Jewish Values in Action
We believe Judaism must be meaningful, relevant, and accessible. We live in a world where what we do and how we act is becoming more important than simply what we know. Judaism is no different: Teaching our students how to be a mensch -- how to apply the Jewish knowledge and skills that they have learned -- is paramount.
Repairing Together guides our students to learn and live the core Jewish principle of tikkun olam (repair the world). Through interactive experiences that connect our students to the community around them, they are empowered to make the world a better place.
Who We Are
Repairing Together is a Milwaukee-based non-profit organization, aimed at bringing children from different backgrounds together. Established in 2016 by Elsien Crawford, we partner with local schools to share and celebrate the cultural, racial and social differences in our local communities.
Our partners include Milwaukee College Prep 38th Street campus, Bruce Guadalupe School UCC and the Indian Community School. Repairing Together works with local organizations such as the Urban Ecology Center, Victory Gardens Initiative, the Hunger Task Force, Serve2Unite, Arts@Large, Holocaust Education and Resource Center, Hours Against Hate, UW-Milwaukee and more.
What We Do
Through a close collaboration with our partner schools and non-profit organizations in Milwaukee, we develop intensive programs that teach lessons in empathy and understanding to children from different backgrounds. Through these programs, children are given the opportunity to take part in a number of group activities where they create diverse friendship groups for life.
From kindness and respect to repairing the environment and the world, to becoming our future leaders and visionaries, our programming is structured around shared values from a Jewish perspective, which happen to be common values across all communities.
Repairing Together creates its programming to help facilitate and teach specific segments with input from students. We take special care to measure the effect felt on students -- eighth graders complete an empathy survey at the beginning of the year and at the end of the same school year to gauge any shifts in their attitudes. Additionally, each program includes a post-event evaluation for students and teachers alike. Our program is dynamic and designed to meet the needs of those involved. As a result, we regularly review feedback and suggestions from all participants.
We envision a journey for all students who participate in the Repairing Together program. Children in first grade enter into the programming and grow through the years together with partner peers, until they finish eighth grade. Throughout their journey, students create lifelong bonds with students from the other partner schools.
Sponsors and Donors
Repairing Together applies for grants and funds through different local foundations and private donors so that we can offer our programs completely free of charge to our involved schools.
Repairing Together is organization that links students from schools of different cultural and racial backgrounds to teach tolerance, peace-building and diversity. Through these experiences, students from first through eighth grades collaborate with area non-profit groups to participate in social and environmental action programs to learn about one another and to build empathy and appreciation for people from differing backgrounds. Partner schools of Repairing Together include Milwaukee Jewish Day School, the Indian Community School, Bruce Guadalupe and Milwaukee College Prep.
The organization has served over 450 students since its start and works with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Serve2Unite, the Urban Ecology Center, the Hunger Task Force, Inc. and Arts@Large. Learn more about Repairing Together by contacting Project Director Elsien Crawford.