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NiSh’ma: Areivut

The following post was originally posted in The Forward and Sh’ma on October 30, 2018 and features Repair’s Senior Program Director Adina Mermelstein Konikoff ruminating on Hillel’s famed quote, “If I am only for myself, what am I?”

By Adina Mermelstein Konikoff

I stood in awe watching Melanie, a life-long Brooklynite woman of color. She was speaking beautifully about why young Jewish adults should volunteer in her community of Crown Heights. Listening to Melanie, I heard so clearly Hillel’s aphorism, “If I am only for myself, what am I?” Why does Melanie, someone with a strong and deep faith that isn’t Judaism, work with young Jewish adults who are trying to figure out the meaning of serving others, and are taking a year to do so? Because, she knows, life is not only about meeting one’s own needs but also about seeing beyond oneself.

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Vigils scheduled to show solidarity with Pittsburgh

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News on October 28, 2018.

Vigils are planned locally to help “process the horrific act of violence” that left 11 dead at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Jewish Detroit Community Vigil For Pittsburgh

This article originally in The Jewish News appeared on October 28, 2018.

Tomorrow at 6 p.m., Hazon Detroit, The Well, Repair The World: Detroit, Detroit City Moishe House, Detroit Jews for Justice, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, NEXTGen Detroit, the JCRC/AJC Detroit and the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will host a vigil for the fallen victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Vigils held for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

This article originally appeared on Fox Detroit on October 29, 2018.

By WJFK

People around the world are praying for the victims of the tragic Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and their families.

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Cocktails with a Conscience: Restorative Response

This post originally appeared on NY Blueprint on October 24, 2018.

Join us for an evening exploring programs in Harlem committed to working with youth affected by the criminal justice system. Representatives from the Harlem Youth Court and ARTE (Art & Resistance Through Education) Justice will join us in a panel-style conversation to share more about the work they do to promote restorative responses to justice every day. Following the panel, guests will engage in group discussions — over a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres — facilitated by representatives from Repair the World.

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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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