• Urban Mitzvah Corps: Connecting with Others, Making an Impact

    As I sit here reflecting, I realize the very thing that worries me, that the work we’re doing is on such a small scale, is exactly what allows us to have such a huge impact. I cannot create peace. I cannot end hunger. But I can make a person happy. I can work day-by-day, hour-by-hour, to make people's worlds just a little bit brighter, and over 29 days, with 32 people doing the same, and for 46 years and counting, there will be an impact.


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  • New Orleans: All That Jazz – Visiting Preservation Hall

    After a hard day of volunteering, Mitzvah Corps New Orleans attended a concert at Preservation Hall. Found right in the middle of the French Quarter, this historic landmark provides an intimate venue to experience a major New Orleans point of pride - jazz music.


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  • Southern California: “Who is wise? One who learns from all people.”

    While the staff has been pushing the teens to really grasp the themes of our program, poverty and workforce empowerment, the city’s issues don’t need much pushing. With the highest poverty rate of any city in the United States and a growing homeless population, these problems are right in front of all of our faces, and the teens have fully embraced it.


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  • New Orleans: Connecting Through Dance

    I was never good at talking with people. As a kid, I would hide whenever a new person walked in the room, but things changed when I started dancing. Dance is a way to communicate non-verbally with others. Coming from a background of anxiety in social situations, dance has been a savior for me.


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  • Israel: Meeting Yosi

    Many times when groups come to work, a mess will be made for them to clean up or the project to be worked on is something unimportant and tedious. However, this specific project was different. It was extremely evident to us how helpful this was to Yosi, how it would actually impact his everyday life. Knowing that you really made a difference for a person is a special feeling and motivates you to work harder and have fun with it.


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  • Israel: Play Without Fear

    Childhood should be a time of fairy princesses and play pretend, without a worry in the world. This is not the childhood the children in Sderot have experienced. These children have to face a complicated reality: one filled with war, bombings, rockets, fear, and death.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Israel!

    “If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert.” – David Ben Gurion Mitzvah Corps Israel spent most of this past week in the south of Israel, talking about what it means to have vision and dreams, but to then go beyond that point and make them happen, to really create something. Standing […]


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  • Israel: Ifs, Ideals, and Identity

    Every second of every day, I have been asking myself these questions. What if? What if I had grown up in Israel, spoke fluent Hebrew, and had Israeli parents? What ideals fit my beliefs - from other cultures, from Judaism? Who am I? And how does this trip affect my identity? As an American, as a Jew?


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps!

    From a Bedouin village in Israel to an urban farm in Seattle; from kids in La Fortuna, Costa Rica to community leaders in the Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans; from people of all ages in New Brunswick to young adults in Los Angeles; Mitzvah Corps teens spent the week engaging with diverse groups around the world, […]


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Pacific Northwest!

    In the past week and a half, we’ve had our hands dirty, our feet tired, and our hearts opened to the beauty of what it looks like when a group of people come together to find a solution to a problem facing their community. We’ve explored questions surrounding our food system, the relationships that we […]


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