The January issue of Sh’ma Now explores the Jewish sensibility of “chavruta/learning partnerships - whether the traditional study method of the beit midrash could be applied to other arenas where we work in partnered ways. What might we draw and apply from the pedagogy of chavruta? The issue includes essays by Zac Kamenetz who contextualizes chavruta for readers; Orit Kent and Allison Cook, who share the underpinnings of the pedagogy; Aliza Kline … [Read more...] about Expanding the Table: Chavruta as a Partnership Model
Repair the World
In a world where mattresses are customized to people’s bodies, coffee drinks reflect elaborate personal tastes, and nearly any product can be ordered and delivered with a click of a button, meaningful volunteer work now can be catered to participants in the same way. That’s the mentality behind Repair the World’s new, fun online quiz, “What’s Your #ServiceStrength?,” designed to connect users to service experiences aligned with their passions, … [Read more...] about What’s Your #ServiceStrength?
Act Now Houston, an initiative started earlier this year, plans to build on a series of successful summer volunteer efforts and encourage additional groups to participate in the future. The initiative was created as a partnership between national Jewish organizations - including BBYO, Hillel International, JDC Entwine, Moishe House, OneTable, Repair the World and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of … [Read more...] about Capital Camps CITs, One of Many Teen Groups, Helped with Harvey Relief Efforts
By David Eisner (An installment in the series Spotlight on Poverty, a partnership between JFN and eJewish Philanthropy.) Poverty too often appears as a cause, effect, and perpetuating factor in various social crises, including failures in our systems of health, education, food distribution, housing, and other social services. Social ruptures of hatred, blame, and fear toward groups based on race, ethnicity, and other forms of identity often … [Read more...] about Poverty: Calling for Meaningful Jewish Attention
By Laura Belinfante Act Now. It’s vague but attention-grabbing. It is a command to do something. The “what,” of course, is open to interpretation. For years, Repair the World has used the words, “Act Now,” in the context of MLK Day to call on and to empower young Jews to engage in local service opportunities and learn about racial justice (the campaign name itself derived from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s repeated call to act with “the fierce … [Read more...] about Reflections and Learnings on 10 Months of “Act Now”