• Opening Reflections: Exploring Seattle and Dorm Life

    Mitzvah Corps PNW participants Noa and Yasiel reflect on their first few days in Seattle; adapting to dorm life, a Seattle Underground tour, collaborating with the International Rescue Committee, and so much more!


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  • Why I Came Back to Urban Mitzvah Corps

    Most people tend to only do one year of Urban Mitzvah Corps, so why did I decide to return to do two? Good question! I wanted to return to make new friends, relive the fun I had last year, and once again brighten other people's lives.


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  • The Next Generation of Reform Jewish Social Activists

    Growing up in NFTY-GER, it’s hard to not come across Urban Mitzvah Corps (UMC) in some fashion. When I was a participant in NFTY-GER, UMC was present at the end of every event in the form of shout-outs, as well as being the focal point of Winter Kallah. Everyone always would rave about their amazing experiences at UMC, about how their summer in New Brunswick was one of the most impactful summers of their lives. That’s why this summer I made the decision to come to UMC, not as a participant, but as a staff member.


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  • Reflections on the First Few Days of Urban Mitzvah Corps

    As I drove through the gates at URJ Camp Harlam on opening day I always heard the words “welcome home” as a drove by. To me, that phrase meant the agonizing months of waiting for summer at camp were finally over. I would immediately exhale and relieve the butterflies in my stomach. I had this same experience every summer for the past five years.


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  • Follow Along Mitzvah Corps Summer 2019!

    Welcome families! This summer, your teen will embark on the journey of a lifetime with Mitzvah Corps! Our teams in New York, New Jersey and Washington are working tirelessly to prepare for another amazing summer! As you prepare for the departure of your teen, we want to take a moment to share with you how […]


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  • 5 Actions You Can Take Right Now to Better the World

    By Kate Kaput, 5/30/2019 It’s been just over a week since the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) wrapped up its 2019 Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Jewish community’s flagship social justice event. Attended by more than 1,000 clergy, lay leaders, and other activists, this was the largest Consultation in history – and the lessons learned there […]


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  • Learning How to Make a Difference in Our World

    By Rabbi Karen R. Perolman What prevents us from directly and regularly engaging in social justice work? So many of us want to make a difference and help to repair what is broken in our world, and yet, it can often feel overwhelming. Instead of doing anything, we feel frozen; we sit at home reading […]


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  • What I Learned About Youth Adult Partnership from Teen Activism

    About a year ago, I kept hearing these words, over and over again from the current NFTY North American Membership Vice President, Will Saltzburg. He was one of many teens helping to work with the URJ to organize our representation at the National March for Our Lives event on March 24th, 2018.


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  • Learning and Growing Through Meaningful Service

    Starting a new program isn’t easy. There are many risks, unpredictable challenges, and a great deal of hard work. Last year, we created a new Mitzvah Corps program in Atlanta, in partnership with URJ Camp Coleman and Camp Best Friends, called Mitzvah Corps Atlanta. For many years, NFTY-SAR and STR have run Camp Jenny, a program giving children from an impoverished Atlanta community the opportunity to receive tutoring and support throughout the year, which then culminates in a 4-day long camp experience at Camp Coleman over Memorial Day Weekend.


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  • Ethan Asher, Matt Deitsch, and David Hogg’s Advice for Youth Activists

    At NFTY Convention over President’s Day Weekend, NFTYites had the chance to learn from three stellar gun violence prevention activists: Ethan Asher, President of HOTTY and Director of March for Our Lives Georgia, Matt Deitsch, Chief Strategist of March for Our Lives, and David Hogg, co-founder of March for Our Lives. They shared advice for gun violence prevention activists, and knowledge about organizing that can benefit anyone doing to tikkun olam - working to repair the world.


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