• In the News: Seattle & the IRC Partnership

    Since 2015, the IRC and Mitzvah Corps Pacific Northwest summer camp has engaged over 120 Jewish teens and 150 refugees in the greater Seattle area. As our work together continues to blossom, so have the needs of the local refugee community, leading to the creation of a second summer camp location in Kent, WA this past 2017 summer. The piece below, which aired on Q13 Fox in King County, WA, offers a brief glimpse into a day at our camp.


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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Shabbat Shalom from the Pacific Northwest!

    We started our week off by doing some research about the different countries the IRC kids were coming from and why they are refugees. Most of the kids we met are from Iraq, Bhutan, Burma, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Many of the refugees were persecuted due to their religion or ethnicity and spent years living in refugee camps before being one of the few to be resettled. The Mitzvah Corps teens were so moved that many of the IRC kids were open about sharing their stories. In working with these kids, we are reminded of Exodus 22:21, as we were once strangers in the land of Egypt.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from the Pacific Northwest!

    The theme of this week at MC PNW has been “Welcoming the Stranger.” Through our work with the International Rescue Committee and the learning we have done with local Seattle rabbis, we have really tried to understand this concept and why the Torah mentions it more than any other commandment.


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