• MCNOLA 2013 at the Lower 9th Ward Village

    Storytelling in the South

    For the past 3 summers, I’ve had the honor of planning and leading the URJ Mitzvah Corps trip through the South. We’ve spent time in Jackson, Montgomery, Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans. We had the opportunity to learn about these different communities and listen to stories to provide context around civil rights, civil liberties, racial justice, criminal justice reform, and why these issues are important to us as Jewish participants.


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  • What Joining My Neighborhood Food Co-Op Taught Me

    Shortly after moving to my current apartment in Brooklyn, my wife and I joined the legendary Park Slope Food Co-Op. The Co-Op is a member-owned grocery store, where every member contributes labor in exchange for access to shop. (Exceptions are made for new parents, individuals with disabilities, and longtime members who have earned retirement.)


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  • Seeking Justice In Local Context

    A couple of months ago, I found myself inside a broken-down house in Houston, Texas. The paint was gone, holes in the walls, and the roof struggling to stay upright – it was a truly devastating sight.


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  • Consider One of These 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

    This time of year it is common for people to reflect on the last 365 days and look towards the future. With 2019 right around the corner it is never too early to start making resolutions for personal enhancement for the year to come. Consider one of these New Year’s resolutions and get excited for 2019 with one of our three unique program options!


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  • DHS Proposed Rule on Public Charge: A Primer

    Thought the DREAM Act was the only immigration-related controversy? Not so fast! Check out the latest development in the realm of immigration reform, and what you can do to take action.


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  • Social Justice Weekly 10.15.2018 – DHS Immigrant Visa Rule

    Alexa and Evan are back with #SocialJusticeWeekly! This time, they're talking about a new immigrant visa rule from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), giving some background, arguments on both sides, and what the Reform Jewish Movement has to say. Watch the video here, read the transcript below, and take action!


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  • National Refugee Shabbat

    We're looking forward to continuing this work with teens next summer, and in the meantime, we want to invite our entire network to participate in the National Refugee Shabbat on October 19-20, 2018.


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  • Getting Ready, Feeling Excited!

    I met AmeriCorps members for the first time when I travelled to New Orleans on a URJ Mitzvah Corps trip after my sophomore year of high school in 2012. While rebuilding a house with the St. Bernard Project, the volunteer coordinator and our site supervisors were all AmeriCorps members. Funnily enough, I found a journal entry I wrote after spending the day working and learning from them, where I wrote “I instantly felt connected to them and was mildly obsessed.”


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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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