• Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps!

    As our teens build a foundational understanding for the ways that Judaism empowers them to be agents of change, they are beginning to appreciate that the ability to step in, to turn a curse into a blessing, lies with them.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Israel!

    Throughout our time in Israel, our group has felt the effects of cultural and language barriers. Unlike Baalam, after each instance, our teens have responded with critical questions.


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  • Israel: Learning to Assume Good Intentions

    While we may think we are going to a new place with a totally open mind, our minds may actually be lacking an awareness of cultural gaps. In order to be a open-minded volunteer, traveler, and person, it's imperative that we recognize this. Just like we must adjust to jet lag, high temperatures, and Kibbutz life, opening our minds to cultural differences is just as significant.


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  • Israel: Saying the Shehecheyanu

    Going to Israel with Mitzvah Corps Israel, without my siblings and parents, was something I was both extremely excited and nervous for. Before leaving, I vowed to push myself to be more open-minded and to try as many new things as I could.


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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 Israel!

    In the next three weeks, we will immerse ourselves in Israel's land, culture, and social, political, and economic issues. We will learn from many individuals, organizations, and communities about their interactions with this state in relation to living the authentic everyday life that they wish to lead.


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