmark grant will make it possible for even more Jewish college students to take part in deep and meaningful service work that not only strengthens students’ connection to Jewish life, but also enables tangible, positive change in the larger world.”

With JCRIF’s support, the JSA will unlock the enormous reach of its partners to offer meaningful service and learning for tens of thousands of Jewish young adults. This will be done by:

  • Creating infrastructure, offering training, and developing new curriculum to activate Jewish learning opportunities that are accessible and relevant across the Jewish community.
  • Strengthening the role of service within each JSA organization’s core offerings to provide more Jewish young adults and their communities opportunities to serve.
  • Expanding the work to more communities to scale Jewish service to new locations and audiences to reach thousands more Jewish young adults and their communities.

Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO of Jewish Federations of North America, shared “we are grateful to Repair the World and JCRIF for enabling this important work, which will direct resources to Federations and other key partners towards activating the power of service and helping Jewish communities flourish.”

JCRIF funders for this work include the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, and Maimonides Fund, reflecting both new and expanding support. Recipients of JCRIF’s Reset grants were selected through a rigorous process that began with a public Request for Proposals in February 2021, calling for projects that could “seize this unique moment to reimagine, renew, and reset Jewish communities for the future” and offer “new thinking that can move beyond current organizational boundaries, structures, missions, and program delivery mechanisms.”

“The power and impact of the Jewish service movement come from its partnerships,” adds Greenberg. “Different organizations working together, nationally and locally, enable more young adults to engage in Jewish life and learning that is meaningful to them. The JSA deeply appreciates JCRIF’s continued support of this vision, especially the support from new funders, and is excited to see the other innovative ideas and organizations JCRIF is supporting with this round of grants.”

About the JSA
More than 40 Jewish communal partners founded the Jewish Service Alliance in spring 2020 to mobilize young Jews and their communities to meet COVID-19 needs. In its first year, the JSA mobilized tens of thousands of participants and catalyzed 100,000 acts of service and learning to support nonprofit partners, create customized Jewish service partnerships, and run four national issue-area campaigns. The JSA aims to catalyze one million acts of service and learning (AS&L) cumulatively over the coming years.

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Service event commemorates Tree of Life massacre, spreads positivity through art

Kesher Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the 10.27 Healing Partnership and Repair the World Pittsburgh, hosted “Service Setting Stones of Love and Hope,” a commemorative service event designed to bring together members of the community. People gathered to paint stones with messages of kindness and positivity that will be placed across Pittsburgh, wherever its owner sees fit. Read the full article here

Volunteers Sought For Days Of Service In Honor Of Tree Of Life Victims

This article originally appeared on October 22, 2021 in KDKA CBS Pittsburgh

Next Wednesday marks three years since the tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

Part of the commemoration includes Days of Service, sponsored by Repair The World Pittsburgh. This year, those activities were chosen specifically to reflect causes near to the eleven people who died that day.

“This year we really tried to work with the families to create service sites and projects that were really honoring the legacies and work and contributions of those who we lost and making sure that something that they really cared about is also something that we can continue to work on and inspire people to continue to get involved in and be a part of,” said Julie Mallis, the executive director of Repair The World Pittsburgh. Read the full article here

Pittsburgh prepares third-year commemoration of Oct. 27 massacre

Commemoration events begin more than a week before the public ceremony. Eighteen volunteer opportunities, beginning Oct. 18, were created by Repair the World as part of “Oct. 27: Remember, Reflect in Spirit and Action.” Most will occur on Oct. 24, the date marking the yahrzeit of the 11 people murdered, said Repair the World Program Manager Jess Gold. The volunteer opportunities include tending the earth, community care, civic engagement and health and wellness. Many of the opportunities were created in conjunction with the victims’ families, Gold said, “in honor of individuals whose lives were lost.”Other service events include an orchard harvest and weeding, a virtual workshop to advocate for gun safety reform, cemetery cleanup along with the Jewish Cemetery and Burial Association, and a blood drive. Read the full article here

Third year of Tree of Life remembrance returns to in-person commemoration

Opportunities to give back to the community at various service sites will be available throughout the month through Repair the World, including cemetery cleanups, packing care kits, a blood drive and more. Julie Mallis, the executive director of Repair the World Pittsburgh, said the programs promote service as a way of healing and allow space for different people to participate in more than one opportunity. The work provides a “physical, tangible way” for people to process the tragedy, Mallis said. “There’s almost a kinetic exchange.” Read the full article here

Honoring Elul by bringing together female scholars

“The work that SVIVAH is doing reaches well beyond the Orthodox community,” said Rabbi Jessy Dressin, one of the interviewees. Dressin, the senior director of education at the service organization Repair the World, was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and notes that she is not a member of the Orthodox community herself. “It’s a place that gathers women for the transmission of Torah and deep learning, and that is inspiring to me as a woman, as a rabbi and as a progressive Jew.” Read the full article here

Hillel and Repair The World Launch 2021-2022 Campus Corps Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2021

Repair the World Contact:  Jason Edelstein | 510-239-1102
Hillel Contact: Leilah Mooney Joseph | 202-449-6547

Hillel and Repair The World Launch 2021-2022 Campus Corps Program
150 Student Corps Members Around the World Will Engage Their Peers in Service, Civic Engagement and Social Justice Work 

New York, NY — Repair the World and Hillel International today announced the Repair Campus Corps Program, which will support 150 college student Corps Members around the world to engage their peers in service, civic engagement, Jewish learning, and social justice work during the 2021-2022 school year. The program will run from September 2021 to May 2022. Hillels applied in August 2021 to participate in the program and can request up to four student interns per campus.

During the onset of the global pandemic, Repair the World significantly expanded its reach and national partnerships through launching the Serve The Moment Service Corps (now Repair the World Service Corps) and the Jewish Service Alliance, which collectively brought together 40+ organizations driving national service and mobilizing tens of thousands of Jewish Young adults in 100,000 acts of meaningful service and learning grounded in Jewish values.

In year one, in partnership with Hillel International, 100 Campus Corps Members from 96 local Hillels recruited 4,843 peers in service, catalyzing 5,312 acts of service and learning and contributing 26,299 hours of service to partner organizations.

“We continue to be motivated and inspired by the overwhelming response to our service corps programs. Hillel students are truly making a difference throughout the world with their dedication to service and commitment to social change,” said Hillel President and CEO Adam Lehman. “We are excited for this new year that brings about important opportunities to continue combatting the injustices and disparities prevalent in our country and beyond.”

Student Cohort Experience
Student Corps Members will participate in a full-year cohort experience run by Hillel International, with support from Repair the World. Students will get their choice of six  issue area-based education cohorts in Fall 2021.

Starting in October 2021, each cohort will participate in a four-part virtual educational series related to their issue area, meeting monthly through January. The education series will introduce the topic and its connection to Jewish values and help students create tangible next steps to participate in service around this issue.  The issue areas include:

  • Environmental Justice

  • Disability Inclusion/Justice

  • Racial Justice

  • Food Justice

  • Housing Justice

  • Education Justice

“We look forward to seeing the meaningful change resulting from our student corps members as the success and overwhelming response to this program is proof positive that Jewish college students are eager to create change by living out their Jewish values,” concluded Cindy Greenberg, President and CEO of Repair the World. “The last 18 months have presented all of us with countless unanticipated challenges that were met by young people with hope, perseverance and dedication. As we continue to navigate this new school and programmatic year, we are filled with hope and are excited to engage even more students to serve their communities and address urgent local needs and inequity.”

 

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About Hillel International

Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for more than 90 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path.

About Repair the World

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.