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Marathon of Good: 10 Ways to Serve Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

The Jewish calendar is filled with holidays that come around to remind people of ideas they should ideally be thinking about the entire year. Hanukkah, with its focus on light and miracles, is a reminder to look for those things during the depths of winter. On Purim, reading the story of Esther (and the parties that come after), is a reminder to celebrate. And Passover offers a chance to be thankful for freedom and to work for justice.

In the case of the high holidays — Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — they are a reminder to reflect on the opportunities one has to be the best they can be. They give people a chance to look inward and gather the strength and courage they need to do good work in the world. They allow people to press the reset button, start fresh and reconnect with their deepest values – like the importance of helping others and actively creating a better world.

Service and social action are (naturally) important all year round. But the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, known as the Days of Awe, offer the perfect time to stock up on service points, and set a tone for the rest of the year. This year, try doing one of the good deeds below each day between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Think of it as a New Year’s resolution that will jump start your year of service and tikkun olam.

Marathan of Good: 10 ways to serve between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

  • Prune your bookshelf or your closet and donate the used books/clothes to a charitable organization.
  • Give blood or get swabbed to be a blood marrow donor (find out more here).
  • Sign a petition for a campaign you believe in (find one here) – then share it on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Get more informed on world issues: Read a newspaper (or two) from cover to cover, or read the top articles on a daily news website. (Sorry, Gawker doesn’t count.)
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter or animal cruelty society.
  • Take a walk in a park, on a beach, or around your neighborhood and pick up every piece of trash you see along the way.
  • Read through all the emails you got in the last two weeks from non-profits asking for financial support. Donate to one of them or email them about volunteer opportunities.
  • Go apple picking at a local orchard. Make applesauce and freeze half of it for Hanukkah latkes. While at the orchard, learn more about their sustainable agriculture policies.
  • Send this blog post to a friend, encouraging them to join you!

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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September 2011 Events & Opportunities

EVENTS

9/1-9/30 · September is Hunger Action Month · Nationwide

Hunger is a problem 365 days of the year, but for 30 days, it’s the focus of much attention across the nation. Join Feeding America and their network of more than 200 food banks for Hunger Action Month by hosting a series of events aimed at fighting hunger. Learn more »

9/11 · September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance · Nationwide

For the tenth Anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, honor the victims and those who rose to service in response to the attacks by pledging to volunteer on this day. Learn more »

9/11 · A Day of Gleaning and Giving · Putnam Valley, NY

The Jewish Farm School and Eden Village Camp invite Jewish communities to attend a day of community service, learning and celebration. Harvest food for the needy and learn about Jewish agricultural laws such as peah, the tradition of leaving the corners of your field for gleaners. Learn more »

9/11 · A Day of Gleaning and Giving · Putnam Valley, NY

The Jewish Farm School and Eden Village Camp invite Jewish communities to attend a day of community service, learning and celebration. Harvest food for the needy and learn about Jewish agricultural laws such as peah, the tradition of leaving the corners of your field for gleaners. Learn more »

9/15 · Voices for National Service Capitol Hill Day · Washington, D.C.

After a drawn out battle, Congress and the Administration have reached a debt agreement that requires deep and devastating cuts to discretionary programs like those supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The threat to national service is very real and help is needed! Our elected leaders need to hear that national service is a priority for their constituents. Please secure your place and register before August 26. Learn more »
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Help Communities Recover from Irene

Over the weekend, Hurricane Irene made its way up the East Coast of the United States, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. As of the latest report, 43 people were killed, thousands were displaced — many losing their homes and businesses — and 2.85 million are still without power. The sum toll of incurred damage is not yet known as flooding continues in several affected areas.

Repair the World has reached out to communities along the East Coast and in the Caribbean to determine areas of need. Volunteers and contributions will be desperately needed as affected communities work to rebuild following the hurricane’s wreckage. Please consider lending your support.

Our hearts and prayers go out to those who were affected by the hurricane and we will continue to monitor the situation. Follow Repair on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest information.

