UPCOMING EVENTS

Help out at Jenny’s Garden

New York, New York

Sunday | August 25, 2019

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9/11 Week of Service: Wednesday Volunteering at The Campaign Against Hunger

Brooklyn, New York

Wednesday | September 11, 2019

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9/11 Day of Service: Serve Lunch at St. John’s Bread and Life

Brooklyn, New York

Wednesday | September 11, 2019

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9/11 Day of Service: Volunteer to Prep and Serve a Meal at The Mandala Cafe

New York, New York

Wednesday | September 11, 2019

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Serve at your Local Soup Kitchen in Remembrance of 9/11

New York, New York

Wednesday | September 11, 2019

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Help out at Jenny’s Garden

This Sunday, Repair the World and Harlem Moishe House will be bringing a group of volunteers to Jenny’s Garden (formerly known as Riverside Valley Community Garden) with to come and help prepare the garden for spring. 


Jenny’s Garden was started by a group of community volunteers, including Jenny Benitez, in 1975. For more than 44 years, she, with a team of volunteers, has transformed the west side of Harlem into a majestic masterpiece.


Please bring water and a hat, and wear clothes you can get dirty! Gloves and tools will be provided. Please reach out to Jeremy Nicholson at [email protected] if you have any questions. Looking forward to farming with you!

Date

Sunday | August 25, 2019

Time

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM eastern time

Location

699 West 138th Street
New York, New York, 10031

9/11 Week of Service: Wednesday Volunteering at The Campaign Against Hunger

Volunteer with Repair the World at The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH) in Bed Stuy in honor of 9/11.

Date

Wednesday | September 11, 2019

Time

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM eastern time

Location

2010 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11233

9/11 Day of Service: Serve Lunch at St. John’s Bread and Life

Join Repair the World as we volunteer at St John’s Bread and Life in honor of 9/11.

Date

Wednesday | September 11, 2019

Time

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM eastern time

Location

795 Lexington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11221

9/11 Day of Service: Volunteer to Prep and Serve a Meal at The Mandala Cafe

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.


Join Repair the World in marking the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy by serving in solidarity with our community by prepping, serving, and cleaning 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 and help package toiletry kits. *


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 | September 11, 2019

Time

3:30 PM - 7:30 PM eastern time

Location

88 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, New York, 10026

Serve at your Local Soup Kitchen in Remembrance of 9/11

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is an annual tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.


Join Repair the World in marking the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy by serving in solidarity with our community at the Community Kitchen and Pantry of West Harlem. The kitchen is an initiative of the Food Bank of New York City, with the mission of ending hunger by organizing food, information, and support for community survival, empowerment, and dignity. The full-service soup kitchen and food pantry provides more than 100,000 free meals each month.


Volunteers will be supporting to prep and serve Dinner Service, which is a community meal open to anyone experiencing food insecurity.


Please note the following details:




  • Age requirement: This event is open to 18+




  • Accessibility: Volunteers will be on their feet for most of the three hours of service. Volunteers will not be expected to climb any stairs.  If you have any questions regarding accessibility for this event, please do not hesitate to reach out.




  • What to wear: Volunteers are required to wear close-toed shoes & shirts with sleeves; longer pants are recommended.




  • Cancellations: If you can no longer attend the event after signing up, please contact us within 24 hours of the event so we can plan accordingly.




If you have any questions or want to learn more information, please reach out to Liza Freed at [email protected]

Date

Wednesday | September 11, 2019

Time

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM eastern time

Location

252 West 116th Street
New York, New York, 10026

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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]
        • 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]
        • Juli Bearse

          Operations Associate, Repair the World NYC

        • Juli Bearse

          Operations Associate, Repair the World NYC
          Originally from Connecticut, Juliana is a director, actor and producer with a passion for building and supporting community. Her search for every-day work of community-led activism got her excited about Repair the World. She was then better acquainted with the Crown Heights Workshop last year while producing and directing the world premiere of 123… a play about abandonment and ballroom dancing by Lila Rose Kaplan. She holds a B.F.A from University of Connecticut. Juli also loves swimming, traveling and crafting charcuterie boards with close friends.[email protected]
    • Ilana Ascher

      Fellow, Repair the World Harlem

    • Ilana Ascher

      Fellow, Repair the World Harlem
      Ilana is a recent graduate of Oberlin College, where she studied psychology and was a Site Leader and Tutor for AmericaCounts, a federally funded program designed to bring resources to schools and education programs to ensure all students are achieving at grade level in reading and math. Ilana is excited to spend a year with Harlem Repair and wants to dedicate her year of service to learning about the possibility of dedicating her life to social work. Ilana is fluent German and studied abroad in Berlin. She is a self-proclaimed pin-collecting feminist socialist![email protected]
    • Caitlin Garbo

      Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn

    • Caitlin Garbo

      Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn
      Caitlin recently graduated from Cornell with a major in Human Development and minors in Education and Inequality Studies. Caitlin was Cornell Hillel’s development intern in and for several semesters she also worked weekly with young adults with developmental disabilities in a career skills program through a local school. Caitlin enjoyed building relationships with the students and watching their growth, particularly in their confidence. Caitlin is excited to be a Fellow this year and have the opportunity to engage deeply with local community organizations that are taking on education justice work.[email protected]
    • Matt Kaufman

      Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn

    • Matt Kaufman

      Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn
      Matthew majored in Religious Studies at Dickinson College and has been involved with the Philadelphia Friendship Circle and the Philadelphia Anti-Defamation League. Matthew is excited to engage with Jews from a wide variety of backgrounds, who have a wide variety of interests, and hold a wide variety of opinions. Matthew listens to an excessive amount of Punk, New Wave, Twee Pop, and Heavy Metal music.[email protected]
    • Azania Lane-Majestic

      Fellow, Repair the World Harlem

    • Azania Lane-Majestic

      Fellow, Repair the World Harlem
      Azania majored in Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies and Anthropology at American University. Azania interned at Becky's Fund, a non-profit dedicated to ending domestic violence based in Washington, DC and New Voices for Reproductive Justice, a Black women and girls focused reproductive justice non-profit in Pittsburgh. Azania is excited to learn more sustainable and equitable organizing strategies in order to do her part in improving the world and the lives of marginalized people. Azania is proud of the fact that she has personally curated over 100 playlists on Spotify to cater to any mood, era or musical need she might have![email protected]
    • Alexie Muriel

      Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn

    • Alexie Muriel

      Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn
      Alexie recently graduated from Dickinson College where she majored in English and Food Studies. In her last year of college, she served as a Community Service Coordinator for a food justice education program called Keep Hope. Alexie helped to recruit volunteers, create programming, and educated local youth about issues of food justice and how to cook nutritious meals from the food they had access to. Alexie chose Repair the World because she wanted the opportunity to work with an organization seeking to make sustainable, justice-oriented changes in communities where it is long overdue. Alexie has been vegan for two years![email protected]
    • Jeremy Nicholson

      Senior Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • Jeremy Nicholson

      Senior 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.
    • Brenna Rosen

      Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn

    • Brenna Rosen

      Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn
      Brenna recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh after studying Applied Developmental Psychology & Religious Studies. Brenna served as President of Challah for Hunger spent almost all of her Thursday nights baking dozens of loaves of challah to raise money for hunger relief organizations. Brenna also spent two years as a Hillel Campus Engagement Intern, working with students to find meaningful Jewish experiences and opportunities based on their interests. During her senior year of college, Brenna was a Teen and Family Program intern at Repair the World Pittsburgh where she spent time planning and facilitating volunteer events for children and families in the community! Brenna loves being Jewish, helping kids to learn, and sharing experiences with everyone around her. She is excited to use her passions and strengths to work on the education system and get people involved in their own communities. Brenna is on a quest to find the best bagels in the world and one day open her own bagel shop![email protected]
    • Emily Sarasa

      Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn

    • Emily Sarasa

      Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn
      Emily is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she studied Integrated Business and served as President of Knights for Animal Rights and as a PETA Campus Representative. In these roles, Emily organized over 40 educational, volunteer, and community-building events for student activists at the University of Central Florida. Many of these events focused on the intersectionality of issues like food injustice, workers rights, and environmentalism with animal rights. Emily is passionate about using her educational background as a business student for the social causes and organizations she believes in. Emily plays viola and piano![email protected]
    • Haley Schusterman

      Fellow, Repair the World Harlem

    • Haley Schusterman

      Fellow, Repair the World Harlem
      Haley is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied International Relations and Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Volunteerism. During college, Haley taught a weekly class in local high schools near campus through the Teaching International Relations Program. She helped students to critically engage with a variety of topics ranging from climate change and its impacts on food security to human rights to foreign policy. Haley also worked to help mitigate food insecurity on campus by volunteering with the Trojan Food pantry. As a volunteer, she checked students into the pantry and assisted with stocking and sorting donated food. Haley is passionate about creating a more sustainable food system and believes that having consistent access to nutritious food is key to the long-term success of individuals, communities, and the sustainability of our planet. Haley loves to travel and has been to 41 countries![email protected]