• Three West Coast Teens United by their Passion for Travel and Social Justice

    By all accounts I’m typical SoCal girl; whenever I have the choice, flip flops are my go-to. Each of the last 3 summers, I’ve had life changing experiences with Mitzvah Corps in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and this past summer in the Pacific Northwest. I’d not typically been one to insert myself in a new group of people, but my experiences with Mitzvah Corps have shown me the value of stepping outside of my comfort zone.


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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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  • Learn and Live: A Civil Rights Journey through the American Deep South

    We are two friends. From the moment we were given the opportunity to spend 12 days in the American Deep South learning about past and present Civil Rights struggles, we knew this was a journey we wanted to take together. It seemed a natural and fascinating continuation of our 10 years at The Toronto Heschel School.


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  • Mitzvah Corps: L’Dor V’Dor

    Going on the Mitzvah Corps of the American South six years ago was a truly transformative experience for me. I was 16, and didn’t know anyone else who would be on the program. I also hadn’t been to New Orleans or anywhere else in the Deep South before, and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Even though I was nervous, I had completed many volunteer projects before and was excited for the opportunity to get my hands dirty while making the world a better place.


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  • How Mitzvah Corps Ignited my Flame

    Since entering high school, I’ve tried to remain as active as possible in Jewish life. As a Freshman, I joined my local Temple Youth Group (TYG) board and soon after, began attending regional NFTY events in the Garden Empire Region (GER). I was drawn to NFTY both because of how caring and open the community was, and because it gave me the opportunity to strengthen my Jewish identity alongside my peers.


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  • Educate Around Hurricane Harvey

    In order to ensure the long term survival of our communities, we need to educate ourselves on the real challenges and nuances of the impact of natural disasters, so that we can be loud and effective advocates for support on a much larger scale.


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  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

    Right now, the most effective way to act is to make a financial contribution to those directly affected by Hurricane Harvey. Find out how!


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  • In the News: Seattle & the IRC Partnership

    Since 2015, the IRC and Mitzvah Corps Pacific Northwest summer camp has engaged over 120 Jewish teens and 150 refugees in the greater Seattle area. As our work together continues to blossom, so have the needs of the local refugee community, leading to the creation of a second summer camp location in Kent, WA this past 2017 summer. The piece below, which aired on Q13 Fox in King County, WA, offers a brief glimpse into a day at our camp.


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  • Summer May End, But Our Work Never Ceases

    Our work is far from over. With the books closed on summer, we return to our core mission, to connect Jewish teenagers with opportunities to understand the complexities of the world, and how Judaism empowers them to play an active role in the pursuit of justice. 


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  • The Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities: A Primer

    On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order titled Enhancing the Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, which directs all jurisdictions to cooperate fully with federal immigration law or risk losing federal funding.


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