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Archive for : Martin Luther King Day

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,, 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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MLK Day: Local Organizations Honor Dr. King Through Community Service

This video originally appeared on CW69 News at 10 on January 19th, 2021.

Several organizations held virtual events for the holiday, and others were out in the community. Open Hand Atlanta partnered with the Repair the World to deliver meals. Open Hand Atlanta is currently looking for drivers ages 21 and up to deliver meals Monday through Friday. DeKalb County held a short tribute and food distribution. The work continues for these organizations that serve communities every day. “We still have hungry children, we still have a horrible minimum wage,” Omilami said. They’re urging more people to volunteer and keep Dr. King’s legacy alive.

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Repair the World, New York hosts service events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This video originally appeared on NEWS12 on January 18th, 2021.

Repair the World, New York hosted a number of service events to help improve local communities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Friday, they held a painting and lot beautification event at the Brownsville Community Justice Center. Some volunteers used paint to beautify the vacant lot down the street from the center, while others worked on painting a mural in the center’s newly renovated space downstairs. Some of the other projects included card-making, a cleanup effort and interactive Zoom workshops with seniors in isolation.

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Binds and Bonds: Processing Trauma with Art

This article originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle on January 17th, 2021. 

Join Repair the World for Binds and Bonds: Processing Trauma with Art, a workshop with Dafna Rehavia an artist, a counselor, and an art psychotherapist. Learn about Dafna’s creative practice and take a visual tour of her new art installation on display at BOOM Concepts. Participate in a creative and reflective activity using objects and materials from your home. You may want to create a 2 dimensional or 3-dimensional piece that will reflect on a significant event you experienced. You can also just let the materials lead you.

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Brooklyn Celebrates MLK Day in a Year Like No Other

This article originally appeared in the Bklyner on January 15th, 2021. 

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) in Crown Heights will host service workshops led by Repair the World Brooklyn, a jewish organization that works within the community of Central Brooklyn through volunteer groups to make it a “more equitable place” for all, according to their website.  With Repair the World Brooklyn, people can learn about volunteer opportunities and pack PPE for people in need. Through a Facebook post, the BCM will also teach volunteers about social justice in their work with community service. Children will be able to learn freedom songs with singer imani uzuri, explore shadow puppets with Nehprii Amenii, and create community art in the museum’s ColorLab art studio.

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MLK Day Service Projects: How To Help In Atlanta

This article originally appeared in Patch News on January 15th, 2021. 

Repair the World — an organization that gathers volunteers to support local neighborhoods through partnerships with community-based organizations — is launching more than 600 coronavirus-safe volunteer opportunities for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, both in-person and virtually. There are seven Atlanta-area projects being offered for the holiday, ranging from delivering meals and clothing to planting trees.

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Things to do this weekend from poetry unplugged to sweet honey in the rock

This article originally appeared in Next Pittsburgh on January 15th, 2021. 

Repair the World Pittsburgh MLK Day projects  were featured in  “Things to do this weekend” in NEXTpittsburgh. “There are so many ways to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by lending a helping hand in our local community. Volunteer in person or virtually during this four-day, citywide effort. Find an opportunity that’s right for you!”

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Drive-Thru Food Distribution Event Thursday Morning in Miami-Dade County

This video originally appeared on 6 South Florida on January 14th, 2021.

A drive-thru food distribution event is being held Thursday morning amid economic hardship brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The drive-thru site at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation opened at 9 a.m. In addition to packages containing non-perishable food products, bread, and locally grown fruits and vegetables, kosher meat will also be available to residents. “While the drive-thru is open to all in need, it is a unique opportunity for members of the Jewish community who follow strict kosher dietary laws,” a press release said.

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Virtual service opportunity: How you can stay safe this MLK Weekend

This article originally appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 12th, 2021.

“Despite our fears and uncertainty, we must continue to care for each other — especially as racism, inequity, poverty, and needless suffering persist,” Repair the World Atlanta‘s executive director Lily Brent said in a statement. “Repair is committed to our work in education and meaningful service together with our partners — and hope the community will join us to make sense of this moment in service and in learning.” 

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Jewish Racial Justice Learn-In

An opportunity for dialogue on race, racism and social change.

Given the intention to honor Dr. King, and the racial justice reckoning we are living through, Repair will gather Jewish learners and leaders for a virtual Learn-In. The Learn-In will offer a diverse set of programs with many voices, entry points, and perspectives to deepen our learning about the themes of Dr. King’s life and legacy and move us forward together as a community.


Microgrant: Programming for and by Georgia Jews of Color
February 5, 9:00am – 5:00pm ET

Atlanta Repair and a local committee of Jews of Color have created a microgrant to support Georgia Jews of Color creating programming–either for their own communities, however defined, or for the larger public. This microgrant is powered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, through a Propel Innovation Grant for Jewish service and learning in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Individuals and/or organizations can apply for funding. For more information, click the link to the right. DEADLINE FEBRUARY 5. APPLY TODAY!

Jewish Racial Justice Literacy 101
January 13, 7:30pm – 8:45 pm ET

We are in the midst of a national conversation about racial justice. Some of us have been talking about this topic for years while others are unsure how to begin. Facilitated by Victoria Raggs, Trinae Watkins and Lily Brent, this event will explore key concepts on race and racism through the lived experiences of Atlanta’s diverse Jewish community. Our facilitators will lead an examination of microaggressions that take place every day in our Jewish institutions and hold space for Jews to engage in a dialogue about race. This event will scratch the surface of a very deep issue, while encouraging people of all experience levels to think about how we join collectively in the movement for equity and inclusion. REGISTER TODAY!

Jewish Racial Justice Literacy 102
January 17, 4:00pm – 5:15 pm ET

As a follow-up to Jewish Racial Justice Literacy 101, this event will explore ways to personally address microaggressions and guide participants on how to move from intention to action. Facilitated by Jada Garrett, John Eaves and Pam Sugarman, this event will provide tools for having open and honest conversations. Attendees will participate in a reflective practice on race and racial justice and leave with clear steps they can action on their learning journey. REGISTER TODAY!

Becoming Better Allies
January 18, 7:30pm – 8:45pm ET

Where have you experienced solidarity this year and when has community let you down? This discussion, moderated by Ruby-Beth Buitekant of Movement Law Lab, will feature healthcare advocate Abbie Fuksman, former Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center Shana Tabak, and Georgia Equality Gender Inclusion Organizer Chanel Haley. We will host a conversation on what is a “Jewish issue” at a time of growing diversity within the Jewish community, and draw upon both Jewish wisdom and Dr. King’s teachings to guide us in becoming better allies both to members of the Jewish community and to our neighbors. REGISTER TODAY!

MLK Family Singalong & Story-Time with Tkiya
January 18, 9:00am – 9:45am ET

Looking to teach your young ones about MLK’s legacy this year? Join Repair the World Atlanta, Tkiya, and 18Doors on Monday, January 18th from 9-9:45am for a virtual fun and interactive introduction to Martin Luther King Jr. Day for children ages 0-7 and their families. Through songs, stories and learning, we’ll be introducing topics of race, diversity and equity. REGISTER TODAY!







Leslie Anderson, Jonathan Arogeti, Cecelia Borgman, Breauna Dorelus, Dr. John Eaves, Robin Deutsch Edwards, Jada Garrett, Rabbi Samuel Kaye, Nicole Moore, Amy Price, Victoria Raggs, Rabbi Francine Roston, Howie Slomka, Pam Sugarman, Trinae Watkins, William Whatley