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Volunteer to Prep and Serve a Meal at The Mandala Cafe

New York, New York

Wednesday | July 24, 2019

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Volunteer to Prep and Serve a Meal at The Mandala Cafe

Join Repair the World to prep, serve, and clean up a community meal provided by local nonprofit Mandala Cafe.


Mandala Cafe is a nonprofit committed to providing culinary training for those who are unemployed/underemployed, formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated, undocumented individuals and youth. Their weekly meal is distributed to community members with varying levels of food security.


This project will take place in two shifts. Please sign up for one of the following shifts:


3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Volunteers will support in preparing the weekly meal. *


5:30 – 7:30: Volunteers will support in serving and cleaning up after the meal. *


*Please note- All volunteers are invited to grab some food and eat with their neighbors. All volunteers should wear closed toes shoes and clothes that can get dirty.


For more information please contact Jeremy Nicholson at [email protected]

Date

Wednesday | July 24, 2019

Time

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM eastern time

Location

88 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, New York, 10026

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Our Work

Repair the World NYC launched in the fall of 2015 to tackle pressing local needs by mobilizing communities to volunteer. We enable people to transform their neighborhoods, city and lives through meaningful service experiences, rooted in Jewish values, history and heritage. Our team of eight full time fellows partners with fifteen organizations in Crown Heights and Bed Stuy to recruit and train the volunteers needed to address education and food justice needs in Central Brooklyn. Repair the World’s collaborative community storefront space at 808 Nostrand Ave is a hub for service and social justice initiatives.

OUR TEAM

        • Rachel Figurasmith

          Interim Director, Repair the World NYC

        • Rachel Figurasmith

          Interim Director, Repair the World NYC
          Rachel Figurasmith is and born and raised New Yorker. She has worked in education and non-profit spaces for over a decade and is passionate about increasing access to quality education for all young people. Rachel has worked as an after-school program director, synagogue education director, caseworker for Swahili-speaking refugee teens, and a summer camp director. Currently, Rachel is a college instructor for several courses on working with children with disabilities and is an education consultant in NYC schools and after-schools. Rachel holds a BA from Hampshire College and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rachel lives in Long Island with her husband, toddler, and two dogs.[email protected]
        • Liza Freed

          Program Manager, Repair the World Harlem

        • Liza Freed

          Program Manager, Repair the World Harlem
          Liza Freed is a Program Manager for Repair the World Harlem. She is particularly passionate about mentoring, coaching, and investing in young leadership and loves managing team of three recent-college graduates participating in the Repair the World service-year fellowship. She previously worked as the teen director at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn where she was recognized for her ability to empower teens to engage in high-level programming that uses Judaism as a lens to examine injustice and inequity. She’s worked with numerous nonprofits including Creative Art Works and Bike and Build, both of which informed her love for service-oriented group experiences. Above all, she owes her passion for Jewish-informed social justice work to the 11 formative summers she spent at URJ Eisner Camp where she was a camper, staff member and eventually a senior staff person overseeing a staff of 30 and over 100 campers. Liza lives in Brooklyn and bicycles everywhere she can.
          [email protected]
        • Kate Thomas

          Family & Education Program Manager, Repair the World NYC

        • Kate Thomas

          Family & Education Program Manager, Repair the World NYC
          Kate comes to Repair the World a community social worker, spanning experience in education, counseling, community organizing, and Jewish social justice efforts. Most recently, Kate served as the Community School Director at Brooklyn Landmark Elementary advocating for educational equity and coordinating community resources. A licensed social worker with an MSW from NYU and BASW from Rutgers University, Kate has trained in diverse settings including The Door Bronx Youth Center, Rutgers Hillel, and Robert Wood Johnson's office for community health promotion. She has also staffed Mitzvah Corps Seattle, a teen social justice collaboration with the International Rescue Committee, and worked as a residential counselor at Wediko Children's Services where she provided clinical guidance to children with complex trauma. After completing her time as a 2014-15 Repair the World Baltimore Fellow, Kate stayed connected on the Repair the World NYC advisory board. In her free time, she enjoys theater, writing poetry, and vacationing to anywhere with a lake!
          [email protected]
        • Amani Beauzile

          Event Specialist, Repair the World NYC

        • Amani Beauzile

          Event Specialist, Repair the World NYC
          Amani was born and raised in Queens, New York and has always held the communities within the city close to her heart. After gaining her bachelor’s degree in psychology, she decided to dedicate herself to working within community and thus served as an education justice Fellow with Repair the World NYC. She has invested her time working with various non-profit organizations like the Fresh Air Fund and the Food Bank For New York City. Amani served as a Repair Fellow in Brooklyn in 2017-18, she volunteered regularly with Legal Hand and the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. A lover of dogs and food, Amani looks forward to being able to continue to serve the city she loves with others who are committed to social change.[email protected]
        • Andrew Davidov

