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Join Caine’s Arcade’s Cardboard Challenge – October 6

File this under awesome! By now you’ve likely heard about Caine’s Arcade – the fantastically creative, all-cardboard video arcade built by an inspiring 9-year old kid named Caine in East Los Angeles. (If not, get up speed with this tear-inducing video.)

Now, on October 6 The Imagination Foundation is launching it’s first ever Global Cardboard Challenge – an international invitation to play while “raising funds to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in kids.” All September long, people organized awesome challenge events – more than 100 events in 25 countries – and now it’s time to play, building the most awesome stuff possible out of “cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination.”

Get involved with the Global Cardboard Challenge. Sign up to host or join a “play” event near you (event dates span the days before and after October 6, so if you observe Shabbat and can’t “play” on the official day, chances are, there’s still an event for you to participate in!) or donate to support the foundation.

Want to find out more? Watch the video below for all the details:

Your Guide to Pride

June is LGBT Pride Month, – a month that remembers the Stonewall Riots of 1969, while honoring the impact that LGBT community has had – and are having – around the world!

Repair the World wishes to honor this special month by offering some exciting ways you can get involved to advocate for a life of equality. We’re also highlighting some amazing LGBTQ heroes who are working to end hate across the world.

Inspiring People from the LGBTQ Community

Fagyele Ben MiriamFaygele Ben Miriam, Same-Sex Marriage’s Jewish Pioneer
Tablet Magazine profiles the incredible activist career of Faygele ben Miriam – a man who started Washington state’s battle over marriage more than 40 years ago. Written by Pulitzer Prizer winner Eli Sanders. This is a MUST read. Read more »

Brittany McMillanBrittany McMillan, Founder of #SpiritDay
At just 15, Brittany ignited a national movement in support of LGBTQ youth when she started Spirit Day. What began in 2010 as a Tumblr page devoted to the memory of LGBTQ or LGBTQ-perceived teens who lost their lives to suicide, turned into a global event that inspires millions of people to wear purple each year in a stand against bullying. Learn more »

Noam ParnessNoam Parness, LGBTQ community organizer, activist, volunteer & all-around rock star
Noam Parness is a 22-year old rising senior at Queens College (and all around inspiring guy), who organizes for the LGBTQ community – both on campus and off. Noam took some time out of his schedule to talk about speaking on National Coming Out Day, the importance of building coalitions within a movement, and how Jewish tradition fuels his work. Learn more »

Upcoming LGBTQ events and opportunities

BornsteinKate Bornstein at Beit Simchat Torah Congregation
On June 22, meet the inspiring Kate Bornstein, Jewish transgender activist, theorist, playwright & performer. Her book, “Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws” is an underground best seller, propelling Kate into an international position of advocacy for marginalized youth. She’s been honored by the NYC Council, received Keshet’s Hachamat Lev award, and garnered praise from civil rights groups around the globe. Learn more »

LGBTQ Teen ShabbatonCelebrate being yourself! Jewish LGBTQ Teen Shabbaton
This August, join Jewish LGBTQ and allied teens for a weekend of fun, social activities and supportive learning sessions at the Isabella Freedman. Presented in partnership with Keshet and UJA-Federation of New York. Learn more »

Camp PrideCAMP PRIDE Summer Leadership Camp
Let’s go camp! Now you can develop friendships for a lifetime with other LGBTQ and ally college students, build your leadership skills and take action as a social justice advocate for a safer and more inclusive campus. Learn more »

Ways to Get Involved

GLSENStart a GSA at your school!
Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) are student clubs that work to improve school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Did you know that the first GSA was the idea of a straight student? Find out how to start your own GSA or join an existing network. Learn more »

Trevor ProjectVolunteer with The Trevor Project!
Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Trevor recognizes that volunteers are the backbone of the organization, and offers ways to get involved at all ages. Are you interested in volunteering? Learn more »

Human Rights CampaignVolunteer with Human Rights Campaign!
Volunteering with HRC empowers you to be an important part in creating change for our country. Work with HRC to educate the public about critical issues in the LGBTQ community, mobilize your community to take action, expand the voice and visibility of the LGBTQ community, and bolster a a nationwide effort to end hate and discrimation. Learn more »

Pledge to Speak out against intolerance!

