• 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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  • 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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  • Summer May End, But Our Work Never Ceases

    Our work is far from over. With the books closed on summer, we return to our core mission, to connect Jewish teenagers with opportunities to understand the complexities of the world, and how Judaism empowers them to play an active role in the pursuit of justice. 


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