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Inspire A Different Kind of High Holiday Service with Repair the World

Summer is in full swing, which means that September – and the High Holidays – are coming up fast. The extended season between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a time to look inward and focus on personal reflection and repentance. But it can also be a time to look outward to the world and make a difference.

This year, Repair the World will be thinking about service a little differently during the High Holidays – and we invite you to join us in spreading the message! As part of Hunger Action Month (which also happens to fall in September), we are building a movement of volunteers to raise awareness about food justice, while fostering stronger local food systems, self-reliant communities, and a healthier environment.

That’s where YOU come in! We are looking for passionate individuals and organizations to lead the charge in building this movement. Working together with Repair the world, movement leaders will help organize food justice volunteer opportunities between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (September 13- 23, 2015), host a Turn the Tables dinner, and, most importantly, help Inspire Service.

Think you’ve got what it takes to spark a movement? Sign up to become a Repair the World Movement Leader, and create meaningful opportunities for service for yourself, your friends, and your wider community. Or, do you want to participate as a volunteer? Sign up here and help us build something big!

PRESS RELEASE: REPAIR THE WORLD NAMES DAVID EISNER PRESIDENT & CEO

– Former Head of Corporation for National and Community Service and National Constitution Center to Lead Jewish Service Movement –

EisnerJANUARY 16, 2013, New York, NY – Repair the World, the country’s leading national nonprofit organization mobilizing Jewish volunteers, today announced the appointment of David Eisner as its new president and CEO. Eisner, who was appointed by President George W. Bush to head the Corporation for National and Community Service and tapped by former President Bill Clinton to lead the National Constitution Center, joins as the organization embarks on a new strategic direction.

“We are thrilled to welcome David, a well-known, visionary leader with extensive experience in the non-profit, for-profit, government and grant-making sectors who embodies a passion for Jewish culture and learning,” Geoff Lieberthal, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said. “His track record of enhancing the efficacy, programming and positioning of leading organizations is extraordinary and makes him the right leader for Repair the World.”
Eisner’s appointment, which follows an extensive search, is the latest step in Repair the World’s evolution. In 2012, Lieberthal, Principal at Lee Equity Partners and a founder of the volunteer consulting group Inspire!, was elected as Repair the World’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, and the organization is finalizing the details of its new strategic plan in the coming months.

“Repair the World is a young organization with a limitless potential to help others and to have a profound impact on Jewish volunteerism and service in the United States,” Eisner said. “Global issues related to education, health, poverty, and the environment require innovative ideas and hands-on solutions. We are building a movement to capitalize and build on the ingenuity of individuals and the commitment of organizations on the ground dedicated to making a difference.”

A former executive at AOL Time Warner and America Online, Inc., where he established and directed the AOL Foundation, Eisner has helped build and raise funds for start-up organizations that have become the platform for innovation in the philanthropy and service worlds.

As the CEO of the independent, federal Corporation for National and Community Service from 2003-2008, Eisner helped drive America’s national service programs including AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America. Appointed to lead the $1 billion organization by President George W. Bush, Eisner is widely recognized for strengthening the agency’s accountability, improving customer service, increasing public trust, and positioning CNCS for significant growth with a strong focus on volunteer recruitment and mobilization. At CNCS, Eisner worked with Points of Light and others to expand MLK Day into the National Day of Service it has become today.

He is also credited with success at the National Constitution Center, the museum, education hub and civic venue that engages all Americans in smart conversations about freedom and civic responsibility. He led the Center from 2009 to 2012, transforming it into a national leader in meaningful online and on-site discussion about the Constitution and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Early in his career, Eisner was a senior vice president for Fleishman-Hilliard Communications, directed public relations and field communications for the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C., and served on Capitol Hill as the communications director and press secretary for several members of Congress.

He has served on many boards of national nonprofit organizations, including Independent Sector, the National 4-H Council, Public Allies, Points of Light and Network for Good.  He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from Georgetown Law.

Repair the World began operations in 2009 through the founding partnership of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, Jim Joseph Foundation and Nathan Cummings Foundation. It has been highlighted in The Slingshot Guide, a resource guide for Jewish innovation for 50 of the most creative and effective organizations and leaders across the country.

