13,500+ jewish teens serving the world

APRIL 15, 2018


13,500+ jewish teens serving the world

APRIL 15, 2018


J-Serve Is The International Day Of Jewish Youth Service.

Since 2005, J-Serve has provided teens with a unique opportunity to band together through service as a united global network committed to fulfilling the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Every year, Jewish teens around the world join each other on this special day and throughout the spring to make their community and the world a better place. 

J-Serve is a collaborative effort run in partnership with GOOD DEEDS DAY, BBYO, REPAIR THE WORLD, and YSA's GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY. The initiative is generously underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Awards Committee.


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Calling all J-Servers: Tell the World WHY YOU SERVE for #jserve2018

As we gear up for J-Serve 2018, we want to hear from YOU - the Jewish teens serving the world this spring! Why are you participating in J-Serve this year? Why is service important to you? Let us know as part of our NEW photo campaign - it's easy: print and write on this template (see image, right), and share a photo or video on social media telling the world why you serve.

Don't forget to hashtag #jserve2018 when you post, and pay it forward by @tagging a few of your friends to ask them 'Why do YOU serve?', too!  The WHY I SERVE template can be accessed at bit.ly/jserveWHYISERVE.

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Serve with your voice, too: sign and share the J-Serve Safe Schools Pledge today!

Join Jewish teens around the world in taking a stand for the safety of all young people, everywhere - and especially at school.

Sign your name alongside thousands of your peers as you pledge to continue serving in/around J-Serve through meaningful moments of advocacy, philanthropy, community organizing, and/or continued service.

The pledge also includes a collection of quick links to resources that will help you to engage civically - whether to contact your elected officials, organize a student-led 'teach-in,' register to vote or host a voter registration drive... and more!

Share the pledge far and wide: bit.ly/jewishteens4safeschools

Be counted as part of the global #jserve2018 network via our universal event sign-in link!

Whether your J-Serve project includes five teens or 500, make sure your event participants get counted as part of our global community as we work toward a shared goal of engaging 13,500+ Jewish teens in service this spring!

If you don't already have an online registration page for your event, share this link - https://jserve.org/signin - onsite at your project via cell phone, tablet, or laptop to ensure every teen's participation gets the recognition you deserve!

Eager to take your community's J-Serve to the next level? Explore the five core steps to building a fun and meaningful experience, as explained by these veteran J-Servers:

STEP 2: Build a Plan

STEP 1: Shape Your Vision

Finding Inspiration
Peyton Klein – Pittsburgh, PA

Setting SMART Goals
Zach Cohen – Atlanta, GA

Building Community Partnerships
Hannah Levit – Winnipeg, Manitoba

STEP 3: Spread the Word

Involving the Press
Eva Hayman – Vienna, VA

STEP 4: Be An Excellent Host

Engaging All Teens
Allie Kalik (Washington, D.C.) & Dylan Meehan (Long Island, NY)

STEP 5: Stay Connected (video coming shortly!)

Top Ten: Event Hosting
Jacob Lewis (Atlanta, GA) & Julia Paul (Kansas City, KS)


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Check out the new and improved J-Serve Project Planning Toolkit – brought to you in partnership with our friends at Repair the World. This comprehensive guide is designed to:

  1. Help translate passions into a project vision that speaks to teen interests, skills, and creativity, and
  2. Develop a plan to bring big teen service ideas to life by raising awareness about a project, creating a meaningful experience for participants, and keeping in touch with everyone involved.

Broken down into five main sections (Visioning > Planning > Promoting > Hosting > Follow Up) to support you throughout the process of building your J-Serve experience - plus an Appendix w/ handy tables and charts - we hope this resource will serve as a useful reference guide for teen project coordinators and professional staff alike. Dive in, bookmark it, share it with friends... enjoy!

Introducing: J-Serve Jams on Spotify

Looking to rev up your event registration, spice up your service project, or cool down your closing program with some top notch tunes? Check out the NEW J-Serve 2018 Spotify Playlist, and be sure to pump these J-Serve Jams at your community's J-Serve experience!

check out AVAILABLE J-SERVE program AND marketing resources below!


across 150+ communities iN countries AROUND THE WORLD

across 150+ communities iN countries AROUND THE WORLD

Are you ready to join the global movement of Jewish teens serving around the world? Follow these simple steps to bring J-Serve to life in your community:

  1. ENGAGE with existing J-Serve projects in your community to see how you can get involved. Check out the list of available projects (see list below) to register today, where applicable; or talk to your local Jewish youth professional for more information. Can’t find a project near you? No worries – what a great opportunity to build your own (see Step #2, below)!

  2. CREATE your own J-Serve project designed to serve whatever cause is most important to you. No teen service is ever too big or too small, so be confident in your vision and seek out support from J-Serve leadership (email rwilliams@bbyo.org) and/or a local Jewish youth professional where needed. If you need financial support to get your project off the ground, you can apply for a J-Serve micro grant of up to $500.

