• 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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  • Pacific Northwest: Our First Day of Camp

    When I saw the enthusiastic group of kids approaching us, I was instantly reminded of why I came here in the first place- to make a difference in their lives.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Meeting Ray

    I initially joined the URJ Mitzvah Corps Civil Rights Journey to experience the injustice I see on my Facebook feed first-hand. I joined to note the progress made and see the change still needed. Now, listening to Ray, I learned the ground we need to cover as a society to ensure fairness in our current judicial system.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: What Do You Stand Up For?

    We stood on the steps of Central High School, where, in 1957, nine brave high school students stood up for their rights and took part in the most widely publicized school integration in the country. Standing in the same space as those students, we proudly proclaimed what we choose to stand up for in our own communities.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Volunteering at Play SAFE

    For the kids who attend these camps, Play SAFE is their summer and is what they look forward to.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Meeting Deputy Garrison

    While waiting for my breakfast, I nodded to the man sitting next to me, a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. After I nodded, I did something I never thought I would do; I asked to join him for breakfast.


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  • Southern California: Visiting Skid Row

    The unfortunate truth is that many of us simply felt helpless. And that's okay. The important thing is that there is no doubt in each of our minds that something needs to change.


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