• 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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  • Shabbat Shalom from DC!

    As Jews, we demand that the world as it is get ever close to the world as it should be, and we know it is our work to build this more just world. And this is exactly the work we have been doing this past week.


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  • Mid-Trip Update from Mitzvah Corps DC

    The issues that have been discussed and experienced so far by the MCDC group are vast and complex, but it is not upon us as Jews to give into despair. Rather it is each our responsibility to help move the arc of history slowly towards justice.


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  • DC: I Want to See a World Where…

    With 28 participants from all over the nation, the students making up Mitzvah Corps DC 2016 don’t have much in common on first glance. We’re coming from different states, different backgrounds, and different interests. But the common denominator became clear almost instantly- we all want to see a better world, and want to know how we can get ourselves there.


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  • Mitzvah Corps D.C. Photos

    We're so glad your teens are in Washington, D.C.! We look forward to sharing your teens' journeys here in photos:


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  • Shabbat Shalom from D.C.!

    “You shall not wrong or oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” ~Exodus 22:21 Outreach runSince Sunday, almost a week now, 33 young adults from coast to coast have been exploring what it means to take action against social injustice, specifically as a group of 33 Jewish young adults. They have explored the question of, “What makes social action an inherently Jewish idea, and as a Jew, why is it important that I perform acts of tikkun olam?” In the book of Exodus, God reminds us that we were strangers, or slaves, in Egypt, and therefore it is our duty not to “wrong or oppress a stranger.” For the last 5 days, they have taken these words from God and far exceeded what God has asked us as a Jewish people to do.


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  • Martha’s Table

    Over the course of this week, Mitzvah Corps D.C. has learned about the effects of living under the poverty line. After listening to Ellen Teller, from the Food Research Action Center, speak about how hard it is to eat healthy while depending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) we went to the local grocery store.


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  • D.C. Mid-Trip Update

    By: Raechel Banks, Rebekah Sedwin, David Thalenberg, and Morgan Weidner, Staff Team, Mitzvah Corps D.C. Shalom from our nation’s capital! We asked a group of teens on the metro this morning as we commuted to our volunteer site how long it felt like they’d been here. Without missing a beat, they responded, “a year.” And what a […]


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  • Just Keep Swimming

    Before I arrived NFTY Mitzvah Corps, in my mind the RAC was simply an acronym which connoted an image of the School House Rock "I’m Just A Bill" cartoon and the White House filled with Reform Jewish rabbis and Jewish teens. I wasn’t too far off track.


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