Through our extensive local community partners, students can get involved by directly volunteering with organizations covering a spectrum of issues, attend lectures and events to learn about social issues and solutions and advocate on behalf of those communities who are under-served. Contact Talia Orencel to learn more and get involved with any of the initiatives below
Homelessness and Hunger
3.5 Million people experience homelessness in America. Together with the National Coalition for the Homeless, Maryland Hillel is working towards assisting DC’s homeless and most vulnerable populations. Join us for monthly outreach runs, panel discussions, assist in advocacy work to bring about systemic changes. For more information, e-mail Talia Orencel.
Education in America
In partnership with High Point High in Beltsville, students have the opportunity to mentor and tutor students in High School in areas of English, Math and Sciences. Teach for America has several Corps members at the High School that will assist in the creation of this program. In addition, in conjunction with our Alternative Break program, Maryland Hillel and Teach for America will be running a week-long immersion experience to one of their most needed cities to continue this critical look at Education in America. Every Tuesday from 2:30pm-4:30pm starting in October. For more information, e-mail Talia Orencel. Apply to be a tutor.
The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes is committed to providing individuals with developmental disabilities and/or chronic mental disorders with the opportunity to live independently within the community with dignity, personal choice, and respect while offering the opportunity to experience Jewish life and supporting others with the opportunity to practice their own faith. Monthly activities include visits to the Gorup Homes to assist with programming, home Repairs and more; Programs at Hillel for residents and opportunities to bring your group to share a Shabbat meal at one the group homes. For more info, contact Justin Kelman.
Justice for Juniors
Justice for Juniors focuses on decreasing the high juvenile recidivism rate in the District. According to the most recent DYRS report, over 1,000 juveniles are committed every day in D.C. and over half of those individuals are not first time offenders. We find those statistics troubling and we are committed to bringing down those numbers through detention visits, shelter meetings, and on-campus tutoring. Justice for Juniors entails three components: Sunday mentoring for individuals on parole, weekly visits to the juvenile detention centers on Mondays and Wednesdays, and on-going mentoring program with individuals living in the shelter system and in the custody of social services. For more info, email Talia.
JFarm is a Jewish group focused on gardening and food justice. Founded in 2009, it maintains a vegetable and herb garden in front of the Rosenbloom Hillel Center, educates students on issues related to food security, and volunteers in the local community to increase access to healthy meals. To get involved join the Facebook Group or email JFarm.
Days of Service and Good Deeds Day
Join Maryland Hillel every month for a day of service. Each month we’ll spend a Sunday working with a different vulnerable population in the D.C. area. Do you want to arrange a day of service for your student group, friends, fraternity, or sorority? Contact us and we can make it happen. In addition, get involved with Good Deeds Day! For more info, email Talia.
Challah For Hunger
Challah for Hunger brings people together to bake and sell challah, to raise money and awareness for social justice. We bake Challah weekly and sell the loaves with 50% of proceeds being donated to the national Challah for Hunger cause, part to Maryland Hillel and part to a cause of the group’s choosing. While kneading, braiding and baking, students are immersed in dialogue on the social issues they will be donating to.Weekly on Thursdays at RHC, Like our Facebook group for more info!
D.U.N.K. (Dedicated Undergraduates Nurturing Kids) connects student volunteers with local 5th and 6th graders to teach basketball skills and sportsmanship. D.U.N.K. is a student-run organization that promotes sportsmanship, leadership, and healthy lifestyle among local youth through basketball programming. Committed volunteers stress positive values, while mentoring kids to realize and achieve their potential. For more info, visit the Facebook group or email Avi Kozlowski.
Global Justice Shabbat
Each Semester Maryland Hillel holds a large-scale social justice featuring speakers on various topics related to social justice and change. In the past Global Justice Shabbatot have included Global Hunger Shabbat, Global Women’s Shabbat and a Shabbat featuring Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service. Want to help plan? Contact Talia Orencel.
Join us monthly for movie screenings, speakers, panel discussions and sessions on various social justice topics in order to learn about social issues and to learn how to harness your power to make change. Examples include: Faces of the Homeless Panel, a series on Jews in the Civil Rights movement, movie screenings and discussions with local social change leaders. Want more information, contact Talia Orencel.
Other Ways to get Involved
Freedom Seder (Passover)
Manicure for a Cure
Alternative Break Programs