Repairing Our World, Starting in the South

Tikkun olam
has long been a hallmark of Jewish life – and that’s certainly true here in the South.

Southern Jewish communities have long been active in their cities and neighborhoods, working together with their neighbors to make a difference. Now, the ISJL also works in partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi Campus Link AmeriCorps Program.  One of twelve AmeriCorps programs funded through the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, USM’s Link AmeriCorps program places year-long AmeriCorps service members to work with partner nonprofits.

This is the second year of the ISJL’s partnership with the Campus Link AmeriCorps Program. Campus Link provides nonprofits, like the ISJL, with AmeriCorps teams in order to lower student drop-out rates and promote academic success.  The team is led by a full-time member, based at the ISJL, who is responsible for coordinating tutoring and mentoring sessions to be facilitated by part-time AmeriCorps members. As the Director of Community Engagement here, it’s my privilege to supervise our AmeriCorps member – and I’m thrilled that this year, we have selected Gernelle Nelson as our second full-time AmeriCorps Fellow to lead the ISJL’s AmeriCorps team.

AmeriCorps Member Gernelle at her ISJL desk

“I am so excited to be working with the ISJL Department of Community Engagement,” says Nelson. “Having worked with middle school students at Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, I feel prepared to reach out and help students achieve academic success. I feel like I have the unique ability to look past circumstances and as I try to work with the students to uncover the great potential that each of them possesses.”

Please join us in welcoming Gernelle to the team, and helping continue the tradition of communities coming together to make our world a better place!

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