• Pacific Northwest: The News is Scary, but the World is Not

    With all the wonderful and personal stories to be shared around camp, to me, the most beautiful sight to be seen at camp is the peaceful coexistence and friendship of children of nations so often described in aggressive and violent language.


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  • Pacific Northwest: The Reward of Risk Taking

    The community we've built together here has made moments like this feel possible when they never have before and I know that this is something I'll take with me long after our time in Seattle comes to a close.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps!

    We enter this Shabbat with a great sense of accomplishment. With seven weeks of this Mitzvah Corps summer behind us and hundreds of Jewish teens having left immeasurable impacts on the communities they’ve served and on one another, there’s a lot to be proud of. Our blog and social media feeds have demonstrated this impact, […]


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Jewish Life in the South

    Having shared the experience of a Southern Shabbat with everyone in our group, I find it comforting to know that Jewish communities like Ahavath Rayim survive in the South. And it's comforting to know that our time there is one of many unique experiences we'll cherish and bring back to our own communities.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Pacific Northwest!

    We have learned that sometimes the anxiety that stems from our preconceptions clouds us from entering into an experience with our hearts open to finding connection through our differences. Moving forward, we know now the memories and relationships we've built throughout our time at the IRC are ones that will influence our interactions with others for years to come.


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  • Nicaragua: Playing Basketball in El Castillo

    So what could unite people of such different backgrounds for an afternoon of fun, excitement, and community besides a good Nicaraguan meal? One word - basketball.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Acknowledging Privilege

    As I watched the kids themselves lead individual games, I got to see them empowered to take ownership. Seeing them lead a group of their peers was something that I cannot put into words.


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  • Nicaragua: Tasting Nicaraguan Culture

    The sweet little owner named Yamil had a passion for cooking and it showed through at each delicious meal we had. His cooking style blended Nicaraguan, Indian, Italian, and American style dishes. After long days, be it rain, heat, sweat or pure tiredness, the meals Yamil prepared always excited each and every one of our taste buds.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Experiencing History Through Stories

    After hearing Ted's story and all of the emotions and history that people experienced, I thought of the memories that I've made on this trip. How I can use the memories that I have made to change the lives of others in the future? Ted's telling of his story added depth to an already deep story in our history.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps!

    There is no shortage of opportunity to right a wrong in the country, and world, today. And after the privilege of spending the summer with your teens, we know there is no shortage of people to lead us to a better place, either.


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