• 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

    As we celebrate our first Shabbat together, we reflect on the newness the refugees felt when first stepping foot in Seattle, fleeing conflict in their home countries. With incredible thoughtfulness, empathy, and a drive for justice, MCPNW is ready to jump into this important work with the IRC in week 2!


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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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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: In Just One Word

    Welcoming. Empowering. Acceptance. Challenging. These are just some of the words Urban Mitzvah Corps participants used to describe their first few days of volunteering.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps!

    Our Mitzvah Corps teens this summer are doing the same, learning from incredible teachers and yet infusing their own perspective and wisdom into their vision of the world they want to create.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Jersey!

    And even if the results aren’t immediate or complete, this portion helps us chart a course towards a world free of hunger, neglect, and poverty. A world built on love, justice, and equality.


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  • Costa Rica: Extending our Family

    The limited electricity, cell service, and running water quickly turned from a curse into a blessing, just like the words that Bilaam spoke in last week’s Torah portion. The lack of conveniences enabled us to slow down, open up, and find the potential for learning and humor in every situation.


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