  3. SHARE your basic project information once confirmed by completing the brief survey form included below to get plugged into the broader J-Serve international network! The more we know about your plans, the better we can help support you along the way.

  4. REGISTER your project online to encourage Jewish teens in your area to sign up and share their key information (name, cell, email, grade) in advance for your event! You can create your own online registration form using a free platform like Google Forms or SurveyMonkey, or you can request help from J-Serve by completing a Local Project Registration Request Form.

  5. MARKET your J-Serve event far and wide, through all available channels: use our template resources to create postcards, flyers and posters to post in popular Jewish and secular community centers; drop our email header into a note you can push out to Jewish teens in your community to encourage them to register; change your Facebook profile and cover photos to our J-Serve logos to bring awareness to your program, while tagging J-Serve on Facebook and #JSERVE2018 on Twitter and Instagram.

  6. CONTACT prominent local leaders and/or elected officials to invite them to join in your service efforts as part of your local J-Serve project. Customize our Elected Officials Outreach Template for your project, and engage with the key gamechangers in your community as an exciting (and easy!) way to help amplify your event!

  7. CONNECT with the broader J-Serve community by liking the J-Serve Page on Facebook, and be sure to post key photo, video and personal quote highlights directly from your event.

  8. CELEBRATE your success by sharing all your best action photoss, video clips, press coverage and/or teen testimonials on social media (again, tagging J-Serve on Facebook and #JSERVE2018 on Twitter and Instagram). Let us help you spread the word about your accomplishments by sharing all of the above with J-Serve International.

Have a J-Serve project idea for your community, but still have questions? Contact Rae Williams, International J-Serve Program Manager, for more info on how to get started and other available support!



J-Serve 2018 Participating Project Locations Include:

Birmingham, AL

Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Vienna, Austria

Scottsdale, AZ
Paradise Valley, AZ

Babruysk, Belarus
Gomel, Belarus
Minsk, Belarus
Vitebsk, Belarus

Sofia, Bulgaria

Irvine, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Saratoga, CA
Sunnyvale, CA

Shanghai, China

Boulder, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, CO

New Haven, CT
Stamford, CT
West Hartford, CT
Westport, CT

Wilmington, DE

London, England
Manchester, England

Broward/Boca Raton, FL
Fort Myers, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Lake Mary, FL
Largo, FL
Melbourne, FL
Naples, FL
Orlando, FL
Ormond Beach, FL
Parkland, FL
Pensacola, FL
Sarasota, FL
Tampa, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Wynwood, FL

Bordeaux, France

Dunwoody, GA
Savannah, GA

Tbilisi, Georgia

Budapest, Hungary

Chicago, IL
Rockford, IL

Indianapolis, IN

Bat Yam, Israel
Be'er Sheva, Israel
Gedera, Israel
Hadera, Israel
Halutz, Israel
Holon, Israel
Karmei Yosef, Israel
Kfar Shmuel, Israel
Kiryat Gat, Israel
Maccabim, Israel
Modiin, Israel
Nes Zyiona, Israel
Netanya, Israel
Nili, Israel
Or Yehuda, Israel
Petachia, Israel
Poleg, Israel
Ramat Gan, Israel
Rishon Lezion, Israel
Sderot, Israel
Yad Rambam, Israel
Zichron Ya’akov, Israel

Overland Park, KS

Louisville, KY

Vilnius, Lithuania

New Orleans, LA

Skopje, Macedonia

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Acton, MA
Boston, MA
Framingham, MA
Lynne, MA
Newton, MA
Pittsfield, MA
Reading, MA
Salem, MA
Sharon, MA
Springfield, MA
Sudbury, MA

Baltimore, MD
Howard County, MD
Montgomery County, MD

Mexico City, Mexico

West Bloomfield, MI

Minneapolis, MN
St. Paul, MN

St. Louis, MO

Balti, Moldova
Chisinau, Moldova

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Las Vegas, NV

Marlboro, NJ
Millburn, NJ
Moorestown, NJ
New Brunswick, NJ
Princeton, NJ
Sayreville, NJ
Tenafly, NJ
Whippany, NJ

Albuquerque, NM

Brooklyn, NY
East Hills, NY
Greenvale, NY
New York, NY
Plainview, NY
Westchester, NY
West Nyack, NY

Charlotte, NC
Raleigh, NC

Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Toledo, OH

Vaughan, Ontario
Thornhill, Ontario

Portland, OR

Harrisburg, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA

Krakow, Poland

Montreal, Quebec

Providence, RI

Bryansk, Russia
Ekaterinburg, Russia
Izhevsk, Russia
Kazan, Russia
Krasnodar, Russia
Moscow, Russia
Rostov-on-Don, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
Saratov, Russia
Volgograd, Russia

