In the month leading up to Passover, Repair the World is sharing stories that highlight the on-the-ground ways our fellows, volunteers, and partner organizations serve in solidarity to turn the tables on racial injustice. Today, meet Jacob Spivack, a 13-year old from just outside of Philadelphia who volunteered with Repair the World and Jewish Farm School’s Philly Farm Crew for his bar mitzvah project. Then, join our Passover campaign and help us serve in solidarity by hosting and volunteering. Together we can #ActNowForRacialJustice.

Jacob Spivack caught the sustainable food bug after his cousin told him about CSAs (community supported agriculture) over the dinner table one night. “She told us how they volunteered some weekends at the farm,” he said. A few weeks later, while pondering a project for his upcoming bar mitzvah, his cousin’s words came back to him. A quick follow up conversation later, and he was off.

Partnering with Repair the World and Jewish Farm School, he volunteered four times at the nearby Philly-based urban farm, La Finquita. “I loved the experience,” he said. “It was really cool to work with what I got to eat while helping local communities.” Spivack was inspired to make a video about food waste and sustainable food, based on his experience.

spivack final from Ken Krivitzky on Vimeo.