• Urban Mitzvah Corps: The Summer of a Lifetime

    These job sites do not just benefit the staff and residents at Regency or the counselors and kids of Play SAFE. They benefit us, the UMC participants, who will go home with experiences, friends, and memories we will never forget.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Jersey!

    Our hearts have been affected by so many of the people we have met over the past four weeks, by the children at Play SAFE, the speakers and presenters we have heard from, and of course, each other.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Sharing Our Summer

    Urban Mitzvah Corps has ignited my flame for social action. I’ve created friendships that will last forever and memories that will never be forgotten. I cannot wait to take all of my knowledge and experiences from UMC back to my temple and hometown.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Wandering Back to Mitzvah Corps

    As an alumni, I am proud to see the same reasons we started our work here in these teens. As a staff member, I am proud to see how much these teens have grown and to have been able to be a small part of that. 


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Just Like Superheros

    Rabbi Goodman explained to us that a prophet is able to stop a mighty stream with mere words. At UMC, we are feeding the hungry, helping provide a safe place for children, brightening the day of the elderly. We are stopping a mighty stream of injustice with very simple acts.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    How is this experience changing you? What are you hoping to get out of the next two weeks?


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Jersey!

    During our second week together, we have witnessed injustices such as hunger, neglect, and economic disparity, and we chose to fight to mitigate these issues. This Shabbat, we will rest and pray for the strength to continue fighting for justice during the remaining weeks at Urban Mitzvah Corps and beyond.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Recognizing Privilege

    No one should have to be concerned about where their next meal is coming from and I, along with my fellow participants, hope that one day, no one has to be food insecure, struggling just to make ends meet. What brought us all together in the first place was the shared goal to help other people, to change someone’s life in any small or large way we could.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Volunteering at Regency

    I am so grateful for this opportunity and I hope in the future I can do this type of work again.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: In Just One Word

    Welcoming. Empowering. Acceptance. Challenging. These are just some of the words Urban Mitzvah Corps participants used to describe their first few days of volunteering.


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