Novi Sad, Serbia
Zrenjanin, Serbia

Charleston, SC

Barcelona, Spain

Zurich, Switzerland

Chattanooga, TN
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN

Austin, TX
Dallas, TX
El Paso, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Houston, TX
San Antonio, TX

Istanbul, Turkey
Izmir, Turkey

Chernihiv, Ukraine
Dnipro, Ukraine
Donetsk, Ukraine
Kharkov, Ukraine
Kherson, Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine
Koziatyn, Ukraine
Krivoy Rog, Ukraine
Kropivnitsky, Ukraine
Lviv, Ukraine
Melitopol, Ukraine
Nikolaev, Ukraine
Odessa, Ukraine
Poltava, Ukraine
Sumy, Ukraine
Vinnytsia, Ukraine
Zaporozhye, Ukraine

Montevideo, Uruguay

Salt Lake City, UT

Richmond, VA
Vienna, VA
Virginia Beach, VA

Redmond, WA
Seattle, WA





Check Out the Latest J-Serve Resources to Support Your Local Project!

Whether you're looking to deepen your Judaic and/or service-learning program or ready to market your J-Serve project far and wide, take a look through our available resource collection, brought to you by a compilation of many of our leading partner organizations.



J-Serve Would Not Be Possible Without The Support Of Our Partner Organizations

Adas Israel - Washington, D.C.

Adath Israel Synagogue - Toronto, Ontario

Alexander Muss High School in Israel

Anti-Defamation League

B'nai Shalom - Olney, Maryland

B'nai Tzedek - Scottsdale, Arizona

B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy  

B'nei Akiva of Toronto  

Beth Ami - Washington, D.C.

Beth David Synagogue - Toronto, Ontario

Beth El - Bethesda, Maryland

Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue - Toronto, Ontario

Beth Sholom Synagogue - Toronto, Ontario

Beth Tikvah Synagogue - Toronto, Ontario

Beth Torah Synagogue - Toronto, Ontario

Bethesda Jewish Congregation

Birmingham Jewish Federation

Camp Gesher - Toronto, Ontario

Camp Inc.

Camp Northland-B'nai Brith - Toronto, Ontario

Camp Shomria - Toronto, Ontario

Camp Solomon Schechter - Seattle, Washington

Canadian Council of Conservative Synagogues    

Canadian Young Judaea

Chai Lifeline - Seattle, Washington

ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge

City Shul - Toronto, Ontario

Congregation Albert - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Congregation Beth Shalom - Seattle, Washington

Congregation Beth Sholom - Rochester, New York

Congregation Herzl Ner Tamid

Education Director's Network - Cleveland, Ohio

Greene Family Camp - Dallas, Texas

Habonim Dror - Toronto, Ontario

Hashomer Hatzair - Toronto, Ontario

Healthcare for the Homeless - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hillel of Greater Toronto  

Holy Blossom Temple - Toronto, Ontario

HomeFront - Seattle, Washington

Indianapolis Federation of Temple Youth

J.Academy Camp - Toronto, Ontario

JCC of Greater Washington

JCC of Greater Toronto

Jewish European Professionals

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis's
Young Leadership Division

Jewish Federation of Howard County

Jewish Federation of New Mexico

Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto

Jewish Teen Alliance of Chicago

Jewish Youth Network - Toronto, Ontario

Kadima - Seattle, Washington

Lodzer Synagogue - Toronto, Ontario

March of the Living - Toronto, Ontario

North Shore Teen Initiative - Marblehead, MA

Oraynu Children's School - Toronto, Ontario

Ronald McDonald House - Greater New Jersey

SAFTY - San Antonio, Texas

Schwayder Camp - Idaho Springs, Colorado

Shaarei-Beth El Temple - Toronto, Ontario

Shirat Hayam - Marblehead, Massachusetts  

South Area United Synagogue Youth - San Antonio, Texas

Teen Leadership Council - Cleveland, Ohio

Teen Professionals Kehillah

Teen Tzedakah - Birmingham, Alabama

Temple Ahavas Achim - Newburyport, Massachusetts

Temple B'nai Abraham - Beverly, Massachusetts

Temple B'rith Kodesh - Rochester, New York

Temple Beth Shalom - Austin, Texas

Temple Beth Shalom - Peabody, Massachusetts

Temple Beth-El - Birmingham, Alabama

Temple De Hirsch Sinai - Seattle, Washington

Temple Emanu-El - Birmingham, Alabama

Temple Emanu-El - Toronto, Ontario  

Temple Emanu-El - Dallas, Texas

Temple Ner Tamid - Peabody, Massachusetts

Temple Sinai - Marblehead, Massachusetts

Youth Service America


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Tag photos, videos and other J-Serve highlights on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: #JSERVE2018