• Shabbat Shalom from Urban Mitzvah Corps!

    Hello UMC Families, Shabbat Shalom from New Brunswick! This week, we framed our work onsite and at the house with the middah (value) of Bitachon (trust). Jewish tradition teaches that bitachon is a stance in life, a way of approaching the world and those around us from a place of understanding and curiosity. When we […]


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Southern California!

    This past week with Mitzvah Corps Los Angeles, one of our social action projects brought us to Alexandria House, a transitional shelter for women and children. We spoke with Miss Judy, the founder of Alexandria House, about her experiences and how she came to create this organization within the community of LA. In our conversation, […]


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Orleans!

    In this week’s parsha, we learn about the deaths of Miriam and Aaron and, in between, about Moses’ response to the community’s lack of water.  G-d tells Moses and Aaron to speak to a rock to bring forth water, but instead, Moses hits the rock with a stick twice. Because of this disregard for G-d’s […]


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Costa Rica!

    It has been an incredible trip so far, and already it is time for our second Shabbat in Costa Rica. One week ago, we celebrated Shabbat at Congregation B’nei Israel in San José, where we were blown away by the tight-knit, diverse Jewish community found so far from home. This week, we will spend Shabbat […]


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  • New Orleans: Changing My Perspective

    Brock, a face behind NOLA Green Roots, inspired the difference that I got to feel. He is a volunteer who runs the garden and dedicates much of his time to helping people. Sitting on the benches in the back of the garden, he shared his wisdom with us and put what we were doing in perspective. Fifteen of us sat there and listened while he told us the impact we had made, solely based on our two hours of gardening.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Comfort Zones – Let the Magic Moments Happen

    By Ethan Jaffee, Urban Mitzvah Corps 2016 Participant The first time I stepped out of my comfort zone was when I learned how to ride my bike. For the longest time, I was terrified of the possible pain and failure that came with trying something new. Even though it was quite possible that I could […]


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  • Pacific Northwest I: Trying New Things

    I am a picky eater. Ask anyone. I don’t eat seafood, root vegetables, or squash. Don’t even think about giving me peas. I’m also not much of a risk taker, so coming to Mitzvah Corps Pacific Northwest, I had one main concern. What am I going to eat?


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  • Southern California: What Mitzvah Corps and Ice Cream Have in Common

    While this may seem unrelated to the issue of poverty and our work here, we quickly realized that ice cream sandwiches and our Mitzvah Corps experiences have a lot in common. In order to create the perfect ice cream sandwich, we had to pick ingredients that would lead us to greatness.


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  • New Orleans: Shelter from the Storm

    As the rest of the world around us became drenched, those of us under the house reveled in the protection it provided us as we began to understand the impact that even things unfinished can have an impact on a community.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Appreciating The Food We Eat

    So much goes into the food that we eat every day, and consumers, myself included, usually don't even think twice about it before we inhale it.


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