• Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps!

    Amid the chaos of the outside world, they create communities of like-minded peers, free from pressures and negativity, from the inundation of ideals that don’t resonate.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Brunswick!

    In being a part of UMC and in experiencing the conditions of urban poverty here in New Brunswick, we have committed ourselves, made ourselves obligated, to continue this work. This is our pledge. This is our oath.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Orleans!

    All of our teens come from different backgrounds and therefore each teen has their own motivation for attending a Mitzvah Corps program with each reason being equally valid. The only prerequisite to being on a Mitzvah Corps trip is having the desire to be an active agent of change in our society.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Ecuador!

    We each formed a deeper connection with the land and with the people of Chilcapamba, while also thinking more deeply about ourselves and the journey that has led us to this amazing place.


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  • New Orleans: Working with NOLA Green Roots

    After hearing Brock and Bella, the current leader of NOLA Green Roots, inform us about the importance of locally grown produce and its impact on the local community, taking food for granted is not something that will happen again.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Past, Present, and Future

    Now that we have spent almost two weeks learning about the struggles that refugees face due to conflicts and persecution in their home countries, how difficult it is to find a new place to live, whether temporarily or permanently, and the challenges refugees face when they have to assimilate to a new country’s culture, we have a much better understanding of the refugee crisis and how imperative this work is.


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  • Costa Rica: A Trip of Firsts

    To be completely honest, my first time out of the country was a (insert adjective here) experience: eye-opening, gratifying, awe-inspiring, motivating, life changing. Mitzvah Corps Costa Rica brought together an incredible group that made my trip of firsts the experience of a lifetime.


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  • Israel: Finding My Own Path

    For me, this is the beauty of Judaism: each individual can undertake their own personal journey to connect with God.


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  • Costa Rica: Volunteering at Escuela Barra de Pacuare

    A fresh coat of color and a beautiful mural inside the kitchen made the school look a little brighter and will hopefully make the kids feel more excited to go to school.


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  • New Orleans: Visiting Whitney Plantation

    New Orleans doesn’t campaign its struggles and mistakes, but instead it commemorates them in beautiful statues, memorials, and museums such as Whitney Plantation where we visited our first day.


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