Spotlight: Repairing the World

Summer 2013
tikkunolamAs Reform Jews, we believe each of us has the ability to make a difference, no matter how young or old we might be.That’s why we practice real tikkun olam (repairing the world) in as many ways as we can.

So, join us – at camp, on a Mitzvah Corps program, on the steps of Capitol Hill with the Religious Action Center, or in your own community – and, together, let’s change the world.

Spreading The Word 

While the hands-on work of Mitzvah Corps is an important piece of bettering the world, the program is about living intentionally in all that we do and using interactions with others as an opportunity to impart change.

With less than 48 hours until the official vote, the staff at Kutz jumped into action to speak up against the J-1 visa restrictions that would have impeded Israeli counselors and campers from getting to camp.

At Camp George, one cabin’s idea to wear pink every Wednesday just for fun transformed into an opportunity to spread awareness about breast cancer.

Eisner and Crane Lake Camps are taking a stand against bullying!

Eisner Camp hosted a blood drive open to staff and the larger Great Barrington community this summer and saw more than 60 people line up to help others.

Interns camp out

Interns camp out

The RAC’s Machon Kaplan social action interns got to be a part of history this summer, camping out overnight in order to be admitted to the Supreme Court to hear recent rulings on major cases and celebrating the outcomes.

Kutz participants and staff alike celebrated equality when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.


Doing Good & Feeling Good

When Crane Lake staff member Jeffrey Schwartz was swabbed for the Gift of Life bone marrow registry at camp, he never realized what would come of it. Turns out, it’s hard, but worthwhile, to be good.

The RAC’s Machon Kaplan social action interns hit the ground running! On her first day, Lizzie Stein visited a public installation raising awareness about genocide, attended a panel on LGBT reproductive justice and wrote a blog post advocating for these communities.

Jacob takes a clue from the locals, getting dirty to get the job done

Jacob takes a clue from the locals, getting dirty to get the job done

After a whirlwind first week of volunteering, from working with people with disabilities to feeding the hungry, the teens of Urban Mitzvah Corps are both exhausted and grateful.

On Mitzvah Corps Nicaragua, teens learn from the locals while they build sidewalks that change lives.

 After visiting Civil Rights sites around New Orleans, the teens of Mitzvah Corps New Orleans helped two families who are still waiting to move back home after Hurricane Katrina and planted community gardens throughout the city.

See how Mitzvah Corps teens spent the summer repairing the world, in their own words: