This article originally appeared in Baltimore Jewish Times on November 23, 2022.
In September, the Repair the World Jewish service movement announced a new cohort of young adult fellows who will be working with them for the next two years. The organization, which aims to bring Jewish people together under the banner of social justice and activism, has its fellows work with local nonprofits to gain a deeper understanding of societal issues, issue-based learning and community aid.
Since 2009, Repair the World has strived to engage young Jewish adults in community service and social activism. Some of the issues they focus on include racial inequities, food and housing insecurity, and advocating for reforms in the education system.
“Through deep and meaningful connections with community, our new and senior fellows will address vital needs in pursuit of justice, tzedek,” said Melissa Levine, senior director of immersive service at Repair the World. “Along with their service, they will explore the intersection of social, racial and economic justice, identity and community through a Jewish lens, while simultaneously building concrete professional skills.”
Of the 23 fellows who will be spending two years helping the world through na’aseh v’nishma (“action and learning”), three are stationed in the Baltimore area: Lou Fusco, Jane Keller and Rachel Siegel, who was previously featured in a “You Should Know” profile in the Baltimore Jewish Times in July.