• Urban Mitzvah Corps: Just Like Superheros

    Rabbi Goodman explained to us that a prophet is able to stop a mighty stream with mere words. At UMC, we are feeding the hungry, helping provide a safe place for children, brightening the day of the elderly. We are stopping a mighty stream of injustice with very simple acts.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    How is this experience changing you? What are you hoping to get out of the next two weeks?


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  • American South: Visiting Big House Books

    This is the perfect description for how I feel about books. I know without a doubt that it would be impossible to live without them and I believe everyone should have books, regardless of their life circumstances.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Only Two Days In

    It is scary at first, but once you realize that you can handle anything, the trip is really great...and we're only two days in. I can't wait to see what the rest of the our time together in Seattle has in store.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Jersey!

    During our second week together, we have witnessed injustices such as hunger, neglect, and economic disparity, and we chose to fight to mitigate these issues. This Shabbat, we will rest and pray for the strength to continue fighting for justice during the remaining weeks at Urban Mitzvah Corps and beyond.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from the South!

    The Israelites had new experiences, learned about others, and created community in each location. Throughout our journey, we will work together to come to new understandings. We vow to use each experience to pray with our feet.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Someplace New, Together

    This week, Mitzvah Corps Pacific Northwest explored a new city together! We got to know each other while walking along the waterfront, picnicking in the Olympic Sculpture Park, making memories at the Seattle Center, and discovering new shops and foods in the International District and Capital Hill. We toured the beautiful campus at University of Washington, visited the Wing Luke Museum and Jewish Family Services, and most importantly, found our Jewish social justice “roots” through engaging programming with Jewish texts and immigrant narratives.


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  • American South: Visiting Whitney Plantation

    I finally got a true understanding of the institution of slavery. Just learning about it in the classroom is not enough.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Recognizing Privilege

    No one should have to be concerned about where their next meal is coming from and I, along with my fellow participants, hope that one day, no one has to be food insecure, struggling just to make ends meet. What brought us all together in the first place was the shared goal to help other people, to change someone’s life in any small or large way we could.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Volunteering at Regency

    I am so grateful for this opportunity and I hope in the future I can do this type of work again.


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