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Archive for : Detroit

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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U.S. Immigration Policy Sparks Action in Michigan

This originally appeared in The Jewish News on January 16, 2020. 

Sarah Allyn, executive director of Repair the World Detroit, a Jewish organization that encourages volunteer service, explains how Repair tries to help people who directly experience the effects of anti-immigrant policies. “At Repair the World, we work closely with communities experiencing the immediate and terrifying impact of our current climate,” she says. “While there are many ways to take action as a Jewish community, Repair believes meaningful service, combined with learning and self-reflection, promotes action and change. “By serving alongside impacted communities, we listen, learn and build relationships to truly understand what people need and how we might best support them.”

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Kendra Watkins and Ben Ratner Return to Detroit

This originally appeared on The Jewish News on December 5, 2019.

Kendra Watkins and Ben Ratner return to Detroit as Repair the World Fellows working with Detroit Jews for Justice and the Coleman A. Young Elementary School.

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Vigils scheduled to show solidarity with Pittsburgh

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News on October 28, 2018.

Vigils are planned locally to help “process the horrific act of violence” that left 11 dead at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Jewish Detroit Community Vigil For Pittsburgh

This article originally in The Jewish News appeared on October 28, 2018.

Tomorrow at 6 p.m., Hazon Detroit, The Well, Repair The World: Detroit, Detroit City Moishe House, Detroit Jews for Justice, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, NEXTGen Detroit, the JCRC/AJC Detroit and the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will host a vigil for the fallen victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Vigils held for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

This article originally appeared on Fox Detroit on October 29, 2018.


People around the world are praying for the victims of the tragic Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and their families.

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Leading By Example

This article originally appeared in The Detroit Jewish News on August 2, 2018.

By Robin Schwartz

Repair the World’s new executive director reflects on her inaugural year.

You might find her jogging through Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood or working in a greenhouse or helping to bury old prayer books in a sacred space for Jewish texts. But you’ll most likely find Sarah Allyn, 30, of Detroit at Repair the World’s cool headquarters on Bagley, where she just wrapped her first year as executive director of the Jewish nonprofit focused on service-learning and volunteering.

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No More Waste

This article originally appeared in the Detroit Jewish News on April 19, 2018.

Hazon Detroit serves up healthy heaps of compost — just in time for Earth Day.

In the North End neighborhood of Detroit near historic Oakland Avenue, there is a large patch of land where houses used to stand, houses where Jewish immigrants first began their American journey, that in time became the homes for some of Detroit’s most important black cultural figures, including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and so many more.

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De La Salle’s Ross shines in the face of adversity

This article originally appeared in The Macomb Daily on February 5, 2018.

By Don Gardner

Some of us buckle in the face of adversity. Others thrive in spite of it. Adam Ross, a senior at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren, would fall in the later category.

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The Well & JN’s 36 Under 36: AARON APPEL

This article originally appeared in the Jewish News on January 30, 2018.

A native of Troy, Aaron Appel coordinates volunteer engagement and grant writing at the nonprofit Brilliant Detroit, which focuses on creating “kid success neighborhoods” in the city. This work builds off his background in youth engagement and community organizing, which he developed as a student at Oberlin College, as a housing advocate in Philadelphia, as a fellow with Repair the World: Detroit and as the treasurer of Auntie Na’s House — a grassroots community center on the west side of Detroit.

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