Report from Haiti: Jews making a difference

This is one of those Jewish organizations that’s still pretty much under the radar, but ultimately may be as important  to our communal future as all those communal powerhouses with fancy their acronyms and megabucks contributors.

Repair the World was created last year to "inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need," according to its Web site "We aim to make service a defining part of American Jewish life."

So it’s not a big surprise that  the group is working closely with an Israeli organization – Tevel b’Tzedek –  to assist in ongoing relief efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti.

On the Repair the World Web site  you can follow the day-to-day activities of Micha Odenheimer, Tevel b’Tzedek’s founding director, who is coordinating Jewish volunteers working on the ground in the impoverished Caribbean country.

This isn’t the chest-thumping stuff of Israeli officials who sent rescue teams to Haiti after the January 12 disaster; these are gritty, evocative reports about Jews who are quietly going about the work of helping long after much of the rest of the world has forgotten.

Good people doing good stuff.

About the Author
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.