• Costa Rica: Visiting the Yorkin Village

    My favorite moment was when I was working in the dirt with the gardener, Marjorie, sitting next to me. There was a language barrier between us; I know the absolute bare minimum of Spanish and she didn't known English, and yet we were still able to communicate between hand signs, laughs, and smiles.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps!

    Similarly, our teens are exposed to these conversations not to foster guilt, but to bring awareness to circumstance, to the role and the obligation that we each have to pursue justice.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Costa Rica!

    This Shabbat, we will look up into the rainforest; we will look up into the trees that are home to toucans, monkeys and sloths, trees that provide sustenance for the community, and we will allow ourselves to be wrapped up in the awe of the world that has been created for us.


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  • Costa Rica: Using Photography to Understand Others

    What I realized when we traveled into La Carpio today was that my love of photojournalism could help me gain a better understanding of those who lived there.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Continuing the Fight

    Voting rights is not an issue left for the 60s; our nation was founded on the right of representation and if certain populations are discouraged from voting, it undermines our nation.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Visiting the National Civil Rights Museum

    The museum did a good job connecting the broad aspects of history to the Civil Rights movement and after visiting it, I want to continue to learn about the importance of the Civil Rights movement and its impact on world history. I hope these experiences will allow me to even teach others about the importance of the Civil Rights movement.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Inspired by the Past

    From a historical perspective, visiting the 16th Street Baptist Church and Selma were the most important moments of this journey for me because these are places that signify a movement whose march is still continuing. Today, walking in the footsteps of all those significant people, along with people whose names I may never know, inspired me to take more action for the similar problems that exist today.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Two Weeks in Seattle

    Trips like these can be terrifying like it was for me. However, had I not taken a step outside of my comfort zone, I would not feel as fulfilled and motivated as I do right now.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Visiting the Human Rights Campaign

    I was raised to believe that everyone is created equal, no matter their skin color or sexuality. This is why the HRC is so important to me. The people at this organization are fighting hard for equality...But reality can be changed, and the HRC is trying to do just that. I urge everyone to either donate or volunteer with this great organization, because civil rights are human rights.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps!

    Our teens have been inundated with information, their eyes open to the complexities of the world, to the challenges that still require solutions, and the grey areas that they'll grapple with for a lifetime. And yet, when we recite the Sh'ma, we're reminded that at the core of the human experience is how we hear one another. 


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