• 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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  • 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 Costa Rica!

    This Shabbat provides us with the opportunity to shut down from electronics and connect. Perhaps it sounds funny to unplug to reconnect…but when we leave this beautiful place in a few days, we will all hear the noises of civilization in ways we haven’t in a long time.


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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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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Brunswick!

    The best way to leave our legacy is to step out of our comfort zones and help as many people as we can, while we have the time. Most importantly, like Moses, we will trust that even though we can’t see the results of our hard work and leadership, our legacy will continue to live on.  


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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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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Volunteering in New Brunswick

    Urban Mitzvah Corps has a rich history of partnering to serve the people of New Brunswick. This year, UMC is working with three organizations to meet three very different needs in the community.


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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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  • Costa Rica: Creating a New Mitzvah Corps Community

    Last summer, I was part of Mitzvah Corps New Orleans, which was amazing, so coming into this summer, I had no doubt that Costa Rica would be the same. However, as my second trip with Mitzvah Corps grew closer, I was worried that my expectations from New Orleans would override enjoying Costa Rica.


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