In the month leading up to Passover, Repair the World is sharing stories that highlight the on-the-ground ways our fellows, volunteers, and partner organizations serve in solidarity to turn the tables on racial injustice. Today, meet Rabbi Megan GoldMarche, who leads innovative racial justice programming at the Silverstein Base Hillel in Chicago. Then, join our Passover campaign and help us serve in solidarity by hosting and volunteering. Together we can #ActNowForRacialJustice.
Last July, Megan GoldMarche returned to her hometown of Chicago. She’d been away for several years, studying, working, traveling, and becoming a rabbi (she was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2014). But then a dream opportunity came along to serve as the rabbi of the Silverstein Base Hillel – a unique program for college and post-college Jews that is run out of a rabbinic family’s home – in this case GoldMarche and her wife, Paige. (Aside from Chicago, there are four other permanent and pop-up Base locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, DC, and Berlin).
In addition to hospitality events (hosting Shabbat dinners and holiday celebrations) and learning opportunities (text studies, cooking classes), service work is a core part of Base Hillel’s mission. They organize two service projects each month, with the support of Repair the World and partnering with local organizations. But GoldMarche felt it was important to expand beyond service to include justice work as well. So along with Repair the World’s own Rebecca Katz, Hannah Arwe from the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), and Rabbi Lauren Henderson of Mishkan Chicago, she started a 6-part monthly series of racial justice books and films.