• Civil Rights Journey: Teaching What it Means to be a Good Person

    Anyone can be a teacher. The job title is not solely reserved for the schoolroom. Parents are teachers. Neighbors are teachers. Friends are teachers. Siblings are teachers.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Appreciating Every Moment

    It also showed me that there is so much more to these kids than we give them credit. On the outside, they are joyful and passionate, despite what they might be up against, but there’s so much that we don’t even know about them.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Meeting Flonzie Brown Wright

    However, she was able to let go of all the hate and replace it with another very powerful emotion - love. Mrs. Wright recognized that love, acceptance, and justice always trumps hate, racism, and prejudice; even when violence and hate seems like the only answer.


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  • Seeing Numbers Come to Life

    Every single number that I have dealt with this year, however infinitesimally small or mind-bogglingly large, came to life for me on June 12. On that day, our staff training began, and I could see a purpose and a meaning to my numbers.


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  • DC: Advocating on the Hill

    We just came back from an exciting day on the Hill, where Mitzvah Corps DC participants visited more than 50 congressional offices. They advocated for congressional action, making their voices heard on the issues that mattered to them most.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Inspired by the Human Rights Campaign

    This unique opportunity to visit the Deep South with fellow Jewish high schoolers who have similar interests has truly opened my eyes, changed my perspective, and added fuel to my desire to affect positive change in our world.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps!

    While the future is uncertain, the world stands to benefit from the light our teens shine on it though this sacred work. May this only be the beginning for them, and may the work we all do to bring justice to the world remain paramount in our daily lives.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Jersey!

    We have had an incredible summer and are so sad to see everyone go home. The community we have created during these four short weeks has been one full of friendship, learning, acceptance, and just a touch of magic.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from The Deep South!

    We have been embraced at every location. People are interested in speaking with us, teaching us, and learning together. While the south may be represented as a place of intolerance, we have experienced many pockets of beauty and have been welcomed into their tents.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Southern California!

    It’s safe to say that every teen will be walking out of this foreign jungle with new found knowledge and a fire burning in their hearts for social justice. Just as the Jews emerged from the desert and into the promised land, these teen will arrive home, both as new individuals and as members of a new community; with a new mind set and a drive to continue to the Tikkun Olam.


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