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ReachOut! engages Jewish young adults in meaningful community service, combining the oppurtunity to volunteer across greater Boston with building community through shared learning and Jewish experiences.

The ReachOut! blog offers an additonal layer to our community, as we welcome posts from all of our volunteers on the issues, stories and motivations that inspire us to volunteer.

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Posted on December 2, 2010 by Jordyn

This year, I pledge to take the cheer I feel from celebrations with my family, and funnel my warm and fuzzy feelings into reflections and introspections. In other words, my secular New Year’s resolution is to return to my Rosh Hashanah resolution to make the time to make the world just a little bit better.

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ReachOut is making headlines: literally!
Posted on
December 1, 2010 by ReachOut!

If you happened to pick up a copy of yesterday’s Metro, you might have noticed a story about the ReachOut! program…

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A Twist on Hanukkah Giving
Posted on
December 1, 2010 by ReachOut!

In the spirit of the Hanukkah season, we’d love to point you towards a reflection published by the JTA and penned by Dasee Berkowitz. Dasee proposes that the Jewish community embrace the season as a time not just for the purchasing (and receiving) of material gifts, but as an opportunity to embrace different ways of giving. As ReachOut! is a program dedicated to the idea of giving our own – often limited and always precious- time to the community, Dasee’s piece rings especially true.

 

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Two Very Special Reasons I Am Thankful This Holiday Season
Posted on
November 29, 2010 by Alex

Volunteering sometimes brings unexpected outcomes, as you never know who you are going to meet or what type of experience you can expect.  For me, volunteering is an opportunity to share an experience with someone I might not have had the fortune to otherwise. Since last February, during Session 1 of Reach Out, my experience has become more than a volunteer commitment, but an important part of my life.

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Dinnertime! Thoughts On Sharing a Meal with the Neighbors I Didn’t Know I Had
Posted on
November 25, 2010 by Amanda

Each Tuesday evening, over 100 guests pour in the front doors of the First Parish Soup Kitchen in Cambridge. The diners who arrive are diverse in age and race, need and background. Some guests come to the soup kitchen after a day at work; others arrive with bags containing most of their worldly possessions. There are regulars who come back to the same seat each week while others join the table for the first time. Some come seeking companionship; others prefer a quiet meal.

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How do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: Tradition!
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November 23, 2010 by Matt

There’s a vignette during the “Tradition” song in Fiddler on the Roof where a man gives the town beggar a coin. The joke is old and predates the musical, but as I don’t have my collector’s edition DVD handy, I’ll paraphrase… Beggar: One kopek? Last week you gave me two! Man: I had a bad week. Beggar: Because you had a bad week, I should suffer?

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ReachOut!: What is in a name?
Posted on
November 22, 2010 by Jordyn

Just what is in a name? For ReachOut!, the name came out of over 50 one-on-one conversations with members of the community. Over and over, the need to reach out came up. There was a need to reach out to the Jews in their 20s and 30s and to present a program that engaged and created community. There was a need to reach out to those who already volunteered, and find a way to connect individuals. There was a need to reach out and help members of our greater community in a way that was both meaningful and sustainable.

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Welcome to the ReachOut blog!
Posted on
November 21, 2010 by ReachOut!

ReachOut! engages Jewish young adults in meaningful community service, combining the opportunity to volunteer across greater Boston by building community through shared learning and Jewish experiences. Participants, who are Jewish professionals in their 20s and 30s, volunteer once a week for a period of 8-9 weeks in groups of 6-10 volunteers.

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