• Pacific Northwest: Out of Many, One

    The Shma reminds us of the importance of Oneness in our lives and in the work we are doing.  We have begun to create one community amongst ourselves, and as we prepare for the work of the week ahead, we know that it not only embodies the central creed of our faith as Jews, but it also embodies one of the original goals of this country's founders - a goal that is now the official motto of America. E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, One.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Jersey!

    Our hearts have been affected by so many of the people we have met over the past four weeks, by the children at Play SAFE, the speakers and presenters we have heard from, and of course, each other.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Costa Rica!

    Much like Moses revealing the teachings of the Shema and V'ahavtah to the Israelites in our parsha, we've introduced our participants to new ways to view and carry out Jewish values -- no matter if it is in the wilderness or in their own backyard.


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  • Costa Rica: Full of Happiness

    The most inspiring moments for me, however, have been when learning about the independence, resilience, and togetherness in tico communities. This strong sense of community and support have left a strong impression on me, and I hope we can all take these values home with us when we leave.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Sharing Our Summer

    Urban Mitzvah Corps has ignited my flame for social action. I’ve created friendships that will last forever and memories that will never be forgotten. I cannot wait to take all of my knowledge and experiences from UMC back to my temple and hometown.


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  • American South: Leaving this Trip Inspired

    It’s not about us anymore, it is about everyone now. Everyone needs to learn what happened during slavery, during the civil rights movement, and even now with wrongful imprisonment and continued racial discrimination. Once we have the knowledge, we can start to fix our world for a better tomorrow.


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  • American South: 48 Hours in Mississippi

    There are some people in Mississippi, however, who are rising above the average in this state. They are not only speaking out that the state should do better, but they are also attempting to implement change.


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  • American South: Visiting the Lower Ninth Ward

    There is a drastic difference between various neighborhoods in New Orleans, specifically between the Garden District and the Lower Ninth Ward. While driving through the Garden District in New Orleans, we saw beautiful homes with cast iron embellishments and tall pillars. Streets lined with exuberant pastel colored houses add to the overall charm of the neighborhood. Residents walk their dogs and go for bike rides through the bustling area.


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  • American South: Journeying Through the South

    With all of the knowledge I learned on this trip I’m going to teach my family and friends about the injustices that still go on in America to help further prevent more injustices from occurring.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Becoming the Change

    I think that for the first time ever I have truly changed a life. Maybe this Afghan boy feels that for the first time since the chaos in his life, he can be himself. 


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