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Jews of color are chronically undercounted, researchers find

This article was originally published in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on May 30, 2019. 

By Josefin Dolsten

(JTA) — The Jewish community has been undercounting the number of people of color who are Jewish, a new analysis found.

Researchers at Stanford University and the University of San Francisco examined 25 population studies of American Jews and found that many failed to ask about race and the methods they used meant that nonwhite Jews were undersampled.

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Real Repairs

This article originally appeared in the Baltimore Jewish Times on May 29, 2019. 

By JT Staff

Volunteers from Repair the World Baltimore gathered at Real Food Farm’s Perlman Place site, coinciding with Repair the World’s national #MayWeRepair campaign, on May 19.

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One Month After Poway

This article originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy on May 24, 2019.

By Philippa Boyes

It’s been nearly a month since the shooting in Poway. In the aftermath of the attack, the Jewish media was filled with articles about the importance of building relationships with other communities targeted by white nationalists to combat all forms of hate. Other than expressing this solidarity on social media, what steps have most of us actually taken to create change, to build these relationships, and to demonstrate solidarity? As the U.S. grows increasingly segregated, ask yourself – what is my action plan for making sure I’m in deep relationship with people who are different than me?

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PJ Library and Repair the World Present Family Gardening Night

This article was originally published on Shalom Pittsburgh.

Join PJ Library East End families and Repair the World for an evening of gardening at the Sheridan Avenue Orchard. We will spend the first hour working in the garden then head back to Repair the World for dinner (Milky Way pizza), story time and reflection.

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Alternative Spring Break program gives teens a chance at tikkun olam

This article originally appeared in the STL Jewish Light on May 9, 2019.

By Stacy Bernstein

On our third day in New Orleans my teen group spent the morning volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank.  That afternoon, we walked into a local grocery store in the Lower Ninth Ward where the group was greeted by the owner, Burnell.  Over the next hour, Burnell shared with us the story of how he had rebuilt his grocery store and community in the 14 years since Hurricane Katrina.

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JLEAD graduates celebrate completion of leadership program

This article originally appeared in Jewish Community Voice on May 8, 2019.

By the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey

Twenty-one South Jersey Jewish teens graduated from the JLEAD program in mid-April. The program, a collaboration of the Katz JCC, JCC Camps at Medford, and BBYO South Jersey Region, inspires and involves Jewish teens in South Jersey through leadership development and personal evolution.

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Korean-American leader of Renewal movement says it’s a white world at the top

This article originally appeared in The Times of Israel on April 26, 2019. 

By Josefin Dolsten

JTA — SooJi Min-Maranda rarely sees other Jewish people who look like her.

“I often feel very isolated as a Jew of color living in the Midwest,” she said.

Min-Maranda, who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband and two children, was born in Korea but moved with her family to the United States at the age of 3.

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Meet the Korean-American woman who leads the Jewish Renewal movement

This article originally appeared in the Jewish Press of Tampa on April 23, 2019.

By Josefin Dolsten

SooJi Min-Maranda rarely sees other Jewish people who look like her.

“I often feel very isolated as a Jew of color living in the Midwest,” she said.

Min-Maranda, who lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband and two children, was born in Korea but moved with her family to the United States at the age of 3.

In her role as executive director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, she may be the most visible person of color leading a Jewish religious organization.

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Let all who are hungry (one in seven Americans) come and eat

This article originally appeared in The Times of Israel on April 19, 2019. 

By Cindy Greenberg, Interim CEO of Repair the World

On Friday night, Jewish people, loved ones, and friends around the world will join together for Passover seders. And while no two seders are exactly alike, certain rituals, traditions, and words are common in almost every seder: The four questions. Looking for the afikomen. The profound statement “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” Undoubtedly, this sentence comprised of eight direct and powerful words would be overwhelming if taken literally. And, like any words said over and over, the sentence can lose its meaning. In the spirit of Passover and of asking questions, let’s step back and ask ourselves what are we actually doing so that all who are hungry can come and eat—not just at our seders, but every day of the year.

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Hillel of Buffalo: Repairing the world one day at a time

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 edition of Jewish Journal.

By Alexa Zappia

For the past few months, Hillel of Buffalo has been immersed in an intensive discovery process known as Organizational Design Lab (ODL). As part of this process, members of the Hillel staff met one-on-one with students to learn how we can best serve their interests and needs.

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