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Apr. 24, 2023

Repair the World Promotes Janu Mendel to Senior Director of Community Impact 

April 24, 2023

Repair the World Promotes Janu Mendel to Senior Director of Community Impact 

(New York) – Repair the World, an organization that sits at the intersection of Jewish engagement and social change, announced that Janu Mendel of Miami, Florida has been promoted to senior director of community impact. 

“After an extensive and robust search process, I am thrilled to announce Janu Mendel as our next senior director of community impact,” said Shana Bloom, Chief Program Officer, Repair the World. “Janu stepped seamlessly into his regional leadership role in 2021, and has built a strong, supportive, and collaborative southeast team. Throughout his time at Repair, Janu has played a pivotal role in seeding and supporting Repair’s growth. He has mentored countless staff and fellows in Jewish educational pedagogy, facilitation, community engagement, and recruitment.”

Janu noted, “After six years at Repair the World, my belief in our mission has only grown stronger. I have experienced how effective our work is on so many levels. It makes me so proud to see the incredible partnerships our teams have built in our communities, and the relationships that continue well beyond the co-creation of meaningful service and learning programs. I could not be more thrilled to continue serving an organization that I care so deeply about, and doing my part to help elevate the already incredible work that our community teams do every single day.”

About Janu Mendel

Janu was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica where he had his bar mitzvah in a sand-floored synagogue and developed his life-long love of reggae music. He completed his B.Sc. in Political Science in 2005 at the University of the West Indies. He immigrated to the United States in 2006, working in corporate business for seven years. Seeking something more meaningful, he found his home in Miami’s Jewish community and realized that this was where he belonged professionally. He was recruited as an outreach fellow for Temple Beth Am in 2013, and managed their young-adult engagement efforts for five years.  Concurrently, he spent three years on staff as director of engagement at the University of Miami Hillel. This opportunity to take a more active role in community building and civic engagement led him to his role as founding executive director of Repair the World Miami.  Janu is an alumnus of the Padres Summer Program,  Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program for Jews of Color, and the Wexner Field Fellowship. 

Janu has been with Repair since 2017 in multiple roles, including most recently as Southeast Regional Director.  He officially began his new role on April 3rd.  

About Repair the World

Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. We believe service in support of social change is vital to a flourishing Jewish community and an inspired Jewish life. By 2026, Repair will inspire and catalyze one million acts of service towards repairing the world.

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