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Shabbat Shalom from Impact DC!

Posted on 07/18/2014 @ 06:00 PM

Today the teens split up into 3 service groups, one going to the Capital Area Food Bank, one went gleaning at Miller Farms, and the last one went to A Wider Circle. Being that tonight is Shabbat, today’s blog post must be written early, so we will give you a few sneak peeks of tonight’s and tomorrow’s activities. The theme of Shabbat is “Earth, Wind, and Fire” because of the many spiritual connotations these elements have as well as the relationship that the theme has with the community service aspect of Impact:DC. The teens broke up into five groups to plan Friday night and Saturday morning services, create the Shabbat atmosphere, learn Shabbat songs, and prepare for the Shabbat rituals. The teens are exhausted from the workload this week and are excited to rest on Shabbat tonight and tomorrow.

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Teens doing service at Miller Farm

Today my service group went to Miller Farms to pick kale and collard greens to donate for those in need. When my group arrived at the farm, nobody was there to assist us and teach us what to do. While we were disappointed that we were unable to complete the service, we decided to look at the situation from a different perspective. We learned to always follow through in our plans especially when it takes a commitment from two different sides. While we understand that it was miscommunication between the two parties we are going to do our best to help out in the local UMD Hillel garden instead. We’re very excited to do the work!

The first week of Impact:DC has been an incredible experience and I can’t wait to see what is in store for us in the upcoming week!

This blog post was written by Matthew Hall (Lonestar Region)

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