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Baking for Social Change in Philadelphia

For the first eighteen years of my life, my Jewish identity was completely intertwined with service work. From weekly visits to the Collingswood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with my Hebrew School class, to rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina with my Jewish sleepaway camp, to social action projects with my NFTY youth group, volunteerism was embedded in my practice of Judaism.

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A Dose of Optimism at the Israel Deep Dive

And yet, surprisingly, I left Israel with a deeper commitment to being more Muslim. While our tour guide Michael Bauer was sharing his perspectives on Israeli culture, he mentioned that most Jews were non-secular. In fact, many Jews celebrated Passover and observed Shabbat more so because of their cultural significance and not their religious significance.

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The Israel Deep Dive Had Us Right Back on the Tour Bus

Nearly all of the REALITY trip participants at the gathering had a leadership role, which deepened the community experience. Some led seminars on storytelling, performed, emceed, facilitated panel discussions. One alum even led partner yoga and a dance break. My assignment was in line with my curiosities post-trip—I was the panel moderator for the breakout session on minority experiences in Israel.

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Eight Links to Brighten Your Chanukah

Looking to add a little something to your Chanukah celebrations?

We invite you to explore eight musical/comical/insightful/delicious resources. Start with the video then work your way through!

Learn more about the Chanukah story with REALITY tour guide and expert storyteller, Michael Bauer. He will lead you on an ancient-meets-modern Israeli journey complete with a surprise twist:

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Changing Lives with a Bar of Soap: The Story of Sundara

Erin Zaikis’s work demonstrates the same truism: big ideas for social change start modestly. Now 27, the Massachusetts native is the brains behind Sundara, a three-year old non-profit organization that hires unemployed and underemployed women in India, Uganda and Myanmar to recycle hotel soap using a zero-waste process, and makes them hygiene ambassadors in communities that suffer from high rates of death from diarrhea, pneumonia and other hygiene-related maladies.

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Phase Two of an Idea: Tips from a Social Entrepreneur Who's Been There

Make a two-page plan of what you’re going to do and why you’re doing it. Have your elevator pitch ready and recruit people you admire and respect to poke holes in it—to tell you all the ways this might not work. Absorb their critiques.