• 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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  • Shabbat Shalom from the Deep South!

    Last night, Hillary Clinton said that “when any barrier falls for America, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.” It is up to us fight for those that haven’t been counted in the past. Everyone is an important part of the jigsaw puzzle and deserves to be counted.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Pacific Northwest!

    We’ve seen leadership happen in every form and the connections that happen when each of those forms are honored and respected for their uniqueness. It is in the honoring of these different forms of leadership that we can see the connection to our week’s Torah portion.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Nicaragua!

    Our group has settled into our home for the week, and we are immensely enjoying getting to know this town. Each day, we try new foods we’ve never tasted or even heard of before during breakfast at Nena Lodge, where we will be staying throughout our week here. We soak in the view of the […]


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  • Nicaragua: Settling in to Life in El Castillo

    For all of us, it was eye opening to see how these people lived without fresh water or a direct water supply line. Hopefully with the conclusion of this project, their lives might be a little easier.


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