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August 2011 Opportunities and Events

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8/10 · Save Service District Day · Nationwide

Visit your Members of Congress back home and let them know National Service is a priority for you and your community. Meetings are being planned around the country on August 10. Search for one near you, sign-up, and get ready to Save Service. Learn more »

8/10 · Inside Jewish Turkey: Where East Meets West · New York, NY

JDC hosts “Inside Jewish Turkey: Where East Meets West.” Hear from young voices from the Jewish community of Turkey and enjoy complimentary Vegetarian Turkish appetizers and wine. Learn more »

8/13 · Rabbi Ari Weiss & Uri L’Tzedek at the Jewish Center of NY · New York, NY

Rabbi Ari Weiss will be speaking at the Jewish Center of New York (31 West 86 Street) on the topic of Charity and Justice in the Jewish Tradition Rabbi Weiss’s shuir will begin one hour prior to Mincha. Learn more »
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July 2011 Newsletter Opportunities and Events

EVENTS

7/19 · Focus on Justice: Films on Food, “The Price of Aid”

This three part series will deepen your awareness of food justice at the local, national, and international level. Learn more about intersecting issues and the responsibility to respond as the community prepares to take action around the US Farm Bill in 2012. Each session will feature a documentary film, discussion with Jewish thought sources, delicious eco-kosher refreshments, and time to socialize and network in community. (No prior knowledge of food justice issues and/or Jewish text is required or presumed.) Learn more »

8/18-21 · Hazon Food Conference: Food Justice and Tikkun Olam Track

What does a just food system look like? What’s wrong with the way we’re doing things, and what are some of the creative ways that people across the country and the world are working to make it right? Explore how to be part of creating a socially and economically just, environmentally-sound food system. These sessions at the Hazon Food Conference will showcase food programs, social justice and community activists who are voting with their forks — and more. Learn more »

9/19-22 · Social Good Summit

Mashable92Y and the UN Foundation present the second annual Social Good Summit. Held at the heart of UN week, the Summit is where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place. Learn more »

OPPORTUNITIES

Agahozo-Shalom’s Service Learning Trips

Agahozo-Shalom organizes 10-day service learning trips for various groups and institutions. Designed for 15-20 people, program participants learn about the development of Agahozo-Shalom and the history of Rwanda while taking part in a volunteer project at the Village. Groups include college and graduate programs, religious and interfaith groups, as well as community organizations. Agahozo-Shalom offers pre-trip orientations, educational materials, class sessions an extensive follow-up curriculum that brings the lessons and themes of the experience into the daily lives and communities of the volunteers. Learn more »

Amirim Israel

Attention Jewish college students and young professionals, ages 18-27: Spend your summer in Israel with Amirim, giving back through community service! Amirim is your opportunity to experience authentic Israeli life in Bat Yam, Jerusalem, or Arad while giving back to the community through meaningful volunteering options. The program gives participants a structured yet independent framework, in which you will volunteer four days per week at a non-profit organization in their area of interest. Outside of volunteering, you will discover the Israeli landscape through weekly trips and explore Israeli culture through fun and insightful speakers, events, and learning opportunities. You will make friends and expand your global network while living in apartments with young adults from North America, Israel, Europe, and Africa. Learn more »

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps

AVODAH is still accepting applications! AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps is a year-long program combining work for justice, Jewish learning and community building. Work full-time on issues you care about, learn from veteran organizers, activists, and educators, and live with other young people ages 21-26 who are committed to integrating social change and Jewish values. Learn more »

B’Tzedek LIFE Program

LIFE, Leadership and International Fellowship Experience is a service-learning program for participants from across the Jewish world with Israeli peers. LIFE starts in Israel with a two-week orientation, continues in India for four months and finishes with four and a half months in Israel. LIFE is now accepting applications. Learn more »

Bina’s Gap Year Program in Tel Aviv

Bina’s Gap Year Program in Tel Aviv offers a unique and exciting opportunity to experience Israel first hand, combine in-depth study of Judaism with meaningful social action and live in a vibrant community in south Tel Aviv. Learn more »

