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Even though I do not possess medical knowledge, as a rabbi and social activist, I believe I can try to humbly prescribe ethical vaccines that can remedy jilted nerves and worried minds. My words are not meant to heal physically but to inspire spiritually. At this challenging time, it seems appropriate that those in the positions to (re)build confidence should do so. In that spirit, I am sharing thoughts on how we might be able to spiritually cope with the uncertain reality that has rapidly spread throughout the world. The coronavirus is not only a disease of the body, but also presents an existential crisis that has put governments, businesses and, most important, communities and individuals on edge.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2020
This is a free resource which Areyvut has developed to help celebrants, families and educators craft meaningful and personalized Mitzvah Projects. We encourage you to use this resource and to share it with family, friends and colleagues. In the following pages, you will find a guide created to help make your Bnai Mitzvah experience as meaningful as possible. It will demonstrate how to find meaning in your project before, during and after your service and/or party. It will give you some specific project ideas, as well as guidelines to help you reflect on your experience. Following the steps in this guide will lead to a truly meaningful Mitzvah Project.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2018
On1Foot can help you easily create source sheets of Jewish texts on a variety of social justice issues. [Their name is an homage to the famous story of Hillel, in which Hillel guides a student who is looking to learn the entire Torah very efficiently, while standing on one foot.] On1Foot has a robust library of Jewish texts, including a large number of commentaries from the American Jewish World Service. You can find texts about many different social justice topics, including civil rights, the environment, tikkun olam, poverty and immigration, to name just a few. You can also specify the types of Jewish texts you are looking for like rabbinic, biblical or modern and whether you are searching for prayers, commentaries or stories.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2017
From Me to We: Between Tribal and Global is a three day gathering which will bring together 70 Jewish social justice and environmental activists from the Siach network and around the world to engage and explore their shared identity, mission and commitment to Jewish values and to each other and to the wider world. The gathering will start on Monday morning, June 9th and will end Wednesday early evening, June 11th in Budapest, Hungary.
Updated: Apr. 23, 2014
This report, funded by Repair the World, examines contemporary Jewish young adults and their attitudes and behaviors towards community service. The study reveals that Jewish millennials, most of whom engage in volunteer work, believe their service can make a difference in the world and in the lives of others. While most of these young adults currently do not connect their service with Jewish values and identity, the findings provide a path forward for Jewish leaders who believe that making this connection is important for strengthening the Jewish community.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2011
Volunteer Jerusalem brings volunteer tourism to the city of Jerusalem by connecting Jewish tourists visiting the city with meaningful community service projects. It combines social activism in needy neighborhoods with cultural and Jewish experiences and connects visitors to the city in a way that will create meaningful connections and long term relationships. VJ's 5 day volunteer program is from Sunday to Thursday and features five to six hours of volunteering a day and nights enjoying the cultural scene of Jerusalem during the summer. This program is open for young Jewish adults ages 21 to 28. VJ is holding two sessions this summer: June 26-30 and July 24-28..
Updated: Jun. 14, 2011
BabagaNewz recently made available this engaging six part lesson plan written by Robyn Faintich to help Jewish school teachers help their students to learn about tzedakah, gmilut chesed, and Jewish giving experientially, using the internet as a resource and a platform for doing. Based on the principals of Service Learning, the unit aims to achieve the following goals: students will learn about the concept of social justice, the Jewish values it expresses, and how to use the internet to implement social justice work.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2011
This article briefly outlines some of Areyvut's programs and describes how they emphasize practicing skills that help students choose ethically, exploring what it means to behave ethically, and putting students’ skills and content knowledge into a thoughtful context. The authors believe that careful planning around these three elements can significantly alter the experience and impact of programs in ethics education.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2010
The Hebrew month of Heshvan – October 19-November 17, 2009 – has been declared Jewish Social Action Month. Whether you call it Tikkun Olam, social action, chesed, join thousands of Jewish organizations and individuals around the world of all backgrounds and affiliations for a month of unity through social action. Volunteer with children, rally for Darfur, clean up a river, feed the homeless, raise money for Sderot, paint a mural – or do whatever you are passionate about.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2009