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The Edge: What’s Different About This Recession and Why That Matters to Higher Ed

This article originally appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education on February 17th, 2021.

Three weeks ago, the Hillel chapter at George Washington University began working with a local Jewish community center to help older residents of the D.C. region navigate the digital obstacles to sign up for coveted Covid-19 vaccines. Tech-savvy college students stepping up? Cool, I thought — not to mention a great model for all sorts of other student groups.

The project has since expanded, with more than 250 students and alumni from GW and neighboring colleges now volunteering to help seniors get appointments for the jab. And the effort is going national. The Hillel chapter is sharing its training materials and FAQs with an organization called Repair the World so that volunteers in other communities can work with local organizations to offer a similar service. Adena Kirstein, executive director of the GW Hillel chapter, said Repair the World, which is better positioned to scale up the program, could be promoting new partnerships within weeks.

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Beth Samuel’s small religious school perseveres through pandemic

This article originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle on February 15th, 2021.

Older students have hour-long Sunday experiential activities and discussions, complemented by asynchronous Hebrew language lessons, said Homich. During a recent session, a conversation about the Torah’s mandate to care for pets was followed by a crafting activity in partnership with Repair the World Pittsburgh. Participants made a chew toy for dogs and a catnip pretzel for cats. The items will be donated to the Beaver County Humane Society, and a future project is planned with PJ Library.

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Jewish college students volunteer to help local seniors register for vaccine

This article originally appeared in The Forward on February 14th, 2021.

In less than a month, the JCC-Hillel initiative has registered 105 seniors for vaccines as of Thursday morning, according to Adena Kirstein, the executive director of the GW Hillel. More than 780 seniors have requested assistance via the program, and around 300 people have signed up to volunteer — two-thirds of them, students. Now, the group is in touch with Repair the World, the Jewish community service nonprofit, discussing strategies for bringing their grassroots effort nationwide.

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She’s Got Next: 30 Women Who Are Shaping Baltimore’s Future

This article originally appeared in Baltimore Magazine on February 11th, 2021.

The idea of tikkun olam—repairing the world—has been Dressin’s message ever since she became an ordained rabbi nine years ago. First, as founder and director of Charm City Tribe, an initiative to engage young adults interested in Jewish culture, and now through her work at Repair the World Baltimore, which mobilizes Jews to take action to pursue a just world.

“Jewish tradition teaches . . . that there are things we can accomplish together we could not possibly accomplish on our own,” Dressin says. Building relationships that are substantive and not just transactional is so important in a hyper-segregated city like Baltimore, she says. “The particular callings and imperatives of Judaism require me to work closely with those who are not like me—who don’t share the same faith, or the same skin color, or the same history—but who share in the work to build a more whole and just world for all people.”

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Interview with Serve the Moment UVA Campus Corps Member

This video originally appeared on the Brody Jewish Center – Hillel at UVA Facebook page on February 2nd, 2021.

This year the Brody Center was fortune to be selected as a Serve the Moment campus with Repair the World! Meet Jackie, our Serve the Moment Campus Corps Member. This semester she’ll be designing service opportunities for her peers and helping connect Jewish UVA students with needs in our local Charlottesville community!

“The way that I’m connected most to Judaism is through different service opportunites, so I think it’s a really nice way to bring the community together and that’s how I feel the strongest connection to the values and texts in Judaism.

I also really like community service because it brings groups of people together from diverse backgrounds who wouldn’t necessarily come together if it weren’t for these service opportunities.”

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Chicagoland Jewish community hosting ‘A Day of Racial Justice Learning’

This article originally appeared on ABC7 Chicago on February 5th, 2021.

The Chicagoland Jewish community is hosting a special virtual event this Sunday called, “A Day of Racial Justice Learning.”

Synagogues, organizations and people from Chicagoland’s diverse Jewish community will be tackling the subject of racism with a series of workshops for adults and students, many led by those who identify as Jews of Color.

Repair the World is one of 15+ co-sponsoring organizations.

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The Well & JN’s 36 Under 36: Ellery Rosenzweig

This article originally appeared in The Detroit Jewish News on February 1st, 2021.

Ellery is currently working at Repair the World Detroit as their youth & family engagement associate running PeerCorps Detroit, their teen service-learning program, and supervising Repair fellows in their year of service at Detroit nonprofit organizations.