It Gets Better ProjectIt Gets Better Project
Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are, and growing up isn’t easy. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBTQ people the leavels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years.. Pledge to speak up against hate and intolerance. Learn more »

The Bully ProjectThe Bully Project
A year ago, BBYO teens launched Stand UP for Each Other: A Campaign for Respect and Inclusion, a grassroots effort focused on creating safe and welcome communities for all Jewish teens. Show your support for the Stand UP Campaign by helping BBYO and The Bully Project raise awareness around this very serious issue and put an end to bullying. Learn more »

Do Not Stand Idly ByDo Not Stand Idly By, a Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives
Do Not Stand Idly By asks the Jewish community to pledge to end homophobic bullying and harrassment of any kind in our synagogues, schools, organizations, and communities. As a signatory, you are supporting an fully inclusive Jewish community, and pledging to speak out when witnessing intolerance. Learn more »

More resources

Check out these additional resources on how to help make this world a more inclusive society for all.

So, how will you make this world a better place? Let us know @repairtheworld.

 

Pursue: Making Summer School Fun with Justice and Jewish Thought

This time of year, when high schools and colleges across the country are closing up shop for the summer months, the idea of summer school might be the last thing anyone wants to think about. But what if you could learn about justice and Jewish thought this summer with small groups of other great people?

This summer in New York City, starting July 9 and going through August 27, Pursue is hosting Justice and Jewish Thought – a city-wide program exploring race, class, gender, sexual identity and anti-semitism through the lens of Jewish identity and social justice. The classes will run weekly for eight weeks and give participants a chance to build community and deepen their understanding of social change.

Best of all, the program is participant-led – so there’s no teacher grading papers. Instead, participants take turns hosting the program in their homes and facilitating the group discussion (with lots of curriculum ideas and assistance provided by Pursue).

So don’t miss this unique opportunity to make new friends, learn about justice and, yes, go to school, this summer. To find out more about participating in Pursue’s Justice and Jewish Thought Summer School, click here.

On Jan 26: Celebrate at the iVolunteer Gala

Last year Repair the World featured an interview with Sheva Tauby, co-founder of iVolunteer – a great organization that pairs volunteers with Holocaust survivors for weekly home visits. Since then, we’ve been super enamored with their work, which engages young people of all backgrounds (Jewish and otherwise)  in meaningful service, and brings comfort and companionship to the survivors.

Now, iVolunteer is getting ready to celebrate and make a toast to the people who keep the organization going strong: their volunteers. On January 26, they will host their annual volunteer gala to raise support for and awareness about their home visitation program. The gala also serves as a huge thank you to the people who take time out of their busy weeks (volunteers range from students to freelance artists to practicing doctors – and everything in between!) to make a regular commitment to volunteering.

iVolunteer’s Gala, which will be held at the historic Angel Orensanz Center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, will feature music and dancing, nibbles and drinks, and a silent auction of travel, entertainment, and fashion items. The proceeds of the auction will support iVolunteer’s programs, and their new SuvivorStories.org project, which collects and shares invaluable footage of Holocaust survivor’s.

Click here for more details about the gala. And if you’re interested in volunteering, check out iVolunteer’s website.

9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance

As we mark the tenth anniversary of the horrific acts of September 11, 2001, Repair the World remembers those who perished and urges our community—and people of all backgrounds—to unite and re-commit itself to service to address issues that people in our country face everyday.
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Join Uri L’Tzedek for the Domestic Violence Awareness Conference – Sept 18th

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.”

While the Jewish community is not immune to these bleak facts, the conversation around violence in the home is an under-discussed topic. On Sunday, September 18th, Repair the World grantee-partner, Uri L’Tzedek will host it’s first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Conference to bring this issue to light, and help to break the cycle of abuse that impacts both men and women.

Conference speakers include:

  • Blu Greenberg, the Founding President of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA)
  • Shana Frydman, LCSW Director, Family Violence Services at MET Council
  • Sandra E. Rapoport, Author of Biblical Seductions
  • Jeremy Stern, the Executive Director of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA)

Co-sponsored by other partnering organizations including Project SARAH, Jewish Women International (JWI), Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) Lincoln Square Synagogue, and Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York (JWFNY), the conference will discuss domestic violence in the Jewish community as a whole, and help participants learn how to identify abusive behaviors, understand the psychology behind abuse, and find out what steps they can take to help themselves or their friends.

Details: Sunday, September 18th, Lincoln Square Synagogue, $10 (includes dairy lunch) Register here.