• 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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  • Summer May End, But Our Work Never Ceases

    Our work is far from over. With the books closed on summer, we return to our core mission, to connect Jewish teenagers with opportunities to understand the complexities of the world, and how Judaism empowers them to play an active role in the pursuit of justice. 


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  • Costa Rica: Creating Sacred Space

    I experienced this kind of unity so many other times on my trip. While paving a cement floor, or planting gardens and banana trees, or building foundations of houses, the group I was in became a single unit, working together to achieve a common goal. We learned to communicate and to collaborate, not as different people with different motivations and goals, but as one coherent whole.


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  • Costa Rica: Visiting the Yorkin Village

    My favorite moment was when I was working in the dirt with the gardener, Marjorie, sitting next to me. There was a language barrier between us; I know the absolute bare minimum of Spanish and she didn't known English, and yet we were still able to communicate between hand signs, laughs, and smiles.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps!

    Similarly, our teens are exposed to these conversations not to foster guilt, but to bring awareness to circumstance, to the role and the obligation that we each have to pursue justice.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Costa Rica!

    This Shabbat, we will look up into the rainforest; we will look up into the trees that are home to toucans, monkeys and sloths, trees that provide sustenance for the community, and we will allow ourselves to be wrapped up in the awe of the world that has been created for us.


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  • Costa Rica: Using Photography to Understand Others

    What I realized when we traveled into La Carpio today was that my love of photojournalism could help me gain a better understanding of those who lived there.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Continuing the Fight

    Voting rights is not an issue left for the 60s; our nation was founded on the right of representation and if certain populations are discouraged from voting, it undermines our nation.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Visiting the National Civil Rights Museum

    The museum did a good job connecting the broad aspects of history to the Civil Rights movement and after visiting it, I want to continue to learn about the importance of the Civil Rights movement and its impact on world history. I hope these experiences will allow me to even teach others about the importance of the Civil Rights movement.


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  • Civil Rights Journey: Inspired by the Past

    From a historical perspective, visiting the 16th Street Baptist Church and Selma were the most important moments of this journey for me because these are places that signify a movement whose march is still continuing. Today, walking in the footsteps of all those significant people, along with people whose names I may never know, inspired me to take more action for the similar problems that exist today.


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