With so many Jewish festivals oriented to healing the world, Abigail Pogrebin attended a Shabbat dinner run by recent college graduates who are devoting a year to vanquishing poverty.
Being a Jewish tenant organizer is nothing new. But, these days, it often means organizing low income non-Jews against Orthodox landlords.
Every year, thousands of American Jews go to ‘do service’ in the name of tikkun olam, or repairing the world. But who, exactly, is served by these efforts.
Two Jewish non-profits will soon close a popular social justice program aimed at young Jews. Avodah and American Jewish World Service said they want to focus on their core missions.
Anti-poverty group Avodah spurred protests when it announced a service trip to Israel. The group placated opponents by adding the occupation in the itinerary.
A planned social-service trip to Israel has split Avodah, a domestic Jewish anti-poverty group. Some believe it should focus on the U.S. and steer clear of Israel.