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The Worth of What They Do: The Impact of Short-term Immersive Jewish Service-Learning on Host Communities--An Exploratory Study
By Ellen Irie
In 2010 Repair the World commissioned BTW informing change to conduct an exploratory study about the impacts of short-term immersive Jewish service-learning (IJSL) on the organizations and communities that host these groups. The short-term IJSL program model combines full-time direct service for one to two weeks in response to genuine and unmet community needs, with structured learning and time for reflection placed in a rich context of Jewish education and values.
The study was designed to capture how a host community’s experience with short-term IJSL programs affected the community from the perspective of the leaders of the community based organizations/non-governmental organizations (CBO/NGO) in those communities. To date, relatively little research has examined the benefits and unintended consequences on a community from groups of youth and young adults visiting to conduct short-term service-learning projects. While this study is not designed as an evaluation of IJSL programs, Repair the World expects that the findings of this study will spur further research of the practice.
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Irie, Ellen. The Worth of What They Do: The Impact of Short-term Immersive Jewish Service-Learning on Host Communities--An Exploratory Study. Informing Change,Repair the World. 13 December 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8005
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