• Chicago: Understanding the World Around Me

    Rabbi Hillel once asked, “If I am only for myself, who am I?” This experience has not told me the answer, but has brought me a step closer to finding my identity in this divided world.


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  • Chicago: Midtrip Update

    Maybe community service isn’t the only way to do justice. Maybe there are bigger conversations to be had around the systems and structures that form our society. Maybe we need to dig deeper and look at the way we relate to communities that are different from us.


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  • Chicago: If not us, who? If not now, when?

    It already felt emotional to discuss immigration in a workshop the day before, but it was a whole other experience for our groups of strangers to come together as one voice for this cause. In unison, we were able to express our vision of a just world.  


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  • Shabbat Shalom!

    So this Shabbat, we breathe. We take in what we've learned, and we rest our souls to prepare for the weeks and months ahead. We commit to refrain from striking the rock, no matter how tempting, and instead to use one another, our communities, to nourish our passion, growth, and dedication to being in this work for the long haul.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Chicago!

    Throughout the week, we have intensively studied the role identity, privilege, race, and class plays in our lives through various workshops. We’ve questioned what it means to be white identified Jews working for social justice, how to hold police accountable without blaming individuals, and the role systemic racism plays in our own lives.


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  • Chicago: The Power of Words

    Today, the Mitzvah Corps Chicago team got the opportunity to visit a local group called Young Chicago Authors (aka where Chance the Rapper got his start…).  This collective serves as a safe place for aspiring writers, poets, and musicians from the ages 12-25 to share their work and stories.


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