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Michelle Obama’s Inspiring 2015 Commencement Speech

Every year around this time, we at Repair the World try to bring you some of the best and brightest commencement speeches from around the country. This year, we are just bringing you one: First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent address at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

The First Lady is, naturally, a popular commencement speaker, and we’ve included her words in past years’ roundups. But this year she brought things to a different level by sharing her own story, talking candidly about gender and race, and sharing her thoughts about making one’s way through a world filled with adversity without succumbing to “feelings of despair and anger.” It takes no small amount of bravery to open up in front of a crowd of young graduates (and, thanks to YouTube, the world) or to tackle topics these personal and powerful.

Not surprisingly, a commencement as provocative as Ms. Obama’s has already begun to make waves in the press. Because in the end, all successful speeches do. They must. That is how the world gets shaken up and how important conversations get started. Check out The First Lady’s inspiring 2015 address below, and let us know what you think at @repairtheworld!

Promote Good Health In Your Community for National Nutrition Month

With First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move healthy living initiatives in full swing, New Yorkers contemplating smaller sodas, and healthy school food programs being piloted all over the country, conversations about good health and nutrition are relevant like never before.

In other words, it’s a particularly awesome time to celebrate National Nutrition Month – a month-long celebration of nutrition education, healthy food, and physical activity sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Whether you’re a super healthy eater, someone who lives with a food allergy or sensitivity, or simply someone interested in learning more about nutritious food, there are lots of ways to get involved with National Nutrition Month. Check them out here:

    • Learn more! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics put together a healthy eating reading list, with fascinating “good food” book titles for kids, adults, experts and beginners alike.
    • Buy local. One great way to celebrate National Nutrition Month is to celebrate the very people who grow our food. Buy local produce, grains, cheese, and more at your local farmers’ market, or sign up for a community supported agriculture project (CSA), and get weekly deliveries of fruits and veggies that support your health, and the farmers.
    • Cook right. Cut out all the processed and fast food from your diet by learning how to cook simple, delicious, and nutritious meals. Sign up for a cooking 101 class at your local JCC or culinary center, and check out publications like Cooking Light and Eating Well to get you started on the path of healthy cooking.
    • Prep your snacks. Snacking is one of the quickest ways to add unnecessary calories into our diets – but there are ways to really snack well. Get ahead of your cravings by making healthy snacks (like cut up celery and carrot sticks, fresh fruit, air-popped popcorn, and low-fat plain yogurt) readily available in your fridge or pantry. That way, you’ll be all the more likely to reach for something healthy during your next snack attack.

Promote healthy eating for all. Celebrate and support the organizations that are working to make health, nutritious eating accessible for everyone, regardless of their background. Here are a few week like: AJWS’ Reverse Hunger Campaign, The Fair Food Network, People’s Grocery, Added Value, Mazon, and Stockbox.

What other ways are you celebrating National Nutrition Month? Let us know by tweeting us @repairtheworld.

Thursday Link Roundup: Jewish American Heritage Month

In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month (which is May, for the record), President and First Lady Obama are hosting a reception at the White House tonight.

While the President’s office won’t disclose the full list of attendees, the evening will be packed with innovative Jewish leaders, including Rabbi Sharon Brous who heads up LA’s social justice-oriented spiritual community, IKAR, and Jewish Women’s Archives’ Executive Director, Gail Reimer. (And the amazingly talented Regina Spektor is slated to perform – but I digress.) To celebrate the month and this historic event, here are some inspiring bits from the Jewish service blogosphere. Enjoy!


  • (NY Jewish Week) After several years of planning, the Magen Tzedek (the ethical Jewish food certification pioneered by Rabbi Morris Allen) is nearly ready to hit the shelves.
  • (Dowser) Graduating from college, know someone who is, or just want an extra shot of hope? Check out these 5 inspiring graduation speeches from the last few years – featuring Muhammed Yunus, Bill Gates, Ellen Degeneres and Paul Hawken.
  • (BJPA) The Berman Jewish Policy Archive just hit a milestone: their 5,000th policy document is now online accessible to the public. Check them out here. With categories like social justice, women, youth engagement, social services, immigration and global responsibility, there’s plenty of fascinating service-relevant information out there, just waiting to be explored!
  • (Social Citizens) Check out this fascinating article on balancing idealism and pragmatism within a life of service.


  • (Tom’s of Maine) The environmentally-friendly company known for their natural toothpastes and other beauty products is giving away $100,000 to 5 non-profit organizations. Know a deserving org? Nominate them before July 2 here.

Tuesday Link Roundup

In the week leading up to Passover, here are a few inspiring bits and stories from around the blogosphere…

  • SF Chronicle Vegetable gardens sprout around San Francisco – from the library to the police department, thanks to support and legislation from Mayor Gavin Newsome, and the work of many of the city residents and organizations who are determined to create a greener and healthier city.
  • Yes Magazine Rabbi Ted Falcon makes the connection between Passover and living a more conscious, aware, and free lives.
  • New York Times Sunday’s inspiring immigration rally on Washington draws tens of thousands of supporters and activists.
  • Huffington Post First Lady Michelle Obama makes a cartoon appearance on the Simpsons, standing up for high achieving students. “I got A’s back when A’s were hard to get,” she said. She also plugs organic gardening.
  • Jerusalem Post Hillel and City Year get a major shout out in the Jerusalem Post for their alternative spring break programs, and inspiring college kids to make a difference.
  • JTA Hear Sara Hurwitz talk in her own words about the growing role of women as spiritual leaders in the Orthodox movement. (See the video at the bottom of the post.)