UPCOMING EVENTS

Fundraiser and BOARD GAME PARTY

Brooklyn, New York

Sunday | April 22, 2018

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Earth Day Weekend of Service

Brooklyn, New York

Sunday | April 22, 2018

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Guns Don’t Kill: A Closing Reception

Brooklyn, New York

Thursday | April 26, 2018

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Building a Sanctuary Within

Brooklyn, New York

Thursday | April 26, 2018

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Green NYC One Tree at a Time: Volunteer with Brower Park!

Brooklyn, New York

Friday | April 27, 2018

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Volunteer at Emma’s Torch!

Brooklyn, New York

Sunday | April 29, 2018

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Repair the World NYC Families: Mama’s Day Bail Out in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York

Sunday | May 6, 2018

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Repair the World NYC Families: Mama’s Day Bail Out in Harlem

New York, New York

Sunday | May 13, 2018

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Volunteer with Sure We Can

Brooklyn, New York

Saturday | May 19, 2018

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Fundraiser and BOARD GAME PARTY


Come join and celebrate the end of tax season with a Fundraiser and BOARD GAME PARTY  

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 12 noon to 5PM



Hosted by Aleph and Amanda Melpolder as a surprise for Jeff Greenberg (so, please don’t tell him)




Settlers, Ticket to Ride and Dominion will be on hand.

New games and game demos will also be available.

Kid-friendly (pre-school aged) games for the kiddos.

Please feel free to bring your own board games of choice.



Amanda will be providing food, drinks and booze. She is also raising money for Repair the World.



$20 contributions appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.

















Date

Sunday | April 22, 2018

Time

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM eastern time

Location

808 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11216

Earth Day Weekend of Service

Join us for a weekend of gardening in celebration and honor of our beautiful and bountiful planet earth! Earth Day was originally founded as a day to not only honor nature but to come together and fight to protect the environment. Give thanks, connect with the BK community and share your practices and ideas on how to protect our planet and conserve the environment for future generations to come.


Sign up for one (or all three!) farming opportunities!


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Saturday, April 21st 9am-1pm @ East New York Farms



The mission of East New York Farms! is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in their community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development.  East New York Farms! is a project of the United Community Centers in partnership with local residents.



East New York Farms! have been working with youth, gardeners, farmers and entrepreneurs to build a more just and sustainable community since 1998.



Volunteer with Repair the World NYC and Brooklyn Farm Crew at East New York Gardens Day! Gardens throughout East New York will be open for volunteers who would like to offer a helping hand in getting their green spaces prepped for their growing season. We’ll be building raised beds, turning compost, sowing seeds and much much more! Here’s to a beautiful earth day weekend and an abundant growing season.



Farmers and gardeners of 11+ are welcome!



** Exact garden location will be sent with RSVP confirmation



Sunday, April 22nd 10am-1pm @ The Youth Farm



The Youth Farm is located on the campus of the High School for Public Service in Crown Heights and operates as an educational production farm. The farm offers New Yorkers opportunities to increase their knowledge of the food system and build high level organic growing skills to share with their communities. The Youth Farm grows organic food and flowers on one acre for the community and beyond, and offers hands-on farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults. In the spring volunteers will pitch in on a variety of organic farming tasks including, bed preparation, composting, watering, propagation and much much more! This is a great opportunity for those looking to learn more about production farming in NYC!




Sunday, April 22nd 1pm-3pm @ Bushwick City Farms



Bushwick City Farms is a network of open spaces run by neighborhood volunteers that provide free food, clothing, and educational programs for the community. Centered in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn, the farms create a unique opportunity to experience active models of responsible food productions. Their motto is give-as-you-can, take-only-as-you-need.


Date

Sunday | April 22, 2018

Time

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM eastern time

Location

Brooklyn, New York, 11203

Guns Don’t Kill: A Closing Reception

As GUNS DON’T KILL . . . A RE-IMAGINING‘s time at Repair the World NYC comes to a close we hope you will join us for one last celebration with artistic duo Evan Schwartz and Michael K Dorr. There will be snacks, drinks and a live jazz band. Come mingle, enjoy the art and connect with the artists behind this incredible work.


The closing reception will take place on Thursday April 26th from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm at the Repair the World NYC workshop (808 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn NY).




