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Repair Interview: Jerusha Klemperer of FoodCorps

January is Healthy Living Month here at Repair the World. Stop by all month long for interviews with our favorite health-focused organizations, inspiring stories, and tips to change your life while changing the world.

Its no surprise that we love service programs here at Repair the World. We also love organizations that work to create healthier kids and communities. So we’re pretty much over the moon for FoodCorps, an organization that’s part of the AmeriCorps service network, and that “connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy.” Yeah. Pretty awesome.
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Repair the World Visits the White House

“What is a movement? A movement is a group of people and organizations working toward a common purpose. Movements need leaders, organizations and activities,” Jon Rosenberg, Repair the World’s CEO, posited to a crowd of prominent nonprofit and community leaders from across the country  and key White House staff last week.

That’s right — on Wednesday, July 11, Repair the World’s CEO Jon Rosenberg visited the White House for a special forum focused on faith-based service and social innovation, where he talked about our work building a movement that inspires American Jews to make service a defining element of American Jewish life, learning and leadership.

The event was co-hosted by the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. The former works to build bridges between the federal government and nonprofit organizations – both secular and faith-based – to better serve Americans in need, and the latter promotes service as a way to develop community leadership and works to increase investment in innovative community solutions (and, by the way, is led by Repair the World’s friend and supporter Jonathan Greenblatt). The event was attended by

The forum offered a fantastic opportunity to share Repair the World’s vision and approach to data-driven service innovation – highlighting our research, our unique partnerships, and the means by which we foster service work on the ground. In a quick TED-like presentation, Jon talked about our outstanding roster of Jewish service-learning, campus and other partnerships we’re so thrilled to have. He also hinted at something we’re really, really excited about: our upcoming education and literacy initiative, which will mobilize Jewish Americans to serve as tutors, mentors, college access coaches, and other educational volunteers in low-income communities. (Stay tuned for more on this!)

We also blushed a bit when Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which works to improve the overall effectiveness of national and community service programs, led a town hall-style meeting and opened with a shout out to Repair the World. She recounted an inspiring conversation that took place over a year ago, initiated by Jon and former Repair the World fellow, Perry Teicher (who just happened to be in the audience while spending the summer working at the Washington D.C. office of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, building faith-based program opportunities) and held up Repair the World as an exemplar and even called for a round of applause.

In other words, it was a great day for Repair the World – filled with dialogue and potential partnerships with distinguished faith-based service organizations and their leadership.

We were lucky enough to capture Jon and Wendy’s remarks on video. We personally enjoy this great snippet where Jon shares four important takeaways from Repair the World’s work:

  1. Be data driven. Our work is grounded in research: about adults, about program effectiveness, and about the needs and practices of organizations.
  2. Don’t go it alone. Identify partners, shared interests and work in that shared space towards collective impact and success.
  3. Behave transparently, and with integrity, individually and across your organization. And strive, as hard as it is, to transcend competition.
  4. Find amazing people and give them what they need to transform their organizations, their communities or their peers.

Check out Jon’s remarks (please disregard the time clock hand!), and Wendy’s kind words about Repair the World below. We’re excited about having everyone join our movement. Are you in?

Repair the World, Jewish Jumpstart join White House faith-based forum

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Leaders of two Jewish social action groups addressed a White House forum on faith-based social innovations.

Shawn Landres, the founder of Jewish Jumpstart, and Jon Rosenberg, the CEO of Repair the World, were among 13 leaders of faith-based groups and three government officials who participated Wednesday in a Faith-Based Social Innovators Forum convened by the White House.

Landres described a generational shift from Jewish social action advocacy addressing Jewish needs to cultivating Jewish activism in the wider community.

“The primary engine for innovation no longer is found in centralized communal institutions working to meet collective Jewish needs,” he said in his address. “Today, that energy has shifted outward to independent grass-roots initiatives, many of which seek to express Jewish values through service, education, and social and civic advocacy.”