During the pandemic, she has created an online series for PeerCorps exploring social justice issue areas within the context of COVID-19.

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New Partnership Between Repair the World and The Jewish Theological Seminary 


For Immediate Release
February 1, 2021

Contact: Zack Block, [email protected]
Beth Mayerowitz, [email protected]

New Partnership Between Repair the World and
The Jewish Theological Seminary
Two Organizations Committed to Jewish Education and Social Justice Will Work Together to Prepare the Next Generations of Jewish Leaders

New York, NY — Repair the World, a national Jewish social justice service organization, and The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), a preeminent institution of Jewish higher education, announced a strategic partnership to support alumni of the Repair the World Fellowship, as well as Repair the World staff, by offering discounted tuition for study at JTS.  The Repair the World Fellowship is a 2-year immersive service year for young adults passionate about mobilizing the American Jewish community to volunteer alongside them. Based in one of six Repair the World Communities throughout the United States, Fellows spend two years volunteering with local partners, learning the ins and outs of working at a non-profit, developing their event planning skills, familiarizing themselves with a community, building a nuanced racial justice lens, and getting to know themselves as they work to build a more just world. Fellows will engage the Jewish community through meaningful service learning, Jewish ritual and text, and community programming to mobilize their peers to serve alongside them in partnership with local organizations. Those who complete the program, as well as Repair the World staff, can now deepen their understanding of social justice and Judaism by studying with JTS’s renowned faculty in courses such as Jewish Social Justice, Judaism, Human Rights and Social Justice, Jewish Environmental Ethics, and Modern Jewish History.

“The Jewish Theological Seminary is excited about partnering with Repair the World. The combination of social justice training and higher education instruction can help set students up for a successful career in the social justice sector,” said Missy Present, chief enrollment officer at JTS. “With a graduate education, these students are poised to make a tremendous impact on their communities through a greater understanding of Judaism’s insight into social justice and by learning with a cohort of peers.”

As a result of the partnership, Repair alumni and staff will receive: 

  • Tuition reduction of 65% tuition coverage (not including annual service fees).
  • Qualified applicants will also be eligible for Midcareer Fellowships through an outside foundation, increasing their tuition coverage. Currently, the qualifications are: 5 years since undergraduate degree, 3 years working in a Jewish organization, American citizen.
  • Reduced tuition of $700 per course for a total of $2,800 for those accepted to the certificate program in Jewish Ethics and Social Justice for completing the certificate program (4 courses total over one or two academic years).

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.  For more information about JTS, visit https://www.jtsa.edu. 

About The Jewish Theological Seminary

JTS is a preeminent institution of Jewish higher education, training thoughtful, innovative leaders—rabbis, cantors, educators, lay leaders, and scholars—who strengthen our communities with a vision of Judaism that is deeply grounded in the Jewish past and thoroughly engaged with contemporary society. JTS also provides high-caliber, lifelong learning and professional development to our alumni, adult learners, and Jewish communities throughout North America. Through its Library, JTS preserves and makes accessible to students and scholars throughout the world the greatest collection of Judaica in the Western Hemisphere.  www.jtsa.edu

I am Great Because I Serve – Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This article originally appeared in Venture Traveller on January 18th, 2021.

Being that we are still in a pandemic, I was not sure where to serve so I called a friend who is socially active. She led me to a website, werepair.com, an organization that mobilizes Jews and their communities to service.  Repair the World Communities, engages young adults in social change around education and food justice in neighborhoods in Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Harlem, Miami, and Pittsburgh. In most communities, a City Director supports a cohort of fellows (ages 21-26) who make a year-long service commitment to Repair the World.

This year, I volunteered for two service projects with Repair the World – one in Brownsville, Brooklyn and the other in Harlem.

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A fellowship year like no other

This article originally appeared in the Baltimore Jewish Times on January 15th, 2021.

The fellowship model is unique in that we work for multiple organizations at once: Repair the World Baltimore, along with two nonprofit partners. I am placed with a couple of inspiring organizations building educational equity in West Baltimore, the Safe Alternative Foundation for Education in Franklin Square, and Promise Heights in Upton & Druid Heights. SAFE runs a middle school learning center, while Promise Heights is the lead organization for a group of community schools, connecting families to wraparound services. In a normal year, most of my work would be centered on volunteer recruitment. In this wildly abnormal year, I’ve instead turned into part-thought partner, outreach coordinator and program planner.

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