Month: May 2011

May 2011

Jewish Life in New Orleans

The Forward recently published “The Big Easy’s Big Jewish Comeback” about demographic shifts in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, the Jewish population of New Orleans declined sharply, but thanks to volunteer opportunities in the Gulf Coast like AVODAH, young Jews are moving … Continue reading

26th May, 2011

Reflections on the Passover Seder

Emily Hoffman is from Charleston, SC and attended Wesleyan University. She is a Advocate at Neighbors Together, a soup kitchen and comprehensive assistance program addressing the immediate crisis of hunger for the poorest people in the Bedford-Stuyvesant/Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Like most … Continue reading

23rd May, 2011

Passover and Israel’s Independence: Reflections on Mimouna

Alizah Benchetrit is from Vaughn, Ontario and attended the University of Toronto. She is a Community Advocate at Apna Ghar, an organization which provides culturally-appropriate, multilingual services, including emergency shelter, to survivors of domestic abuse with a primary focus on the South Asian and … Continue reading

18th May, 2011

The School-to-Prison Pipeline

Maggie Yates, from Spokane, WA, attended Macalester College, where she majored in Anthropology and International Studies. As a New Orleans Corps member, Maggie serves as an Education Advocate at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which uses litigation, education and other forms of … Continue reading

6th May, 2011