As our orientation for Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps came to a close the first week of September, we had just begun the process of navigating the intrigue of New Orleans, its unique Jewish community, and our excitement and anxiety about beginning our new jobs at various nonprofit groups throughout the city.We have also had the opportunity to contribute a great deal to the New Orleans Jewish community. With our enthusiasm and our numbers, we have been warmly welcomed into many different parts of that community. The value that we often feel in Jewish spaces is unique to this city We matter here. People want to take advantage of what we have to offer.Synthesizing all the components of my life over the past months - engaging in social justice work in this city in the context of an internal and general Jewish community - are all experiences enriched as a result of this interaction. Feeling at a distance from the population I work with, yet am still committed to, is balanced by feeling so welcome in the Jewish community and in the city itself.