• Israel: Learning New Sides of Israel

    I questioned how I could help the world when there are so many issues that I am not even aware of.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Including All

    As Jews, we have suffered from exclusion in past communities, which has lead to persecution. Therefore, it has become our duty to include others through social justice initiatives around the world – the mission of Mitzvah Corps.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Making Connections

    She wanted to tell us how grateful she was that we came and that even though other volunteers would be coming in the next week, she was going to miss us a lot.


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  • Ecuador: Beginning the Journey

    What I find most striking about Ecuador isn't the people in my group or the locals, who are all extremely kind and welcoming, but the land itself, which is incredibly beautiful in varying ways.


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  • Israel: The Juxtaposition of Violence and Peace

    Often in Israel, violence is a reminder of what it took to get to the point we are at today, while peace is a hope for the future.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Sharing Sara’s Story

    I am very thankful for having met her and for hearing her story. Thank you, Sara, for teaching me to always find the positive in every situation!


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  • Israel: Connecting with Others

    During our time at Yemin Orde, I felt a true sense of community with these teens; the whole experience encompassed the feelings of community and family they have at their school. Even though we spent a short amount of time with the teens, I still felt a connection to them.


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  • 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 Pacific Northwest!

    Our week at the IRC Summer Camp will not solve the world’s refugee crisis, or influence any policy, but we will have the chance to interact on an individual level, to provide thirty refugee children with a fun and safe space for the week, and that’s a great place to start.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Brunswick!

    We will continue to work to turn our own and others’ curses into blessings, using our remaining time together in this community and in the New Brunswick community to transform ourselves, turn challenge into triumph, hopelessness into hope, and hate into love.


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