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What We Stand For at Repair the World

This post originally appeared in The Forward on January 19, 2017

By Liz Fisher, COO Repair the World

I haven’t (yet) seen Hamilton. Like many, I’ve heard the soundtrack and recently was reminded of a lyric from the show: “If you stand for nothing, Burr, what will you fall for?” “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Turns out, that quote likely didn’t originate with Alexander Hamilton. Whomever said it first, it echoes in my head as we move towards inauguration day and a new administration.

At Repair the World, we recognize that dissent and debate leshem shamayim (for the sake of heaven) are inherently Jewish and American values. We honor the rights of individuals and organizations to disagree, to express their opinions and perspectives in non-violent ways, and to engage in action to improve our communities and nation.

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Campaign Gives Young Jews a Platform To Fight for Racial Justice

This post originally appeared in The Forward on January 11, 2017

By Marcy Oster

A campaign to engage Jewish young adults in taking action for racial justice is sponsoring a platform for people to find opportunities across the country for Martin Luther King Day weekend.

The year-long “Act Now for Racial Justice,” a program of the Repair the World initiative, plans to engage thousands of Jewish young adults in supporting racial justice through volunteer service, dialogue and learning over the MLK holiday weekend.

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Campaign Gives Young Jews a Platform To Fight for Racial Justice

This post originally appeared on The Forward on January 11, 2017

By Marcy Oster

A campaign to engage Jewish young adults in taking action for racial justice is sponsoring a platform for people to find opportunities across the country for Martin Luther King Day weekend.

The year-long “Act Now for Racial Justice,” a program of the Repair the World initiative, plans to engage thousands of Jewish young adults in supporting racial justice through volunteer service, dialogue and learning over the MLK holiday weekend.

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Monday Link Roundup

Happy Monday! Hopefully you enjoyed a spectacular and restful weekend. Now, say hello to the week with your weekly round up of semi-random but totally inspiring service related posts from around the web.

  • The Huffington Post shared an op-ed that argued that the key to sustaining the world’s food security is to empower the world’s women farmers.
  • Sustainablog published a piece about an awesome new smart phone app that helps you curb your food waste.
  • The Forward looked back in history at activism in New York City over time – and what lessons we can learn from the past.
  • Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, a grantee-partner of Repair the World shared the story about the revitalization of a neighborhood library that is changing the world of reading in a Rwandan neighborhood.
  • GOOD leaves us this week with the story of an anti-poverty campaign that moved from tweets to historic Camp David, where this year’s G8 Summit was held.

Monday Link Roundup

Happy Monday! We hope you had a fabulous weekend kicking through the autumn leaves and drinking hot cider (or is that just our idea of the perfect weekend)? Now, to get your day started off right, here is your weekly roundup of inspiring and thought-provoking service and social justice stories from around the web. Read on…

    • Have Fun Do Good highlighted the work of dancer Sara Potler, whose amazing organization Dance 4 Peace focuses on conflict resolution and civic education through dance in youth around the world.
    • JSpot highlighted a recent meeting of faith-based disaster and relief recovery leaders, which focused on how best to serve the low-income communities that are often hardest hit.
    • The Forward honored Evelyn Lauder (who recently passed away). The daughter-in-law of cosmetics legend Estee Lauder, Evelyn pioneered the pink ribbon that has become the leading symbol of breast cancer awareness.
    • The Huffington Post published an inspiring article by Racheal Yeager of the HERproject about empowering women to be leaders in sustainable development.

    GOOD ends things on a hopeful note with their “document hopefulness” slideshow. It’s a bit cheesy, sure, but there’s nothing wrong with a little excess hope. What are you feeling hopeful for this week? Email us.