Grant Announcement: Repair the World’s Pride Month Jewish Service-Learning Programming

Grant Description:

Repair the World Baltimore (Baltimore Repair) engages Baltimore Jewish young adults and their peers in service and Jewish learning that fosters community, builds capacity at local nonprofits, and creates bridges across lines of difference. In June 2023, Baltimore Repair will offer three service-learning programs to celebrate Pride month with the Jewish young adult and broader communities. Baltimore Repair will facilitate Hands of Havdalah and Pride Shabbat, as well as provide service and learning at Pride in the Park. Across these three programs, Baltimore Repair will warmly welcome and celebrate the local LGBTQ+ community, offering a safe space for the Jewish community to come together, learn, create connections, and foster community. An overview of the three programs is provided below:

  1. Hands of Havdalah: Baltimore Repair, in partnership with Hinenu Baltimore, will engage 30-40 participants in an evening of learning, service, and community building. Participants will learn about community care and harm reduction. They will also pack 100 hygiene kits for the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition.
  2. Pride Shabbat: Baltimore Repair, in partnership with Beth Am Synagogue, will engage up to 60 participants in an evening of food, fun, and community building. Participants will enjoy a Shabbat meal and learn about local LGBTQ+ advocacy work with a service partner.
  3. Pride in the Park: Baltimore Repair will have a table at this city-wide event, offering an advocacy service project in support of Keshet. Community members who stop by the table will support Keshet by writing postcards to Maryland State legislatures to advocate for the Equality Act.

Baltimore Repair is an expert in convening the local Jewish young adult community and mobilizing them in pursuit of a more just world. This programming, which offers a unique opportunity for the community to come together, serve, and learn, is innovative by blending Jewish tradition and learning with social issues. By offering a Shabbat dinner with the theme of LGBTQ+ justice, for example, Baltimore Repair is connecting Jewish and universal values, and providing an entry point to Jewish community. Through these three programs, Baltimore Repair is creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ community members within the Jewish community through community building, education, and service.” “All programming will take place throughout June 2023, and recruitment began in May. Recruitment tools include social media, the Repair website, and word of mouth with current volunteers, service partners, and Jewish communal partners. Additionally, these events were promoted at a recent LGBTQ Seder program hosted by Baltimore Repair.

Baltimore Repair will work closely with service partners and Jewish communal partners to recruit for and implement these three programs. Partners include Hinenu Baltimore, Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, Keshet, Beth Am Synagogue, and local Hillels.

Funds will be utilized to cover food and hospitality costs for the Shabbat dinner, as well as support purchasing hygiene items for the kit packing service project.

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