Social Justice

We have built long-lasting relationships with the following sites based on their demonstrated success in providing authentic hands-on, meaningful experiences that allow participants to see the direct effects that their dedication have on the community. Participants will have the opportunity to select two of the sites to work with during each summer:

  • Elijah's Promise fights to end hunger through promoting good food for all, providing education and job training for the food industry, and creating social enterprise food businesses that help build a better world.
  • Regency Heritage Nursing strives to enrich the lives of the elderly, and provides a variety of social, medical, and educational programs for its residents to create an environment of compassionate care.
  • Play SAFE is a fully subsidized summer day camp for children from New Brunswick, and provides them with not only a variety of fun daily activities, but also nutritious meals, throughout the summer free of charge.

Communal Living 

Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey participants are housed together in a sorority house on the Rutgers New Brunswick University campus, where together they will:

  • Share in the responsibility of maintaining a healthy and clean living environment
  • Practice living independently, including time management and personal awareness.
  • Have access to acres of outdoor space at Rutgers University
  • Explore Jewish life on campus

Vibrant Daily Life

When not at their job sites, exploring local non-profit organizations, or engaging in meaningful learning, participants have access to a wide range of activities accessible throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and plenty of time is given to building community and relationships each summer. Typical activities may include:

  • Taking in a baseball game
  • Visit to the local county fair
  • Watching the sunrise on the beach
  • Spending a day at the lake
  • Participating in the Annual Balloon Festival

At a Glance

Dates: Summer 2021 Dates TBD
Length: 29 days
Issue Focus: Community Empowerment
Community Service Hours: 160
Cost: Summer 2021 Rates TBD (2020 Rates: $4400 - Early bird before January 2, 2020; $4700 - Full Tuition)
Mitzvah Corps is open to all rising 10th - graduating 12th graders.