• 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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  • Shabbat Shalom from Ecuador!

    "We pray that we shall use every opportunity to have meaningful interactions with others while staying positive and motivated so that we can make a lasting impact."


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Costa Rica!

    This portion teaches us to be attentive to the needs and words of others and to keep in mind that our opinions can change. These are all important things for us to remember as we begin our journey together and travel to a place very different from what we know.


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  • Costa Rica: Embracing the Pura Vida Life

    Material things didn't make this trip unique; instead, it was the bonds we formed on a simple lifestyle.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Building our Community

    We have the common goal of doing amazing work with the International Rescue Committee in Seattle, and a common belief that there is always something that can be done in this often-confusing world.


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  • Costa Rica: Culture Shock

    Culture shock is a phenomenon that happens when you travel and are greeted with a culture so different from your own that you need time to adjust.


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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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  • 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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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: A Shabbat at UMC

    Wondering what Shabbat at UMC is like? Take a look!


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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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