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Op-Ed: On Martin Luther King Day, Jews Must Acknowledge Their Privilege

This post originally appeared on San Diego Jewish Journal on January 19, 2015

By Maital Friedman/JTA

The events of the last few weeks have shaken me to the core. Beyond the devastation I felt over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, I was heartbroken to learn that the police officers involved would not stand trial. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “I can’t breathe” have become harrowing reverberations of a broken justice system.

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Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response

This post originally appeared on UJA Federation on January 20, 2015

By UJA Federation

A day dedicated to service and community-building was in full swing on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19, as hundreds of volunteers turned out for the Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response initiative held at six sites throughout New York City and Westchester.

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Students Serve Community in Honor of M.L.K. Jr. Day

This post originally appeared on The Pitt News on January 20, 2015

By Kathy Zhao

On Monday morning, Sam Sittenfield sat on the floor of the Repair the World building on Broad St. in East Liberty with two Pitt students, Sarah Shaykevich and Leanna Travis. The trio was sorting through cardstock envelopes stuffed with free samples of Post-it notes and highlighter tabs that they would later donate to after-school programs.

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S.O.S. Hosts M.L.K. Volunteers To Help “Repair The World”

This post originally appeared on Mediation Center on January 20, 2015

By Kevin

Monday, January 19th S.O.S. hosted 18 volunteers from Repair the World, a group that mobilizes young Jewish adults to engage in volunteer projects in cities across the country. As part of Repair the World’s MLK Day of Service, S.O.S. Bed-Stuy staff Juan Ramos, David Grant, and Barry Wiles arranged a screening of The Interrupters, a documentary film about Violence Interrupters in Chicago whose work follows the same model as S.O.S. Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights. Staff led the group of young volunteers in a lively post-film discussion about the roots of violence and neighborhood interventions to create safer streets for all people.

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Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Students Learning and Serving Together

This post originally appeared on Rutgers Hillel in January 2015

 By Gilana Levavi

Toward the end of winter break, I found myself immersed in intense discussions about service, faith, and the game Resistance (which I still don’t understand). Together with 8 other Jewish, Muslim and Christian college students, including Rutgers sophomore Samantha Glass, I participated in the first If We Serve Retreat at Pearlstone Retreat Center in Reisterstown, Maryland.

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Events Planned Throughout Pittsburgh to Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

This post originally appeared on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on January 16, 2015

By Mahita Gajanan

We Change Pittsburgh, a new group that has organized about seven rallies and marches against police brutality and systemic racism since November, has joined with the Thomas Merton Center Antiwar Committee to organize a mass march today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Pittsburgh.

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The Power of Service Can Transform Community, When Rooted in Strong Partnerships

This post originally appeared on Zeek on January 15, 2015

By Cindy Greenberg

Last month I spent three hours sorting radishes at a Brooklyn food pantry in Bed-Stuy — edible, rotten, edible, rotten. It was the least glamorous of volunteer experiences, and honestly, at first I was disappointed to have committed my time to something so mundane. But the radish sorting slowed me down, and those hours created space for thinking and conversation that shifted my perspective.

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On Martin Luther King Day, Jews Must Acknowledge Their Privilege

This post originally appeared on Jewish Journal on January 15, 2015

By Maital Friedman/JTA

The events of the last few weeks have shaken me to the core. Beyond the devastation I felt over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, I was heartbroken to learn that the police officers involved would not stand trial. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “I can’t breathe” have become harrowing reverberations of a broken justice system.

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Op-Ed: On Martin Luther King Day, Jews Must Acknowledge Their Privilege

This post originally appeared on JTA on January 14, 2015

By Maital Friedman

The events of the last few weeks have shaken me to the core. Beyond the devastation I felt over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, I was heartbroken to learn that the police officers involved would not stand trial. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “I can’t breathe” have become harrowing reverberations of a broken justice system.

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Millennials Carry on MLK Tradition

This post originally appeared on Jewish Exponent on January 14, 2015

By dmichaels

As MLK Day approaches, we caught up with two young adults working on longterm projects aimed at improving literacy and nutrition in low-income African-African communities in West Philly and Camden.

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