Something New!

Well it’s mid-day on a Sunday Afternoon as I create this post. Always a great time for writing and reflecting. Last week this time, Sunday, August 20th, I led a walking tour of my Crown Heights community accompanied by my fellow advisory board member Yasmin Schwartz and members the 2017-2018 NYC Repair the World Fellows.

Repair the World was founded in 2009 to make meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life. Repair mobilizes tens of thousands of young Jews to volunteer in tackling pressing local needs each year, and Repair equips communities and partners to do the same.

Pictured here are Brian, Michele, Yasmin, Hazel Hurley of 1100 Bergen Street Community Garden, yours truly and Emma. Click here to learn from Rachel Holliday Smith on how the garden was saved from development.

The fellows were open to learning, sharing as new neighbors and ready to join in making a difference. Click here to learn about all of them. Stop by to say hello during the annual For the Love of Crown Heights Event on September 14th. Register here! The event will be held at Repair the World headquarters located at 808 Nostrand. It’s an open house celebration of Crown Heights for all those who love/want to learn about the neighborhood!

Repair the World’s signature program, Repair the World Communities, engages young adults in social change around education and food justice in neighborhoods in Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York City. In most communities, a City Director supports a cohort of fellows (ages 21-26) who make a year-long service commitment to Repair the World. During this year, Repair’s fellows work closely with local nonprofits to create authentic and impactful volunteering and education opportunities—and they use peer-to-peer outreach and recruitment to engage thousands of other young adults in volunteering and learning.

Another great Sunday of Service. Pictured with 2015-2016 fellows in Prospect Park for Brooklyn Community Service, BCS Step Challenge. Click here for their next event.

The fellows represent diverse states across the U.S. They each have some experience in education and food justice which deepens as they serve. You’re welcome to volunteer on a local project with a community partner anytime. Click here!

There will even be opportunities to attend and experience Shabbat dinners this year as well. The MLK one is not to be missed! A Shabbat dinner usually occurs at sundown on a Friday night. Customary prayers or blessings are said aloud, there’s a washing of your hands, sharing of the bread and drinking of the wine.

My first Shabbat dinner was in 2015. The Challah bread and wine are set nicely in the pic right? Well the meal that came after was excellent. The evening was a national service Shabbat hosted by Repair the World at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Repair the World usually has table questions to assist in conversing and I was enlightened.

I was not only in attendance but a table host and co-led my fellow national service members to share gratitude, intention and affirmations related to the evening and service.

Growing up in Crown Heights, I never had a Jewish friend or been invited to such an event. Yet Repair welcomed me. Service united us. The members of my table were very open and honest in sharing answers to my questions and I shared as well. It bought healing to me. I gained understanding. I’ve also had opportunities to meet more members of the Jewish faith in my neighborhood through service. This is beloved community.

At Crown Inn fellows and advisory board members shared tour experiences.

As you go along this week accept the opportunity to meet someone new. Maybe it’ll be at a volunteer project. Perhaps with someone of another faith or someone that looks different than you. Most of all be sure it’s someone in which you can share and receive something new.


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