Why Urban Mitzvah Corps?

The field of direct service is vast, and teens have a variety of options to choose from when considering a summer program. So what makes the Urban Mitzvah Corps experience unique?

Off the beaten path. Connect with local people and organizations in a small communities in central New Jersey.Diverse, yet like-minded, peers. Join forces with Jewish teens from around North America, with diverse backgrounds and experiences in travel, Judaism, and social action, but all of whom are looking to be challenged, to learn, and to make an impact.

More than just volunteering. Our holistic approach digs deeper, contextualizing issues and learning from local community members, so that the hands-on work is integrated into a social justice lifestyle.

Learn to ask questions. Hear personal stories, gain new perspectives, and understand the “why” behind everything.

Tap into the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) network. As a URJ Youth program, we provide access to our vast international network of resources both during and after the program.

Highly trained staff. Our diverse staff have backgrounds in experiential education, travel, social justice, and a variety of professional realms, and are well versed in the ways that Judaism plays a relevant and active role in their daily lives.

Community service hours. Earn 160 documented community service hours.

Financial support. Our program is eligible for the One Happy Camper grants up to $1000. We offer our own need-based scholarships, and will match funding from other sources.

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.