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News Briefs: Repair the World Names Director, Mayim Bialik Meets Rivlin, and More

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Exponent on March 28, 2018.

Repair the World Names New Philadelphia Executive Director

Repair the World: Philadelphia announced the hiring of Rachel Berger as its new executive director.

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Haggadahs Blend Traditional, Modern Topics

This article originally appeared March 28, 2018 in The Jewish Exponent.

By Selah Maya Zighelboim

Haggadah means “telling,” and different versions of the Passover seder script, translated and retold in countless languages countless times, can certainly be telling about the state of the world.

And this year’s crop of new haggadahs and supplements are certainly no different. Though the reading of the haggadah is a custom thousands of years old, these are all relatively young, as they place this ancient story in a contemporary context.

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Jewish organizations encourage retelling the Passover story with trivia cards

This article originally appeared on Religion News Service on March 26, 2018.

By RNS Staff

(RNS) — Quick: “Why do Jews from Gibraltar sprinkle brick dust into their Passover haroset dish?”

Or, “Why do Middle Eastern Jewish families whip themselves with scallions at the seder table?”

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With Houston still suffering, Jewish groups step up hurricane relief efforts

This article originally appeared in the JTA on March 22, 2018.

By Ben Harris

Avram Mandell is no stranger to disaster zones. As the founding director of Tzedek America, a Los Angeles-based social justice group that runs relief trips for Jewish teenagers, Mandell helped out in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the wake of a devastating 2016 flood.

So he was hardly surprised on a recent trip to the Houston area with 15 California teenagers to discover floodwater still in homes six months after Hurricane Harvey decimated the area.

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5 Haggadahs and other Passover supplements to modernize your seder this year

This article originally appeared in the JTA on March 21, 2018.

By Gabe Friedman

(JTA) — Although Jews have celebrated Passover by reading from the Haggadah in one form or another for 2,000 years, Jewish organizations and publishers strive each year to connect the holiday to modern times with fresh Haggadahs as well as supplements.

If you’re looking to give your seder a distinct 2018 flavor, consider these options — they bring up topics ranging from Donald Trump to Ethiopian chickpea matzah.

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Online movement fetes diversity of Jewish women

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Advocate on March 14, 2018.

By Alicia Landsman

BROOKLINE – Every year during Purim, Jews around the world retell the story of Esther, a Jewish woman of color who saved her people from imminent genocide. Now, thousands of years later, Mizrahi, Sephardi and Jewish women of color can share their own stories through the #ShareHerStory digital campaign. This new campaign is a partnership between the Jewish Women’s Archive, the Jewish Multiracial Network and Repair the World.

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Be’chol Lashon and Repair the World Create New Passover Seder Supplements

This article originally appeared in e-Jewish Philanthropy on March 13, 2018.


To spark conversations connecting the ancient Passover Exodus story to modern struggles for freedom, Be’chol Lashon and Repair the Word are teaming up to offer specially designed seder supplements this Passover. The materials, part of the Passover campaign, #MemoryToAction, encourage seder participants to engage in meaningful, sometimes difficult conversations about how we talk about individual and systemic struggles for freedom in the context of the Passover story.

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Sharing special stories for Purim

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Chronicle on February 26, 2018.

By Tamara Fish

Traditionally Jews worldwide have shared mishloah manot, little packages of sweets and treats, with their loved ones and friends for Purim. What would the equivalent be for our digital age? Rebecca Katz of Repair the World, a US based organization, asked this very question, and in a brainstorming session with Mikki Pugh from the Jewish Women’s Archive and me from the Jewish Multiracial Network, the #ShareHerStory campaign was born.

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Making an impact – Thoughts on Allocating Jewish Philanthropic Time and Resources in 2018

This article originally appeared in eJewish Philanthropy on February 21, 2018.

By Larry Brooks

In his book, Good to Great and The Social Sectors, Jim Collins articulated a question many struggled to ask. Namely, how could the nonprofit sector shift its focus from inputs to outputs, which moves us closer to measuring the genuine impact of the organization’s work? Collins’ words paved the way for even more important queries, including not only how does a nonprofit measure impact, but also how does it articulate its impact.

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Jewish Women of Color Highlighted for Purim

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Exponent on February 21, 2018.

By Marissa Stern

Celebrating Purim is more than just eating hamantaschen and twirling groggers. There’s one famous character whose ethnic identity may get overlooked: Esther.

This year, to add to your mishloach manot goodie bag, Repair the World, Jewish Women’s Archive and Jewish Multiracial Network are honoring the legacy of the Jewish woman who bravely saved her people from the evil Haman in ancient Persia.

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