The Top 9 Reasons You Should Register for Mitzvah Corps 2014

Mitzvah Corps registration is now open for the summer of 2014.  Here are nine great reasons to spend your summer at one of the eight Mitzvah Corps sites around the world:

9. “Walk the walk”
Our Jewish tradition teaches the importance of pursuing justice.  We know it is not enough to simply study the text or learn about the Reform Movement’s history of social justice work.  Put these values into action by dedicating your summer to repairing the world.

8. There are three new Mitzvah Corps programs for summer 2014
Mitzvah Corps is excited to offer three new programs for the summer of 2014.  Be a part of the first group of alumni from the Portland, Washington, D.C., and Israel Mitzvah Corps trips.  Each new trip is designed to take advantage of the locations’ unique history, environment and service opportunities.

7. You will go somewhere amazing
You can participate in a Mitzvah Corps trip in your own backyard or across the world.  Participate in Mitzvah Corps Nicaragua, Costa Rica or Israel to gain international perspective on Jewish community and service.  Or immerse yourself within a community in the United States, like the New Orleans area or New Brunswick, NJ, to build your understanding of social justice struggles closer to home.

6. Create a community
Besides working together, Mitzvah Corps sites eat together, live together and pray together.  You will create a community based around a collective dedication to service and make lasting connections with your fellow participants!

5. There’s a program to fit your summer
You can spend anywhere from one to six weeks (and everywhere in between) as a part of Mitzvah Corps.  Whether you are looking for a full-length summer experience or a shorter program to squeeze into your already busy summer plans, there is a program that will fit with your schedule.  Browse each site on the Mitzvah Corps website to find out which program will work for you.

4. There’s a program to fit your interests
The Mitzvah Corps programs address a wide variety of social justice issues.  Learn through action about issues of the environment and sustainability, economic justice, civil rights and others. Additionally, Mitzvah Corps at URJ Kutz Camp gives participants the opportunity to work with Jewish teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

3. You can spend a weekend at the RAC
The Washington, D.C. and New Jersey Mitzvah Corps sites spend a weekend together at the Religious Action Center.  Participants learn about current legislative efforts to promote social justice in the United States.  The weekend experience culminates with participants visiting the offices of their Members of Congress on Capitol Hill in support of these efforts.

2. Last summer’s participants loved it
Each site shared their experiences from last summer on the Mitzvah Corps blog.  Read about participants’ experiences in their own words and look through photo albums from the summer.

1. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel would want you to
After marching in Selma with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rabbi Heschel wrote, “My feet were praying.”  Spend your summer at Mitzvah Corps and be a part of the Reform Movement’s longstanding tradition of putting our values into action.

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About Allison Porton

Allison is the Assistant Program Director at the Religious Action Center.

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