• Learn and Live: A Civil Rights Journey through the American Deep South

    We are two friends. From the moment we were given the opportunity to spend 12 days in the American Deep South learning about past and present Civil Rights struggles, we knew this was a journey we wanted to take together. It seemed a natural and fascinating continuation of our 10 years at The Toronto Heschel School.


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  • Mitzvah Corps: L’Dor V’Dor

    Going on the Mitzvah Corps of the American South six years ago was a truly transformative experience for me. I was 16, and didn’t know anyone else who would be on the program. I also hadn’t been to New Orleans or anywhere else in the Deep South before, and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Even though I was nervous, I had completed many volunteer projects before and was excited for the opportunity to get my hands dirty while making the world a better place.


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  • How Mitzvah Corps Ignited my Flame

    Since entering high school, I’ve tried to remain as active as possible in Jewish life. As a Freshman, I joined my local Temple Youth Group (TYG) board and soon after, began attending regional NFTY events in the Garden Empire Region (GER). I was drawn to NFTY both because of how caring and open the community was, and because it gave me the opportunity to strengthen my Jewish identity alongside my peers.


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  • Welcome the Stranger

    Thousands of years ago, our ancestors wandered through the desert dreaming of liberation. Today, millions still wander, millions still seek equality and freedom. When I began learning about the world’s refugee crisis as a kid, I started to better understand the importance of welcoming the stranger and supporting those in need.


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  • #ActNowAgainstHunger

    This year, as one of many ways we’re mobilizing this holiday season, Mitzvah Corps is joining Repair the World’s #ActNowAgainstHunger campaign, and we encourage you to join us!


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  • URJ Youth Hurricane Response Update

    The youth of the Union for Reform Judaism have been among the most vocal, passionate, and dedicated, committed to effectively providing aide to those affected. The devastation has spread over three NFTY regions (Texas Oklahoma Region, Southern Tropical Region, and New York Area Region), and below is an update on the ways they’ve mobilized, and opportunities to support their efforts.


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  • Jewish Framing for Natural Disasters

    The strength of our Jewish community rests on the foundation of our entire existence; time and time again we've been put to the test, and time and time again we've demonstrated and incredible ability to take matters into our own hands and turn tragedy into power.


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  • Educate Around Hurricane Harvey

    In order to ensure the long term survival of our communities, we need to educate ourselves on the real challenges and nuances of the impact of natural disasters, so that we can be loud and effective advocates for support on a much larger scale.


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  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

    Right now, the most effective way to act is to make a financial contribution to those directly affected by Hurricane Harvey. Find out how!


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  • In the News: Seattle & the IRC Partnership

    Since 2015, the IRC and Mitzvah Corps Pacific Northwest summer camp has engaged over 120 Jewish teens and 150 refugees in the greater Seattle area. As our work together continues to blossom, so have the needs of the local refugee community, leading to the creation of a second summer camp location in Kent, WA this past 2017 summer. The piece below, which aired on Q13 Fox in King County, WA, offers a brief glimpse into a day at our camp.


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