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Review for Jewish Funds for Justice, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I had a life-changing experience on my trip to New Orleans in February 2009. Honestly. The combination of helping a community that is in great need (insulating and dry-walling homes for Hurricane Katrina victims), learning about the community and governmental reaction/inaction to the storm and its aftermath (speakers included healthcare, housing, & Jewish community professionals), connecting with volunteers/clients/community organizers/trip leaders, and the educational sessions that enabled us to talk about our experiences and apply Jewish theology to our experiences all made for a well-rounded & inspiring experience, and enabled new friendships. After returning from our trip, I was so inspired by my experience with the organization that I decided I needed to do something that made the best use of my talents and my voice. So my husband and I wrote an article for the Atlanta Jewish Times and the JFSJ newsletter. Professional Photographer magazine also did an article about me, our trip and the photographs I took while there. I recommend this trip and the organization to everyone looking to be a part of something larger than themselves, to have an impact on a community in need, and to connect with other similar-minded Jewish people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling of helping complete strangers, learning about their struggle and being inspired. And the friends I made.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generous, inspired, thankful and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make more trips available to people across the country and help more people in need. It could also increase the news coverage of those in need and therefore increase volunteer support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I attended a trip to New Orleans to help rebuild homes for misplaced Hurricane Katrina victims.