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 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 [...]
In 2011, Repair the World (Repair) and its grantee-partner organizations collected standardized data about immersive Jewish service-learning (IJSL) program participants. Together with Rosov Consulting, Repair developed a Common Participant Questionnaire (CPQ), which was administered by 20 grantee-partner organizations (see the full list below). This questionnaire asked participants about their demographics, motivations for participating in an [...]
NEW STUDY FINDS THAT AVODAH HELPS PREPARE PARTICIPANTS TO BE LEADERS IN THE JEWISH AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMUNITIES
NEW YORK, NY; February 12, 2013–When AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps was founded in 1998, few Immersive Jewish Service Learning (IJSL) programs were in existence. Fourteen years later, IJSL has grown into a field with dozens of programs and thousands of alumni. As a pioneer in this space, AVODAH, in collaboration with Repair the World, [...]
This week AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps released the survey results of a study they conducted earlier this year. The survey asked the AVODAH alumni community to reflect on how the year-long service-learning experience has affected the course of their lives. In conjunction with Repair the World and outside evaluators from Brandeis University, AVODAH asked [...]