• 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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