Community of Living Traditions Residency

Community of Living Traditions is seeking residential volunteers. CLT is looking for volunteer residents who would like to contribute to the building of our community. CLT seeks people who are grounded in Muslim, Jewish or Christian life, and who are passionate about living in community and learning and working with people of other traditions on issues of nonviolence, and social justice. CLT seeks all kinds of diversity including race, ethnicity, age, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and religious background. CLT welcomes volunteers with children. CLT is looking for individuals who have experience in and commitment to racial justice, interreligious solidarity, and the practice of nonviolence. Learn more »

Do Something Disaster Relief Grants

In response to the devastating tornadoes ripping across the deep south which have killed over 200 people at latest count, DoSomething.org is offering 10 special $500 grants for community action projects that directly relate to domestic disaster relief. Whether your program will help those affected by the recent southern storms or Texas wildfires, we’ll support the best ideas that will give back to communities fast. Learn more »

DoSomething Seed Grant

Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, “YES!”, you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. DoSomething gives out a $500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Learn more »

Edna Award for Young Women in Social Justice

The Berger-Marks Foundation announces a new award of $10,000 to a young woman working for social justice. The Edna Award will be given to a woman who has made an extraordinary contribution to social justice early in her career. The recipient’s outstanding achievements to date should indicate that her ongoing work will significantly improve the lives of working women and men. Applications must be received by July 15, 2011. Nominees must be 35 years or younger on 12/31/2011. Learn more »

GOOD is hiring!

GOOD combines smart business practices with a high-energy, creative culture. Our employees are willing to work tirelessly to influence the future of the planet, but they want to have fun in the process. GOOD aims to incorporate its core values of authenticity, creativity, transparency, utility, and love into everything they do. Several positions are available. Apply today. Learn more »

Impact: Design for Social Change

To remain competitive, corporations are looking for innovation and impact in the area of social change as it relates to their businesses. The non-profit world is seeking new ways to support their constituencies through design strategy. Impact: Design for Social Change is a six-week summer intensive, which will introduce participants to the growing field of design for social advocacy. Learn more »

Serve Abroad with JDC: Belarus, Ethiopia and Israel

JDC is currently accepting applications for three incredible overseas experiences for young professionals. Explore what it means to develop Jewish life within a former Soviet country with Inside Jewish Belarus. Learn what it takes to create strong, sustainable international community development with Inside Ethiopia. Explore the challenges faced by Israel’s many diverse communities through the lens of JDC-Israel’s incredible work with Israel 2020. Learn more »

Livnot U’Lehibanot – Israel Study Opportunities

Come and experience all the classic elements that have made Livnot special for over 25 years! Livnot programs are designed for those with little or no Jewish background who are looking for an open, non-coercive, and creative environment. Learn more »

Lynn and Jules Knoll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film

The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film provides grants for the completion of original documentary films that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, and identity. The priority of the Fund is to support projects in the latter stages of post-production that address significant subjects; offer fresh, challenging perspectives; engage audiences across cultural lines; and expand the understanding of Jewish experience. Deadline to apply is July 22. Learn more »

Moishe House Opening

Moishe House is coming to Miami and is currently looking for residents! Moishe House is one of the leading programs for post-college Jewish adults – they empower Jewish young adults to create a vibrant Jewish community for other Jews in their age group by hosting a variety of cultural, learning and social programs out of their home. Thanks to a generous grant from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Moishe House has received funding to open in Miami. Learn more »

Nechama: Jewish Response to Disaster – Volunteer Opportunities

Nechama’s primary mission is disaster response, and its greatest need for volunteers is out in the field. NECHAMA has the equipment and expertise, you provide the muscle. Though every deployment is different, all of them need people just like you to come out and volunteer. Sometimes volunteers are needed for a day, sometimes for a month, but they are always needed. Volunteers will cut trees, gut houses, remove debris, and work as a team to help those who need it most. Though most of the work is physical, it does not all require immense strength and NECHAMA will provide all the instruction and safety gear. Learn more »

The Not for Sale Fellowship: Cultivating Leaders in the Abolitionist Movement

Are you ready to take your passion to the next level? Work alongside NFS Staff in beautiful Half Moon Bay, CA – gaining hands-on, dynamic experience while creating new futures in a fast-paced, interactive, innovative atmosphere. Want to know what it’s like to be a Fellow? Learn more »