GUNS DON’T KILL . . . A RE-IMAGINING is a collaboration between artist Evan Schwartz and writer, poet, artist, Michael K. Dorr. Their thirteen “Sculptings” (sculpture / painting hybrids) explore gun violence, racism, exploitation, and oppression in America by re-imagining classic American artworks that stretch from the Founding Fathers to the late Twentieth Century.


For more information on the exhibition and it’s events check out this feature in Bedford + Bowery and this video on their panel with the Crown Heights Mediation Center.


RSVP to reserve your FREE ticket



Date

Thursday | April 26, 2018

Time

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM eastern time

Location

808 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11216

Building a Sanctuary Within

“Moments after the shackles have been removed from the limbs of a slave. She realizes for the first time that her time is her own. Her body is her own, her thoughts are her own and in that moment great fear and dissonance can surface, questioning what freedom can be in face of a newfound uncertainty.” 


How do you care for your spirit? Join us for a multifaceted evening of spiritual awakening as we dive deep into learning and song with RabbiZayah of Union Street Sanctuary! 


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RabbiZayah is a musical collaborative which believes that movements, communities and individuals organize arounds rhythm and song, and that it is our natural inclination as people to sing together. RabbiZayah’s music spans cross-racially, culturally and religiously, bringing together diverse voices from. It is our belief that through song we build dialogue and through dialogue we build a stronger and more sustainable future for our shared destiny. Inspired by Rabbi Isaiah J. Rothstein, a mixed-race Jew from Monsey, NY. RabbiZayah Brings together ideas around Biblical themes, self-care, civil rights, spiritual longing, dreams, relationships, community and personal connection.


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Dinner (pizza!) and Drink will be provided. RSVP to reserve your spot for dinner.

Date

Thursday | April 26, 2018

Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM eastern time

Location

Brooklyn, New York, 11213

Green NYC One Tree at a Time: Volunteer with Brower Park!

Help Green NYC- one tree at a time!


Volunteer with Friends of Brower Park for their My Park Day where they will collaborate with New York Restoration Project (NYRP)  to give away 100 trees! This is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to get involved with local parks and neighborhood greening.


We are recruiting for two days (feel free to sign up for one or both!)





April 27 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM (snacks for all) to unload trees and store them in the Butterfly Habitat (Brower Park will supply a snack)


AND


April 28 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM (snacks for all)



    1. 9:30 AM setup tables and distribution area

    2. Tree distribution area – handing out trees

    3. Staff managing tree distribution forms

    4. Staffing tables FoBP

    5. Tree Care demo helpers

    6. Cleanup beginning at 1 PM


Please RSVP to reserve your spot for this project.


Contact [email protected] with any questions

Date

Friday | April 27, 2018

Time

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM eastern time

Location

Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11213

Volunteer at Emma’s Torch!

The new restaurant and kitchen space of Emma’s Torch will be opening up in May, and they need help getting the place ready!


Emma’s Torch is a non-profit organization that’s mission is to harness the power of the culinary industry to help refugees build new lives in their new communities. In other words, they provide refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking with culinary training, ESL classes, and interview preparation and help them get jobs in the restaurant industry after they graduate from the program. Emma’s Torch is named after Emma Lazarus, who wrote the poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty, welcoming immigrants to this country.


On the weekends, Emma’s Torch also opens up as a restuarant with New American cuisine, and the students prepare and serve the food. The restaurant is a win-win-win: practice for the students, a way for the organization to cover costs, and a delicous brunch spot for you and your friends!


Please join Repair the World to volunteer at Emma’s Torch and help them prepare for opening the new restaurant and for new students. Volunteers will help with painting, building furniture, cleaning, and data entry.


Please contact Emma Saltzberg at [email protected] with any questions!

Date

Sunday | April 29, 2018

Time

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM eastern time

Location

345 Smith Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11231

Repair the World NYC Families: Mama’s Day Bail Out in Brooklyn



Every day, thousands of families around NYC are separated because they cannot afford to pay bail. Join us to reunite mamas with their families this Mother’s Day. We’ll be learning from our partners at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, packaging supplies for mamas recently released from jail, and fundraising to support bail outs this May.


Kids of all ages welcome. Donations encouraged to cover the cost of supplies. 



