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Join Us for Celebrating Tzedek, May 16

Sixty-three years after the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the New Israel Fund invites you to celebrate the social justice values enshrined in that document.

In partnership with Hazon, Repair the World, Pursue and Taglit-Birthright Israel Next, we will host members of the newly-launched Siach network, an international network of Jewish social justice and environmental professionals, and explore the important work progressive activists are doing in Israel and the U.S.
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Celebrate the National Day of Unplugging by Giving Back

For 24 hours, starting at sundown Friday March 4, 2011, people across the nation will reclaim time, slow down their lives and reconnect with friends, family, the community and themselves.

The National Day of Unplugging, from the creators of The Sabbath Manifesto, challenges us to put down our smartphones, stop checking our email, stop updating our Facebook and Twitter statuses, and take time for the things that matter.
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RSVP for “Bridging Tzedakah and Service”

Please join Repair the World and The Jewish Communal Fund
for an panel discussion about bridging our individual commitments
to charity and service

Funding Your Passion: Bridging Tzedakah and Service

Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 pm

The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU
7 East 10 Street, New York

Networking Reception followed by panel discussion

Hear the stories of how these individuals have followed their passions,
and put theirJewish values into action.

Moderated by: Jon Rosenberg, Repair the World

Alexis Kort, American Jewish World Service
Joy Sisisky, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
David Rittberg, Bronfman Center For Jewish Student Life
Elie Lowenfeld, Jewish Disaster Response Corps
Edward Bergman, Miracle Corners of the World
Lana Volftsun, Slingshot Fund

Come to network and learn with young Jewish professionals.

RSVP by March 17
Contact Ellen at 212-752-8277, ext. 32 or ellen [at] jewishcommunalfund [dot] org.
Dietary laws observed

Sponsored by The Jewish Communal Fund

Service Opportunities for Winter/Spring

Warm weather may still be several weeks away, but the opportunities for service and learning this winter/spring are definitely beginning to heat up. Read below and find out how you can plug into a season of service.
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Jumpstart Innovation Forum with Jon Rosenberg

On Tuesday, October 26, Repair the World CEO Jon Rosenberg discussed his vision for Repair the World and the future of Jewish service in North America at a Jumpstart Innovation Forum event at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The event, which was livestreamed by the Jewish Journal, is available for viewing below.

A Jewish Month of Action

The Jewish month of Cheshvan is often called “bitter” by the rabbis — Mar Cheshvan — because it is holiday free. No huts, no apples and honey and no fasting (phew!). But even though this month is devoid of ritual obligations, we as Jews have other values that are just as important as blowing a shofar on Rosh Hashanah, such as service. Jewish Social Action Month (JSAM), October 7-November 7th, is the perfect chance for us to commit ourselves to social action and to make Cheshvan a month of joy and deed.

For the sixth year in a row, KolDor (which translates to “Voice of the Generation”) is spearheading this month long campaign of Jews working to effect real change in the world, starting with their own communities. JSAM’s website,,points the way towards ample volunteering opportunities that range from helping with elderly and children to fundraising for worthy causes. They aim to provide every age and interest group a way to get involved. Whatever your flavor of service, you will find an event to sink your teeth into.
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Explore your passion for action on the Global Day of Jewish Learning

November 7 is the Global Day of Jewish Learning, when tens of thousands of Jews from Anchorage to Zurich will gather locally to study Jewish texts on themes of spirituality, love, leadership, social justice and environmental responsibility. Repair the World and Pursue invite you to join the global discussion by welcoming your friends and family to reflect on the Jewish values that inspire you towards social action.

Host a house party and we’ll send you a kit with everything you’ll need to get a thoughtful conversation going. The kits will include Jewish texts (in English) exploring themes of social justice and the environment, some questions to help get you thinking, and spiffy Repair the World gear for your and you guests.

Sign up now!

Oct. 6 in NYC: Shirley Sagawa on “The American Way to Change”

The Center for American Progress, Citizen Schools, City Year, Jumpstart, NYC Coalition Against Hunger, and Repair the World invite you to join us and Shirley Sagawa for a discussion about her new book, The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers are Transforming America.

Our nation faces crises in nearly every important aspect of American life, in education, health, the environment, and persistent poverty. While government has an essential role, none of these problems can be solved by government alone. In fact, none can be solved without the committed efforts of the American people, taking action on their own or in concert with others.

Shirley Sagawa’s recent book, The American Way to Change, articulates a new role for volunteer and national service to help solve the nation’s biggest problems. Marrying ten years as a management consultant to nonprofits with decades of experience in the policy arena –as a leader in the creation of AmeriCorps, on the White House Domestic Policy Council staff, Senator Labor and Human Resources Committee staff, and as a fellow at the Center for American Progress — she offers a fresh look at public problem solving with service at the center.
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