OTZMA

OTZMA is officially accepting applications for its 2011-2012 Program! OTZMA is a 10-month program that offers Jewish adults ages 20-26 (college graduates preferred) an opportunity to live and volunteer in Israel in a variety of settings.OTZMA: Promotes direct contact and strengthens ties between the North American Jewish Community and Israel; Provides its participants with the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution of service to Israel; Facilitates opportunities for development of leadership qualities and personal exploration of Jewish identity; and offers experiential and educational opportunities that foster a deeper understanding of Israel. Learn more »

Pardes Social Justice Track

We want to build a better world, but how should it look and how will we get there? The Pardes Social Justice Track explores social issues such as the environment, economic justice, gender and minority welfare through the lens of Jewish values. Students examine the application of classical and modern Jewish texts to the challenges of Israeli society through field visits, guest lectures from the governmental and non-profit sectors, and volunteer work. The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies brings together men and women of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts and current Jewish issues in an open, warm and challenging learning environment. For more information, contact NaomiLearn more »

Pardes Educators Program

The Pardes Educators Program (PEP) is a vibrant and innovative two-year teacher training program that combines intensive text study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem with an interactive and pluralistic Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. PEP prepares skilled and devoted Judaic studies teachers who are ready to empower North American Jewish day school students towards excellence, growth, and opportunity. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2011. Learn more »

Rebuilding from Devastation – Campaign for Tornado Relief

The Rebuilding from Devastation – Campaign for Tornado Relief is an effort to rally attention, donations, and volunteers for the storm-ravaged region. It will also use blogs, videos, and interviews to highlight stories of perseverance and service as volunteers and citizens across the American South band together to rebuild communities and individual spirits. Learn more »

ROI Micro Grants

Starting from March 16, 2011 members of the ROI Community can apply for one of four types of Micro Grants. Without making a Megillah out of this, in short, each member of the ROI Community can apply for a Micro Grant of up to U.S. $1,000 per calendar year. Applications will be open all year round and the process is both quick and easy! Learn more »

Rebuilding from Devastation – Campaign for Tornado Relief

The Rebuilding from Devastation – Campaign for Tornado Relief is an effort to rally attention, donations, and volunteers for the storm-ravaged region. It will also use blogs, videos, and interviews to highlight stories of perseverance and service as volunteers and citizens across the American South band together to rebuild communities and individual spirits. Learn more »

Schusterman Foundation seeks Program and Communications Intern, DC Office

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is seeking a creative, energetic candidate for a Program and Communications Internship position in its National Office in Washington, D.C. this summer. You will have the unique opportunity to contribute to the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen the Jewish identity of young adults around the world and empower energetic, creative young Jews to create meaningful Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers. You will work directly with the Foundation’s small team of dynamic staff to help manage and execute its communications, programming and social media strategy. Learn more »

Summer of Smart

The Summer of Smart is an intensive, three-month experiment in urban innovation. Over the course of this summer, urbanists of many disciplines – developers, designers, planners, journalists, civic leaders, community activists, and more – will come together to address the most pressing issues facing cities today. In the end, the leading projects will be publicly presented to candidates in the San Francisco mayoral race, along with an esteemed panel of experts, to generate a meaningful dialogue around the potential of new tools to create lasting change. Summer of Smart is using Twitter to collect application ideas (#SoSidea) and discussion points which will feed into three Urban Innovation Weekends, public presentations, and other events throughout the summer. Learn more »

TED2012 Fellows applications now open!

