• Our Final UMC Shabbat

    By William Minor Hey everyone! So, an idea I’ve heard bouncing around the Urban Mitzvah Corps house the past week is how much UMC opened people’s eyes to different perspectives and other sides of society. This is an incredible part of an amazing experience I’m proud to be part of, but it’s easy to get […]


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  • Goodbye, Now What?

    "Our camp is over, but our fight for refugee and immigrant rights has just begun." Although Mitzvah Corps PNW has come to a close, the participants will carry what they learned during their time in Seattle and working with the IRC with them as they head back to their hometowns.


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  • Memories and Friendships to Last a Lifetime

    Mitzvah Corps participants Max and Ivan recount their experiences thus far, and note how they expect the memories they are making and the bonds they are forming to stick with them for a long time.


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  • Opening Reflections: Exploring Seattle and Dorm Life

    Mitzvah Corps PNW participants Noa and Yasiel reflect on their first few days in Seattle; adapting to dorm life, a Seattle Underground tour, collaborating with the International Rescue Committee, and so much more!


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  • Why I Came Back to Urban Mitzvah Corps

    Most people tend to only do one year of Urban Mitzvah Corps, so why did I decide to return to do two? Good question! I wanted to return to make new friends, relive the fun I had last year, and once again brighten other people's lives.


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  • The Next Generation of Reform Jewish Social Activists

    Growing up in NFTY-GER, it’s hard to not come across Urban Mitzvah Corps (UMC) in some fashion. When I was a participant in NFTY-GER, UMC was present at the end of every event in the form of shout-outs, as well as being the focal point of Winter Kallah. Everyone always would rave about their amazing experiences at UMC, about how their summer in New Brunswick was one of the most impactful summers of their lives. That’s why this summer I made the decision to come to UMC, not as a participant, but as a staff member.


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  • Reflections on the First Few Days of Urban Mitzvah Corps

    As I drove through the gates at URJ Camp Harlam on opening day I always heard the words “welcome home” as a drove by. To me, that phrase meant the agonizing months of waiting for summer at camp were finally over. I would immediately exhale and relieve the butterflies in my stomach. I had this same experience every summer for the past five years.


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  • Follow Along Mitzvah Corps Summer 2019!

    Welcome families! This summer, your teen will embark on the journey of a lifetime with Mitzvah Corps! Our teams in New York, New Jersey and Washington are working tirelessly to prepare for another amazing summer! As you prepare for the departure of your teen, we want to take a moment to share with you how […]


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