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By voting, we are upholding the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania | 2020
James Overstreet

“Voting is a mitzvah. To help others fulfill that mitzvah, I became the first MitzVote civic engagement intern at Franklin and Marshall Hillel. It’s been fantastic to come at voting from a nonpartisan view. I’m not trying to gather Republican votes or Democratic votes but rather American votes, focusing on our responsibility to be civically engaged. We’ve been planning bi-weekly events, like a Kahoot game about presidential election history and a discussion about how Labor Day and Jewish values are interconnected. We also brought a ballot drop box to the Hillel center. The Jewish people are innovators and changemakers who have been politically active throughout history. By voting, we are upholding the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world. We’re trying to make this world the best it can be.” — James Overstreet, Franklin and Marshall College