“We are thrilled to have a leader of David’s stature and experience taking the helm of Repair the World. Under his leadership, Repair will help to mobilize a generation of young Jews committed to making an impact on the world, as well as ensure that service and volunteerism are central to Jewish life,” said Lynn Schusterman.

To learn more about Repair the World, visit www.weRepair.org

 

ABOUT REPAIR THE WORLD

Established in 2009, Repair the World is a national nonprofit organization that mobilizes Jewish Americans to address the world’s most pressing issues through volunteering.  Headquartered in New York City, we connect individuals with meaningful service opportunities to help their local, national and global communities, and enable individuals and organizations to run effective programs rooted in Jewish values. For more information, visit weRepair.org. Follow us on Twitter @repairtheworld.

 

CONTACTS:

Jacqueline Broder / [email protected] / 646.695.2700 *13

Jacob Berkman / [email protected] / 212.981.5187

 

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‘U Lead, We Lead’ event encourages cross-campus conversation

Small blue cubes topped the tables of the HUB ballroom Thursday night.

On each side of the cube was a question. As students, faculty, and community members flooded the room, table captains greeted them. Throughout the night, these captains facilitated conversations about leadership using these cubes and other tools.

The “U Lead, We Lead” event drew approximately 300 people. In addition to the table groups, guests heard from key members of the community on what it means to be a leader.

“Who are you? Who are you becoming? Who do you want to be, and why is that what you want to become?” Rabbi Will Berkovitz, vice president for Repair the World, a Jewish organization advocating for global service, asked the audience.

The event was part of the Husky Leadership Initiative, which is an ongoing program to encourage leadership in the UW community. Lincoln Johnson, UW director of student activities and associate vice president for campus life, gathered a group of 28 community members last spring to spearhead the project.

Johnson said the goal is to bring the campus together to form conversations about leadership.

“A lot of good development is going on in terms of leadership but a lot of it is decentralized,” Johnson said.

Senior Evelyn Jensen, who helped organize and lead the event, said most of the leadership groups on campus have been a part of “U Lead, We Lead” and its creation. She said the wide range of people involved in the event helped add to the diversity of the conversations.

“We’re bringing in communities from all across UW. We have ASUW, we have RHSA, we have the Greek community, we have the [Ethnic Cultural Center] — just a lot of leadership groups,” Jensen said. “We have a really diverse group of people coming in and speaking about what their thoughts on leadership are.”

UW President Michael Young was one of many speakers at the event, telling students that one of the most important qualities of a leader is the ability to react to any situation. He said his life didn’t go exactly as he planned, but he learned a lot from his experiences.

“I know you all have your careers all planned out, but I can promise you that very little will go the way you planned it,” Young said. “And that’s going to be a wonderful thing. And what you learn, fundamentally, is how to deal with what life throws at you.”

He defined a good leader as someone who is able to take initiative and compel other people to do what is best for the community­ — and for the world. And he said that while academics are definitely a key part in becoming a good leader, other skills learned at the university level are more important.

“I realize you’re studying chemistry, political science, English, and dance and all these other things,” Young said. “But what’s important is the basic understanding that you’re going to get about how you can use those interpersonal skills that you develop to be thinking about how you can get people to do something that really matters in the world and make a difference.”

Sophomore Christina Xiao attended “U Lead, We Lead” as a volunteer, but she said she was still able to learn a lot from the conversations and the speakers.

“I think this was a really good idea; it’s a really interesting concept,” Xiao said. “I really liked what [Berkovitz] said about using your skills and your passions to meet the needs of society. I thought that was a really good message.”

Johnson said this is the first of many leadership events that will appear on campus this year.

“We want it to be an ongoing conversation,” Johnson said.

Repair Hero: Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs is in the business of empowering kids.

He is the Executive Director and co-founder, along with his brother Stephen, of Kids Creative – an arts non-profit that engages students from pre-K through high school in writing and performing their own live theatre and musical events. The programs, which run after school and at camps during the summer, empower participants to create something they’re proud of, and help build leadership and communication skills.

The organization’s vision of “a better, more peaceful future…through the arts,” is focused around what the Jacobs brothers call the 6 C’s of peacemaking in youth: confidence, creativity, conflict resolution, community, collaboration and – of course – cookies. Kids Creative has worked with more than 2,000 students in NYC to create over 85 original productions and countless songs – like this one about dancing robots.
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