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Finding a balance: Service, advocacy, and the role of religion

The following post originally appeared on Medium as a blog post for the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.

By Josh Sherman

In today’s world, I find it increasingly difficult to separate distinct parts of my life and put them in nicely partitioned boxes. At times, aspects of my life bleed into one another in a harmonious symphony and at times they seem to run up against one another and clash ferociously. Oftentimes I debate as to whether this is somewhat of a new phenomenon for the millennial generation or a reflection of the political times that we find ourselves in. I find comfort in believing that this is not a new struggle, and that for hundreds of years humans have searched to find their personal balance.

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A Jewish journey from indifference to inspiration

The following post originally appeared on Medium as a blog piece for the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.

By Diana Goldsmith

When I was eighteen, right before I headed off to my freshman year of college, I announced to my parents that once I graduated, I planned to join the Peace Corps. I wanted to travel, to see parts of the world I had never seen before, and above all (my naive teenaged self thought), I wanted to help people.

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Rabbi Shares Thoughts on The Well’s Service Trip

This article originally appeared in The Jewish News on October 23, 2018.

By Rabbi Moshe Givental

I joined the Houston Service Trip, aimed to rebuild after the floods of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, just a few days before we were set to go. Excited, but not completely prepared, it has left a deep impact on me. Each of our days combined some good hard work, fun, great food, and deep learning.

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More than Superman: Jewish and Latinx Comics

This article originally appeared on MyJewishLearning.Com on October 22, 2018.

By Julian Voloj

As a Jewish-German-Colombian-New York artist, Julian Voloj is both one of a kind and very at home in the world of comic books. Through comics, he has explored identity and forged community in navigating the overlap between his Jewish and Latinx experiences and expression. He has participated in specific Jewish and Latinx comic shows, and yet these two elements have never come together—until now. In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Voloj, a Be’chol Lashon staffer, arranged Convivo, an art exhibition about Jews, Hispanics, and comics in partnership with Jewish Art SalonBronx Heroes Comic ConRepair The World, and UJA Federation.

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Virtual Sukkahs House Jewish Values

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Week on September 26, 2018.

By Amy Sara Clark

Perhaps more than any other Jewish holiday, Sukkot lends itself to social activism. Its symbolism is drawn from the period of Jewish history when the People of the Book were refugees, fleeing slavery and crossing the desert in search of better lives for their children; in addition, the sukkah provides a daily reminder of the fragility of human life and the protection God gave the Jews while they were living in impermanent huts and searching for the Promised Land.

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A Year After Harvey in Houston

This article originally appeared on Tikkun on September 25, 2018.

By Avital Ingber, Kari Saratovsky, and Sacha Bodner

In his beloved book, The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel poignantly writes: “Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of time. Judaism teaches us to be attached to holiness in time, to be attached to sacred events, to learn how to consecrate sanctuaries that emerge from the magnificent stream of a year.”

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Sukkot Volunteering at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

This article originally appeared on NYBluePrint on September 23, 2018.

Celebrate Sukkot, a Jewish harvest festival, by volunteering with Repair the World at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

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#MySukkahStandsFor Digital Campaign

This article originally appeared in the Detroit Jewish News on September 24, 2018.

Repair the World, the largest Jewish service organization in the country, today announced the launch of weRepair.org/Sukkot, a platform to celebrate Sukkot and to build virtual dwellings around issues that matter most. Anyone can visit the website to share publicly what their digital (or physical) sukkah stands for.

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Community members clean up Baltimore area

This article originally appeared in the Johns Hopkins Newsletter on September 20, 2018.

By Jason Nyguyen 

Repair the World: Baltimore hosted its annual Day to Unite at the Baltimore Community ToolBank on Sept. 16. Community members worked together on various environmental projects.

According to their website, Repair the World inspires American Jews to give time and effort to serve those in need, aiming to make service a defining part of American-Jewish life.

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Jewish Community Plans Florence Relief

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Exponent on September 20, 2018.

By Joshua Needelman

Hurricane Florence has left thousands of people displaced from their homes and dozens of towns flooded in North Carolina and South Carolina. As of the morning of Sept. 18, the storm’s death toll was 32.

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