Each year, more than 2,000 college students and other young adults participate in immersive Jewish service-learning (IJSL) Alternative Break (AB) programs that are run by nearly a dozen organizations. Repair the World’s new study, “Breaking for Change: How Jewish Service-learning Influences the Alternative Break Experience,” investigated the short-term impacts of participation, and explored whether there were differential impacts based on … [Read more...] about Do Alternative Breaks Have a Real Impact?
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by David Cygielman I often think of the original Moishe House staff team as being “uniquely under qualified.” We were all committed, excited and saw the potential of Moishe House to change the face of young adult Jewish life but none of us had any actual job experience or the network to rely on our past experience; we truly had to learn as we went. Looking back, this was a huge advantage because we could only look to the future, none of our … [Read more...] about Learning from Jewish Education
From January 10th-20th, 91 YU undergraduate student leaders took part in an array of hands-on community building projects in Israel, the United States, Nicaragua and Mexico while developing their own leadership, teaching and advocacy skills. Under the direction of Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future, and building on the success of the "Counterpoint Israel" summer program, 39 YU students ran a series of Counterpoint "Winter Camps" … [Read more...] about 91 YU Students Spent Break on Community Building Missions Around the World
Contrary to a common assumption in the organized Jewish world that exposing young Jews to the complex issues underlying Israeli life diminishes their commitment to the country, a newly released study found that more deeply understanding these dynamics intensifies a bond to the Jewish state. Commissioned by Repair the World and The Jewish Agency for Israel, the study, Serving a Complex Israel: A report on Israel-based Immersive Jewish … [Read more...] about New Study Finds Exposure to Israel’s Social Challenges Boosts Commitment to Serve
AVODAH just completed a survey of AVODAH alumni in partnership with Repair the World and outside evaluators from Brandeis University. Providing a portrait of the impact of a year-of-service, this survey provides the organization a glimpse of the involvement of the next generation in social change work, the Jewish community and their assumption of leadership positions. … [Read more...] about AVODAH Releases Alumni Survey Results