• DC Blog: What It Means To Be A Reform Jew

    The convictions that I hold about the necessity of accepting others into your community, whether they be foreigners or have lifestyles foreign to you, were validated this week. Now I’ve also come to know that there are rarely more accepting and warm communities than the ones formed through Mitzvah Corps trips.


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  • DC Blog: The Income Gap

    It’s incredible how many differences there can be in our day-to-day lives that we never think about. For the people living in the low-income area, these differences can mean struggling to even get noticed in a city permeated with politicians, news reporters, and other figures of interest.


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  • DC Blog: I Found My Voice on MCDC

    I found friends who I hope to stay in touch with long after our visit to the nation’s capital. I found a love for helping my community, which I hope to carry through the rest of my life. I found that I could truly affect change through our social action sessions at The RAC. This program gave me a voice that I never even knew I was capable of having.


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  • DC Blog: Becoming a Social Action City Kid

    Mitzvah Corps has not only taught me the values of friendship and Judaism, but also the value of time, effort, and acts of random kindness. As I think about the advocacy that I plan to do this Monday on Capitol Hill to lobby for change, I know that my arguments will be driven forward through the passion that Mitzvah Corps has instilled in me for social action.


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  • DC Shabbat Recap

    It’s incredible how quickly time is passing, and I cannot wait for you to have the opportunity to hear about the experience your teens have had with us this week. We hope that they take the time to share with you their families all that they have learnt and find ways to bring their knowledge back into their home communities.


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  • DC Blog: Kulanu – All of Us

    19th century Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav said, “A person reaches in three directions: inward, to oneself; up, to God; out to others. The miracle of life is that in truly reaching any one direction, one embraces all three.” I came to Mitzvah Corps to try to come closer to embracing this miracle of life. I wanted myself to grow through education, connect to God through fulfilling mitzvot through performing social action, and bond with other Jews through this program. I can certainly say that Mitzvah Corps DC has helped me achieve all of those goals.


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  • DC Blog: Using Humanity & Kindness to Escape the Trap

    Just like those things, poverty is inherently wrong, and it ends when we become selfless enough to look beyond our own needs. Just like being locked in the bathroom, poverty is a kind of trap. Except your counselors aren’t on the other side of the door playing games with you, and it’s not so easy to get out in the end. It takes a community to break the door of poverty. It takes consistent help, it takes compassion.


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  • DC Blog: Life is a Broken Cabinet

    The solving of the problem keeps us going as human beings, and even when I finish that cabinet, I am going to have to get working on the next project as soon I am done. That’s just it though, I want to move onto that next piece, because then I know, we are one step closer to the solving of the problem. At Mitzvah Corps we set out change the world, and that’s what I am doing, one cabinet door at a time.


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  • DC Blog: 7 Days of Change Ahead

    The possibility of helping repair the world has all of us eager to begin an exciting week of not only learning about issues in the greater DC area, but also being able to lobby for change. I know I am ready to begin one of the most life changing weeks of my life, because I know I have the power to do something great in a city, like so many, that could use an extra hand.​


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  • DC Photos: Mitzvah Corps DC’s 1st 24 Hours!

    Getting to know DC, our three incredible volunteer sites, summer rain, and each other!


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