Our summer blog series continues with a look back at our inaugural MLK Jr. Service Day, in partnership with TELEM. Rachel Wolf-Wagner, of Temple Beth Am Framingham, came to Soup-er Sunday in November and then was one of our amazing teen leaders for MLK Jr. Service Day in January. Rachel was a JTI Ruderman Inclusion Fellow and joined JTI in DC for L’Taken this year. In the fall, Rachel is starting Boston University.
The MLK Day of Service was a unique experience for me. I had attended the Soup-er Sunday event in Marblehead in the fall, but doing a service project like that at my synagogue was completely new and very special. Just like in the fall, I helped prepare lasagna, soup, and this time, banana bread for local shelters and charities. What was different about MLK Jr. Service Day for me was that I got to lead a group, my whole family was there helping out, and the donations were aimed at the Metrowest community I am a part of, and all of those things made the day not only fun but meaningful to me.
I’ve always been involved in community service, but recently, I’ve gotten more involved in service with my Jewish community as a peer leader. By attending and leading events like MLK Jr. Service Day, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with people in my community who I might not have otherwise met, and it offers a common interest and desire to give back to the larger local community. Although I’m going off to college in the fall and won’t be able to attend as many events like this at home, I hope to continue down the path of service that I’ve discovered in high school in the Jewish community, and I always want to be able to help those in need.