Date

Sunday | May 6, 2018

Time

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM eastern time

Location

808 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, New York

Repair the World NYC Families: Mama’s Day Bail Out in Harlem



Every day, thousands of families around NYC are separated because they cannot afford to pay bail. Join us to reunite mamas with their families this Mother’s Day. We’ll be learning from our partners at the Bronx Freedom Fund, packaging supplies for mamas recently released from jail, and fundraising to support bail outs this May.


Kids of all ages welcome. Donations encouraged to cover the cost of supplies. 



Date

Sunday | May 13, 2018

Time

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM eastern time

Location

318 W 118th St,
New York, New York, 10026

Volunteer with Sure We Can



IN 1983, THE NEW YORK STATE PASSED THE RETURNABLE CONTAINER ACT REQUIRING A FIVE-CENT DEPOSIT ON CERTAIN BEVERAGE CONTAINERS.  REDEMPTION RATES AND CONTAINER LITTER REDUCTION AVERAGE 75 PERCENT ANNUALLY. MUCH OF THE RECOVERY OF THESE CONTAINERS IS DONE BY CANNERS, WHO ARE PEOPLE THAT COLLECT EMPTY CONTAINERS FROM BUILDINGS, RESTAURANTS AND FROM THE STREETS.

Sure We Can is a non-profit recycling center, community space and sustainability hub in Brooklyn where canners, who are people that collect cans and bottles from to streets to make a living, come together with students and neighbors through recycling, composting, gardening and arts. 


It is their mission is to support the local community, particularly the most vulnerable residents, and promote social inclusion, environmental awareness and economic empowerment. For ten years, Sure We Can has served the community of canners, and today it has evolved into a community center that promotes a sustainable urban culture and facilitates a circular economy.


Come out and volunteer with Repair the World NYC at Sure We Can on Saturday May 19th! Get a tour of the facilities, meet the folks who keep the operation going and help out in their compost department! Sure We Can diverts 50 tons of organic waste from the landfill every year in support of NYC’s goal of “Zero Waste by 2030.” The organzation also sells their compost within the community to finance their mission and canners.


Please wear closed toe shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and be ready to sift some compost!


Volunteers must be 18+



Date

Saturday | May 19, 2018

Time

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM eastern time

Location

Brooklyn, New York, 11206

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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

  • Cindy Greenberg

    Executive Director, Repair the World New York City

  • Cindy Greenberg

    Executive Director, Repair the World New York City
    Cindy is the founding executive director of Repair the World NYC, where she has built a robust program focused on mobilizing the Jewish community to meet pressing local needs through service and learning in Central Brooklyn. She has a passion for launching and managing innovative initiatives in Jewish life. Previously, she worked for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life for fifteen years, including as the executive director of NYU's Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. Cindy holds a masters degree in Non-Profit Management from NYU's Wagner School and is the recipient of the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence award, Hillel's highest honor for a professional. Cindy lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Dan, and their three children.[email protected]
  • Alli Lesovoy

    Program Manager, Repair the World Brooklyn

  • Alli Lesovoy

    Program Manager, Repair the World Brooklyn
    Alli is a San Francisco Bay Area native who graduated in the spring of 2013 from UC Davis with a BA in Sociology. Her participation and leadership at URJ Camp Newman, Peninsula Temple Beth El, the Jewish Community Teen Foundations, the San Francisco Diller Teen Fellowship, North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, and Hillel sparked and expanded her passion for social action within a Jewish context. Her experience ranges from philanthropy and social organizations to youth leadership. As a Repair the World Baltimore fellow in 2013-14, Alli mentored elementary and middle school students who were at risk for being chronically absent in a Baltimore City Public Schools. In 2014-2015, she helped launch Repair the World local programming in NYC, focusing on education justice partnerships as one of two Repair the World NYC Site Development fellows. She has been working on staff ever since, first as an Engagement Associate and now as a Program Manager.[email protected]
  • Mark Appling

    Workshop Coordinator, Repair the World Brooklyn

  • Mark Appling

    Workshop Coordinator, Repair the World Brooklyn
    Mark has long been passionate concerning issues of economic and social justice, recognizing that education and the arts offer vital pathways to advance these goals. After earning a B.A. in Music at Texas Wesleyan University, Mark moved to the Northeast to pursue graduate degrees in music at New England Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music. As a musician and educator, Mark has seen firsthand the immense power of the arts as a socially unifying force. Mark is beyond excited to join the Repair the World team. A Crown Heights resident, Mark enjoys traveling, hiking, and taking long walks around the neighborhood with his Cocker Spaniel, Kennedy.[email protected]
  • Liza Freed

