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Serving: Jewish and Proud

I am proud to stand among two dozen fellow Americans who honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by serving today as 2011 MLK Day Ambassadors. I approach this task with a strong sense of purpose thrown into high relief by recent events, including an attack targeting a public servant, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who connected her deep desire to serve her country with her Jewish identity.
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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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Repair the World Awards $2.6 Million in Grants

Recognizes High-Quality Jewish Service-Learning Programs

Download the viewbook of Repair the World's 2010 immersive Jewish service-learning grantees

Download the viewbook of Repair the World’s 2010 immersive Jewish service-learning grantees

Repair the World, a national organization working to inspire American Jews to give their time and effort to serve those in need, has announced $2.6 million in new grants to fund service-learning programs in the United States and around the world.

“Service learning has the power to deliver substantial on-the-ground impact, while strengthening the life-long civic engagement and Jewish identities of those who serve,” said Jon Rosenberg, CEO of Repair the World. “By investing in our grantees, we enable thousands of young adults to become Jewish global citizens.”
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Rabbi Will Berkovitz Joins Repair the World

Seattle-based leader to promote partnership efforts

After six years as executive director of Hillel at the University of Washington, Rabbi Will Berkovitz has joined Repair the World as vice president of partnerships and rabbi-in-residence.

Berkovitz, who began his career as a journalist in Seattle before entering Jewish communal work, has led pioneering efforts to raise the profile of service and civic engagement among young Jews.

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Repair the World in the Washington Post

Yesterday, Repair the World launched its national search engine for Jewish volunteer and community service. If you have ever wanted to plug in to a service trip or volunteer opportunity, but did not know where to start, this search engine is for you. Whether you live in Iowa and are into immigrant rights, or from the South Bronx and passionate about healthcare, this is your one-stop shopping resource for all things Jewish and service.

Clearly, we think this is kind of a big deal – and apparently, the Washington Post does too! Below, check out the great article by Eboo Patel on the Post’s The Faith Divide blog.
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Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies joins the search engine!

After the exciting launch of our search engine for Jewish volunteer and service opportunities yesterday morning, we’re thrilled to announce a new partner.

The Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies represents over 130 Jewish social service agencies throughout North America, and is a critical link in providing vital services to both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

“Our member organizations are on the front lines of service all over the country, and Repair the World’s new search engine will help them mobilize volunteers more effectively than ever,” said Lee Sherman, president of the AJFCA.

The search engine helps connect individuals looking for ways to get involved in their communities with organizations looking for volunteers and program participants.