Reform Judaism teaches us the importance of tikkun olam, or mending the world. For many, that concept involves volunteering to relieve human suffering, care for the earth or raise awareness on a variety of different issues. The following resources are designed to help congregations coordinate volunteer service opportunities and for individuals to find meaningful, quality volunteer opportunities for themselves, their friends and families.
If you are an undergraduate student from a North American college campus, join us this summer for a unique work/study internship program. Based in Washington, D.C. at the RAC, Machon Kaplan provides students with a meaningful internship dealing with social justice issues; the opportunity to engage in academic study that relates to their internships; and, a community of like-minded students to share the experience together in a group living atmosphere.
Mitzvah Corps allows Reform Jewish teens to experience social action at its best by combining direct hands-on service with programs rooted in Jewish social and ethical values. Programs are available in San Francisco, Costa Rica, Israel, New Orleans and other exciting locations! Mitzvah Corps also seeks enthusiastic, responsible staff to help run the summer experiences.
Kibbutz Lotan welcomes volunteers, average age 18-25, for any amount of time between 3-6 months. Volunteers will become part of a community that works towards creating a progressive expression of Jewish religion and culture in our rituals and our day-to-day life, through mitzvot, tilling and preserving our earth and in our relationships with one another and with God.
The award winning service-learning program in Tel Aviv and Jaffa for university graduates. Foster coexistence and take part in direct community service as you work with Israelis directly on the ground in communities in need. Travel Israel, study Hebrew and Arabic, and live in a close community of dedicated peers.
Volunteers for Israel connects Americans to Israel through volunteer service. By partnering with military and civilian organizations, VFI enables volunteers to work side-by-side with Israelis. Volunteers for Israel works with Sar-El which enlists volunteers to spend 2-3 weeks living and working alongside Israelis at army bases, in hospitals and more!
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps engages young people in direct work on the causes and effects of poverty in the US. Participants are involved a year of full-time work at anti-poverty organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC.
AJWS provides unique opportunities to learn, work, serve and travel in Africa, Asia and the Americas. By partnering with grassroots community-based groups, volunteers experience firsthand the power of people creating change.
Repair the World works to inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need. Repair the World mobilizes individuals to serve by connecting them to service opportunities.