          Program Manager, Repair the World Brooklyn

        • Andrew Davidov

          Program Manager, Repair the World Brooklyn
          Life has come full circle for Andrew at Repair the World. After graduating from Binghamton University in 2015 with a B.A. in English and a Concentration in Rhetoric & Global Cultures, Andrew joined the 2015-16 Repair the World NYC cohort as a Food Justice Fellow. Following his Fellowship year, he moved into the Moishe House in Park Slope, where he currently resides, and has worked for Penguin Random House, Yelp, Brooklyn Grange, Amir, Congregation Beth Elohim, Union Temple and, possibly his favorite of all, families around Brooklyn as a babysitter. He is excited to be back at Repair the World NYC part-time as the Workshop Coordinator and assisting around the organization as a Fellow mentor and program associate. Andrew is planning on heading to graduate school in Fall 2020 to receive his MPA to manage institutions around environmental disasters. During his free time, you can catch him cooking at home, reading in Prospect Park or melting over cute Brooklyn dogs.[email protected]
    • Tori Burstein

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Tori Burstein

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Tori is a recent graduate of University of Florida, where she studied psychology and sports management and was a student ambassador for the University of Florida's Counseling and Wellness Center. She served alongside counselors and students to reduce the stigma against mental illness and promote the importance of mental well-being and seeking help. She is passionate about the intersections between Judaism, social justice, and service, and is proud of the fact that she once bowled a perfect game!
    • Danna Creager

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Danna Creager

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Danna attended UCLA where she double majored in political science and geography. For the past year, she has been a Social Justice Fellowship Intern, exploring social justice through a Jewish lens with three different cohorts of student. During her internship, she was able to bring in outside knowledge of social justice and environmental work. She is passionate about two things more than anything: social justice and changing our country's (and world's) currently unsustainable food system. She doesn’t understand many pop culture references because she grew up without cable!
    • Josh Flink

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Josh Flink

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Josh is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied psychology and Judaic Studies. In the summer of 2017, he volunteered at PORDAC (Protection of the Rights of Differently Abled Children) in New Delhi, India. He helped plan activities for 4-18 year-old children and also assisted with vocational training. He loved learning about Delhi's culture and giving what he could to the Pordac community. Josh is passionate about food justice because at the end of the day, everyone deserves to be nourished, to eat healthy, and to have the resources they need in order to succeed. He spent the summer of 2018 backpacking through Southeast Asia!
    • Maya Hawkins

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Maya Hawkins

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Maya is a Brooklyn native who just graduated from NYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a minor in Creative Writing. Highly involved with the Habonim Dror movement, she’s acted as Youth Education Coordinator & Staff Manager, and Education Coordinator at Camp Gilboa over the past few summers. Maya has never finished an ice cream cone so she always gets get ice cream with friends so they can finish it for her.[email protected]
    • Jill Levinson

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Jill Levinson

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Jill attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and self designed a major in Art and Social Change, minoring in Sustainability Studies. She worked at the local conservative synagogue's Talmud Torah where she taught 6th-grade religious school, covering topics such as Hebrew, Jewish traditions and holidays, and what it means to be a Jew. She is excited to join Repair the World because she believes that social justice work needs to take place on multiple levels and if you don't get on the ground, you know the community’s needs to create true systematic change. She is also scuba certified!
    • Jeremy Nicholson

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Jeremy Nicholson

      Harlem Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Jeremy graduated from the University of Vermont, where he majored in Environmental Studies and founded Green Mountain Manna, a Jewish outdoors club. He also wrote his senior thesis on founding Green Mountain Manna on campus. Jeremy is passionate about food justice because after all, people cannot survive or function without access to food.
    • Riki Robinson

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Riki Robinson

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Riki went to Pitzer College where she graduated with a degree in sociology and Asian American Studies. She worked as a Program Coordinator at Pitzer College's Center for Asian Pacific American Students where she helped start a dialogue series and bike share program. She believes education is key for social connection and transformation; in particular, it’s integral to honor that different forms of knowledge can be liberating for people from historically marginalized backgrounds. She also enjoys making and trading zines!
    • Alison Rollman

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Alison Rollman

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Alison graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in sociology and worked as a health equity intern at Partners for Better Health in Ontario, California. She worked on an asset-mapping project with teen leaders and focused on mapping healthy food access and distributing information to the local community. She is excited to engage more deeply in justice-oriented Jewish communities and to be part of an organization working together for meaningful change. She also studied abroad in Nepal where she learned conversational Nepali!
    • Jaz Twersky

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Jaz Twersky

      Brooklyn Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Jaz attended University of California, San Diego where they majored in linguistics. They were Editor-in-Chief of their university's independent newspaper, reporting on controversies at the school and bringing to new issues to light. Working as a journalist allowed them to see how both university and local school systems fail students in a number of different ways. They also enjoy knitting and once knitted a dragon!