The TED Fellows program is designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage. The program targets individuals from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, though anyone from anywhere in the world, age 18 and over, is welcome to apply. Application deadline is Monday, July 25, 2011, 11:59pm US/Eastern. Learn more »

Tevel b’Tzedek /IsraAID seeks Business Program Advisor

The Dam Dam Craft Cooperative is an income-generation project established by Tevel B’Tezedek /IsraAid. The project has been running since September 2010 and targets women living in communities which were affected by the January 12th earthquake. The primary purpose of the project is to create a sustainable, long-term income generation source for the women and their families. This is in conjunction with the goal of encouraging personal development, group education and a commitment to volunteer within the community. Learn more »

Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv – Jaffa

Volunteer in Israel with Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv – Jaffa. Tikkun Olam is currently accepting application for 5 and 10 month programs starting this September. Learn more »

Tom’s of Maine 50 States for Good Community Sponsorship Program

50 States for Good is a national initiative to support the goodness behind grassroots community projects. Six organizations will share in our $150,000 sponsorship fund, including one organization that will be given $50,000! A panel of judges will select 20 organizations doing great things in their communities to be voted on by you. Learn more »

Uri L’Tzedek: 2011 Summer Fellowship Program

Uri L’Tzedek is now accepting applications from college and graduate students for 2011 Summer Fellowship Program in New York. This 6-week program is an opportunity to work alongside Uri L’Tzedek’s staff and board, experiencing the many mechanisms that come together to create an effective non-profit organization, gaining exposure to communal Jewish life, effecting change, and learning Torah, social justice philosophy, and community organizing models. Learn more »

Volunteer Jerusalem

Volunteer Jerusalem brings volunteer tourism to the city of Jerusalem by connecting Jewish tourists visiting the city with meaningful community service projects. Volunteer Jerusalem combines social activism in needy neighborhoods with cultural and Jewish experiences and connects visitors to the city in a way that will create meaningful connections and long term relationships. Apply now for summer sessions – June 26-30th and July 24-28th. Learn more »

Yahel Social Change Program

Yahel Social Change Program is a unique 5-month service learning experience for young adults between the ages of 21 and 27. The program is based in the town of Gedera, about 45 minutes south of Tel Aviv, and combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and immersion. The program is offered in collaboration with Friends by Nature – a local grassroots non-profit organization working in the Ethiopian community in the fields of community empowerment and education. Throughout the program participants live, volunteer and learn alongside their peers from the local Ethiopian-Israeli community. Yahel is currently accepting applications for Fall 2011. Learn more »

Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Calling all changemakers! Ashoka’s Youth Venture has launched its fifth annual Staples Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) Competition. The competition was created to recognize exceptional, innovative young people who are advancing positive change in their communities around the world. The focus of this year’s competition is technology, and how digital, online, and social connections can be leveraged to create solutions to pressing social problems. Anyone ages 12 to 24 who uses innovation and technology to drive their venture and improve their community is eligible to enter the competition. Deadline is September 19, 2011. Learn more »

Yoxi’s Trim the Waste of Fashion

In the nearly trillion-dollar clothing industry, waste abounds from the estimated 15-20% of fabric trashed on the cutting room floor, fabrics sourced from unsustainable materials, massive carbon emissions from transporting products, as well as excessive packaging, tagging, storage and beyond. Fashion choices matter to everybody, not just models, magazines and style mavens. How can we reduce waste and increase sustainability in making clothes? Compete in Trim the Waste of Fashion to be the next rockstar of social innovation. Deadline extended to July 15. Learn more »

YU’s Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education

The Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education is designed to teach lay, practicing and emerging Jewish educators the foundations and practical applications of Experiential Jewish Education. By cultivating a community of like-minded passionate educators, the Certificate Program seeks to inspire its participants to professionalize, reimagine and transform the scope and landscape of Experiential Jewish Education. Learn more »

Photo Essay: JDC Jewish Service Corps in India

This photo essay was originally published on JDC’s In Service Blog (JDC is a Repair the World grantee), and was contributed by JDC Jewish Service Corps fellows, Rachel Feuerstein-Simon and Geraldine Gudefin who just returned from a youth group summer camp in India, where they organized and led camp programming.

Camp is a critical time for the Indian youth to bond, attend learning sessions and grow with fellow members of the Jewish community, as the chaos of everyday life in Mumbai usually prevents. This past May, the Jewish Youth Pioneers (JYP) – the Indian Jewish community’s youth group – conducted its bi-yearly Youth Camp. The camps are planned in collaboration between the JDC Jewish Service Corps members and the JYP committee, and we have to say it was a resounding success.
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