More than 5,500 people across the country served to support food access as part of the National Day of Jewish Service on Oct. 22, organized by the Jewish Service Alliance and powered by Repair the World.
The National Day of Jewish Service included 90 service projects organized by 30 partner organizations across the country. The programs leverage the expertise of local nonprofit partners to provide relief to some of the 34 million people in the U.S. who are hungry (feedingamerica.org).
In Atlanta, 65 volunteers assembled sandwiches with The Sandwich Project and packaged unsold bagels with Bagel Rescue. The team packaged 4,100 bagels to be dispersed throughout the community to those in need and assembled over 750 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The National Day of Jewish Service kicks off Service Matters: Building a Jewish Movement to harness the power of service as a defining force in American Jewish life.
Following the National Day of Jewish Service, Repair the World hosted a B Mitzvah event to mark its 13th anniversary. Then, on Oct. 24, the Jewish Service Summit brought together hundreds of leaders and funders from the Jewish service movement to share their knowledge, experience, and strategies to mobilize Jews and their communities to meet pressing needs.
Keynote speakers at the Summit included educator, author, TV personality, and chef Grace Ramirez, Zach Banner, NFL tackle and founder of the B3 Foundation which focuses on mentorship and education to support greater access to higher education for students of color, and Raven Schwam-Curtis, a public intellectual and social media influencer, as well as a Repair the World service corps alumni.
The Service Matters events concluded Oct. 25 with a Yom Iyun day of learning for Jewish educators, inspired by the Jewish service movement featuring Rabbi David Jaffe and Rabba Yaffa Epstein.
The Jewish Service Alliance, powered by Repair the World, is a coalition of 40-plus Jewish organizations dedicated to enhancing and expanding service opportunities for young adults. The JSA is powered by Repair the World, an organization that mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service.