In Judaism we share the value of tikkun olam, repairing the world. In one of the country’s most segregated cities, we are bringing young people together across lines of division to repair the world-- together.

Repairing Together is a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Day School (MJDS) started in August of 2016 that connects students from different cultural backgrounds in K-8 schools in the Milwaukee area through thematic social and environmental action programming. We partner with local schools to share and celebrate the cultural, racial and social diversity in our communities and to take action together for a better world.

We envision a journey for all students who participate in the Repairing Together program, beginning in kindergarten and growing through the years together with partner peers until they finish eighth grade. Students create lifelong relationships, challenge stereotypes, take action together, and develop a solid framework for empathetic leadership in today’s world.

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?"
Rabbi Hillel

Repairing Together

Repairing Together is starting the school year with plenty of activities!

This week, fifth grade students from MJDS, Indian Community School and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School gathered at Lakeshore State Park to learn about Wisconsin’s waterways.

Activities included:

  • A group art project with local artist Melanie Ariens
  • Testing the quality of Lake Michigan water
  • Learning from Siobhan Marks (Ojibwe Nation) about waterwalker Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinaabe First Nations grandmother, elder and founding member of the water protectors movement.

A State Park Ranger helped students to identify edible greens and weeds and Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Joe Fitzgerald taught the importance of clean water and how that helps us help each other.

MJDS' junior and senior kindergarten students visited the Indian Community School. They engaged in a day of art, music, play, dancing, Native American sports, learning about powwows with their new friends. Mr. Dropik (Indian Community School Head of School) treated the students to a book reading in the Drum Room!

View the Repairing Together photo gallery.