• Costa Rica I: Building Physical and Emotional Strength

    On a gloriously overcast, yet comfortably warm day, we were already out at the Coelho Technico Professional School by 8am, our shovels held high and our arms bulging with our newly developed muscles. Our first assignment in helping to beautify this school was to shovel stones to aide in what we were all dreading - concrete creation. But first, benches. Lots of them.


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  • New Orleans: Small Steps to Big Change

    Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." While I am in New Orleans and throughout my life, I will keep this in mind and take steps towards making a big impact with the help and inspiration of those surrounding me.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Connecting with Others, Learning About Ourselves

    It was in that moment that I realized that God really does bring people into our lives for a reason, so observe and be conscious. You never know what someone could teach you about yourself.


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  • Costa Rica I: Mid Trip Update

    After a full five days together, our group has quickly become a cohesive unit, facing every challenge with confidence and support.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Meeting Trey

    After visiting Tent City 4, the issue of homelessness has moved a step closer to the reality we live each day. Suddenly, it seems far less distant. Trey, a tent city resident we met during our visit, used to live a life with the same middle class opportunities many Americans experience on a regular basis. […]


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  • New Orleans: Shabbat Reflections

    By Justin Keating and Bryan Goldstein, Mitzvah Corps New Orleans Participants Over the weekend, to honor Shabbat, we took “time off” from intense work and labor to reflect back on the week, and, more significantly, to look forward to the next week. During this day of rest, we spent our time enjoying paddle­boating and having pizza […]


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  • Costa Rica I: Celebrating Shabbat in Costa Rica

    By Eloise Glickman, Alina Zasloff, and Sam Patz, Mitzvah Corps Costa Rica Participants This summer, we wanted to experience something new and exciting together, outside of the familiarity of our lives in Seattle, which is how we ended up traveling to Costa Rica for 10 days with Mitzvah Corps. During Shabbat in San José, we visited […]


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  • New Orleans: Supporting Communities’ Passions and Needs

    With a better sense of what it was like before, during, and after Katrina, I now understand how the work we’re doing here will benefit the community.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Redefining Freedom

    What I take away from Miriam's story is not the escape; I am not escaping anything. Freedom is about using acceptance to delve further into the richness of life.


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  • Working to Bend the Arc Toward Justice

    As a teenager, I sometimes cannot comprehend what is going on in the world today. Very often I hear of acts committed across America, and across the world, steeped in hatred and ignorance. Far too often, I see hot button issues talked about in the same hurtful ways in which they were discussed decades ago. When I hear about hate crimes committed today, police brutality, cases like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, situations motivated by, or at least as a result of institutionalized racism, homophobia, and hate, I cannot say that I am shocked; I cannot say that I am surprised. But I can say that I am appalled.


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