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Look Beyond the Nostalgia to Confront Current Race Issues

This post originally appeared on Jewish Exponent on January 13, 2015

By Rabbi Seth Goren

Of the many memorializations of the civil rights movement, among the most familiar to Jews is a photograph of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marching in 1965 in Selma, Ala. In addition to its own innate power, it is referenced as evidence of our community’s support for black rights and the strength of African-American/Jewish relationships.

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Repair the World Begins Year Two with Uniquely Philadelphia Coktails

This post originally appeared on City Suburban News on December 2, 2014

By City Suburban News

At “Cocktails with a Conscience” participants will test their knowledge of the City of Brotherly Love in a game called “QUIZZO!” Participants will compete in three quiz rounds, while discussing such important issues facing the city as class and race divisions and how food is produced and distributed.

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Jewfro: Beyond Binaries

This post originally appeared on The Jewish News on October 30, 2014

By Ben Falik

The only absolute binaries that I know — things that can truly be only one or the other — are the following: unique and non-unique, pregnant and phew. Those can only be those. Every other concept, group, pattern, threshold or delineation I have ever encountered allows for some variation, however small, between or around the two alternatives.

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Young, Diverse, and Full of Moxie, Detroit’s Jewish Community Is Making A Comeback

This post originally appeared on Model D Media on October 21, 2014

By David Sands

Not long ago, speaking about a resurgent Jewish community in Detroit would have had folks thinking you were a few candles short of a full menorah. Since the late 2000s, though, there’s been a major revival of Jewish life in the city, spurred on by an enthusiastic influx of young Jews under the age of 40.

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At ‘Simchat Torah Across Brooklyn,’ No Politics, Just Joy

This post originally appeared on Forward on October 17, 2014

By Gabe Friedman

In the Grand Army Plaza, at the entrance to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the circle dance threatened to close me in. I had avoided it for some time, but the energy was contagious. I gave in and danced in one of the joyful concentric circles.  This was the third year of “Simchat Torah Across Brooklyn,” an outdoor celebration spearheaded by Rabbi Andy Bachman and Cantor Joshua Breitzer of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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‘Poverty Simulation’ Helps Drive Home The Reality

For one intensely compressed month, Christine Smith tried to live as “Robert Rogers” on $1,517 in the frenetic world of Realville. She took on the role to dip into the experience of being poor.

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Activists Prepare for Climate March

This post originally appeared on JEwish Exponent on September 17, 2014

By jelkin

Michelle Marks, 67, stood out in a West Philadelphia meeting space filled with mostly 20-somethings painting cardboard signs with phrases like “Philly Loves Climate Justice.” The group of local Jewish activists were preparing for the Sept. 21 People’s Climate March in Manhattan.

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Thomas Hearns Joins Effort to Fight Detroit Blight

This post originally appeared on USA Today on July 9, 2014


Boxing great Thomas “Hitman” Hearns has joined an effort to fight blight in the Detroit neighborhood where he grew up. A number of others have helped put together the cleanup along with Repair the World Detroit, a Jewish volunteer organization.

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Repair The World…Welcome To The Workshop

This post originally appeared on The Jewish News on June 29, 2014

By Ben Falik

Even if you weren’t present for the Grand Opening of The Workshop — perhaps you were walking/running for Israel, Lagging b’Omer or pollinating at Flower Day — you were there in spirit. So thank you for being there in spirit (and for leaving the Honeybee Market guacamole for the rest of us).

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Good Fellows

This post originally appeared on My Jewish Detroit in June 2014

By Vivian Henoch

Last September, AJ Aaron (24), Michael Evers (25),  Joel Millman (24), Coco Spencer (22) and Carly Sugar (25) came to the city to live, work and play. Together, they’ve embarked on an adventure, living and working together as the first cohort of Fellows at Repair the World Detroit, a nonprofit community service organization that recruits and matches volunteers — working in partnership with schools, youth programs, urban gardens and neighborhood associations throughout the city.

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