    Program Manager, Repair the World Harlem

  • Liza Freed

    Program Manager, Repair the World Harlem
    Liza was born and raised in Westchester, NY and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2015 with a B.S. in Speech Pathology. She spent 11 formative summers at URJ Eisner Camp as a camper, counselor, and senior staff member, where she learned how to apply Jewish values to become a socially engaged member of her community. Her commitment to social justice and background in youth leadership led her to Repair the World where she is excited to manage expansion into Harlem. Liza lives in Brooklyn and loves to bicycle, draw and paint, hike, and seek all kinds of adventures.[email protected]
     
  • Rachel Figurasmith

    Family Education Coordinator, Repair the World NYC

  • Rachel Figurasmith

    Family Education Coordinator, 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]
    • BECCA ATLAS

      Education Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • BECCA ATLAS

      Education Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Rebecca is a gymnast and Binghamton University graduate. She currently volunteers at an alternative school with students who suffer from behavioral or learning disabilities. As a mentor for at-risk students, she acts as a role model, encouraging them to achieve their goals. Producing a difference in one person’s life leads to a better society at large.[email protected]
    • AMANI BEAUZILE

      Education Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • AMANI BEAUZILE

      Education Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Amani graduated from SUNY-Oswego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Amani was heavily involved with her university’s Residence Life and Housing, where she led a team that orchestrated move-in for students at the beginning of the semester. In addition, Amani worked as a counselor with the Fresh Air Fund. Amani is excited to become a Repair the World Fellow in order to contribute to her community in ways that she previously hasn’t.[email protected]
    • BRIAN BROCHSTEIN

      Food Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • BRIAN BROCHSTEIN

      Food Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      In addition to studying Geological Science at UT Austin, Brian was the Student Executive Board President at Texas Hillel. And, he once spent 24 hours straight in a rocking chair for charity! Brian chose to join the Repair team because he sees food inaccessibility as a lifetime issue and hopes to learn more about how systemic change can mitigate those injustices. [email protected]
    • MICHELE CHAYKA

      Food Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • MICHELE CHAYKA

      Food Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Michele’s family is from the Soviet Union and she grew up speaking Russian as her first language. She’s a recent graduate of University of Minnesota and studied Political Science. She spent the past year volunteering with colleagues at an organization called Open Arms, which helps people with terminal illnesses get access to food.[email protected]
    • RAFFAELLA GLASSER

      Food Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • RAFFAELLA GLASSER

      Food Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Raffaella interned at Binghamton University's student run farm "BU Acres" growing and harvesting fruit and vegetables. She also worked with the City of Binghamton's urban farm to assist them as they expanded their affordable community supported agriculture program for local residents. Fun Fact: She lived in an ice cream truck in Hawaii for almost 4 months![email protected]
    • MIRIAM LIPSCHUTZ

      Food Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • MIRIAM LIPSCHUTZ

      Food Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Miriam was VP of Education, and then President, of University of Vermont’s Challah for Hunger program where she expanded their advocacy, education, and membership. Miriam majored in Animal Science and even took a year-long class in which she milked cows and ran a dairy farm! Miriam joined the Fellowship because she’s excited to create opportunities for community members to access affordable and healthy food. [email protected]
    • MIRA NATHANSON

      Education Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • MIRA NATHANSON

      Education Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Mira graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Urban Education Policy. Mira was the Chair of UPenn’s chapter of J-Street and spent last summer teaching third graders math, science, reading, and writing at Leadership Prep Brownsville Elementary Academy in Brooklyn. Mira also once got to sing for the President and First Lady at the White House Chanukah party with her college a cappella group![email protected]
    • EMMA SALTZBERG

      Education Fellow, Repair the World NYC

    • EMMA SALTZBERG

      Education Fellow, Repair the World NYC
      Emma took a gap year before college and lived in Israel volunteering at a kindergarten in Bat Yam. In this suburb of Tel Aviv, Emma realized how rewarding it was for her to help improve quality of life through hands-on education reform. Upon returning from Israel, Emma attended Tulane University and majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her favorite part of living in New Orleans was the multitude of food and music festivals to explore![email protected]