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All community service programs, whether secular or Jewish, must devote considerable time to proper preparation of travelers and intensive reflection time during and after a period of service so that the experience is meaningful for the volunteer and truly beneficial to the people and communities being “served”. This is why the field now prefers the term “service-learning” to the term “community service” because only with a strong learning component can some of the pitfalls of service be avoided and the benefits accentuated. In fact, service-learning incorporates all three dimensions that educators know are key to successful learning—knowing, feeling and doing. Put in more academic language, service-learning involves cognitive, affective and behavioral modalities in ways that classroom learning cannot even come close to delivering.
Repair is pleased to present The Engaged Congregation Series, a four-part series designed to provide synagogues with a step-by-step process of creating and maintaining a culture of volunteer engagement. Volunteer engagement is a strategy that can build a congregation’s capacity beyond what staff alone can accomplish. It transforms a congregation into an engaged community in [...]
Repair the World is pleased to announce the release of Breaking for Change: How Jewish Service-learning Influences the Alternative Break Experience. Conducted by Dr. Shelley Billig of RMC Research Corporation, the study investigates the impact of Immersive Jewish Service-learning (IJSL) Alternative Breaks on participants between 2009 and 2012. The study confirms what many of us [...]
On September 28, 2012 Repair the World hosted a conference call with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to provide an overview of the 2013 Senior Corps RSVP grant competition. The winners of these competitive grants were announced last week.