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.


#JSERVE2018 Micro Grant Funding is Still Available!

CALLING ALL J-SERVERS: the J-Serve 2018 Grant Application is officially live, and micro grant funding of up to $500 per community is now available to all local Jewish teen service project coordinators! Micro Grant Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis while funds remain available. Whether you are a seasoned J-Serve pro or brand new to the network, we welcome all relevant applications from anywhere and everywhere around the world. Don't wait - apply today!


NEW J-Serve Project Planning Toolkit is Now Available!

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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 content sections (Visioning > Planning > Promoting > Hosting > Follow Up), plus an Appendix filled with handy tables and charts, we hope that this resource will serve as a useful reference document for teen project coordinators and professional staff alike, supporting and inspiring J-Serve projects of all types and sizes around the world. Dive in, bookmark it on your desktop, share it with friends; enjoy!


Thank you to all who served for #JSERVE2017! We look forward to J-Serving along with you next year for #JSERVE2018 on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

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


across 150+ communities iN 22 countries AROUND THE WORLD

across 150+ communities iN 22 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 2017 Participating Project Locations IncludeD:

Birmingham, AL

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Chandler, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ
Tempe, AZ

Vienna, Austria

Minsk, Belarus

Sofia, Bulgaria

Berkeley, CA
Cupertino, CA
Danville, CA
Fremont, CA
Bay Area, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Gatos, CA
Marin, CA
Mountain View, CA
Oakland, CA
Palo Alto, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
San Mateo, CA
Walnut Creek, CA

Osijek, Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia

Denver, CO

Hartford, CT
Stamford, CT

Havana, Cuba

Wilmington, DE

Copenhagen, Denmark

Talinn, Estonia

Orlando, FL
Naples, FL
Homestead, FL

Atlanta, GA

Tbilisi, Georgia

Budapest, Hungary

Chicago, IL

Indianapolis, IN

Be'er Sheva, Israel
Gedera, Israel
Hadera, Israel
Modi'in, Israel
Natanya, Israel
Nes Tziona, Israel
Ramat Gan, Israel
Rishon-Lezion, Israel
Zichron Ya'aqov, Israel

Louisville, KY

Riga, Latvia

New Orleans, LA

Skopje, Macedonia

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Acton, MA
Danvers, MA
Framingham, MA
Franklin, MA
Hollison, MA
Lynn, MA
Marblehead, MA
Peabody, MA
Reading, MA
Salem, MA
Sharon, MA
Springfield, MA
Swampscott, MA

Baltimore/Owings Mills, MD
Montgomery County, MD

Detroit, MI

Omaha, NE

Las Vegas, NV

Cherry Hill, NJ
Fanwood, NJ
Princeton, NJ
Whippany, NJ
Marlboro, NJ

Albuquerque, NM

Brooklyn, NY
Long Beach, NY
Manhattan, NY
Queens, NY
Rochester, NY
Syosset, NY
West Nyack, NY
White Plains, NY

Raleigh, NC

Cincinnati, OH
Columbus, OH
Dayton, OH
Cleveland, OH

Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

Portland, OR

Allentown, PA
Bryn Mawr, PA
Elkins Park, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Lafayette Hill, PA
Merion Station, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Scranton, PA
Wilkes Barre, PA
Yardley, PA

Warsaw, Poland

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Providence, RI

Bryansk, Russia
Kazan, Russia
Krasnodar, Russia
Moscow, Russia
Nizhny Tagil, Russia
Orel, Russia
Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Saratov, Russia
Tula, Russia
Ufa, Russia
Voronezh, Russia

Belgrade, Serbia
Novi Sad, Serbia

Bratislava, Slovakia

Columbia, SC

Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN

Houston, TX
San Antonio, TX
Austin, TX
Dallas, TX

Salt Lake City, UT

Dnepr, Ukraine
Kharkov, Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine
Kirovograd, Ukraine
Krivoy Rog, Ukraine
Kropivnitskiy, Ukraine
Nikolaev, Ukraine
Rovno, Ukraine
Sumy, Ukraine
Vinnitsa, Ukraine
Zaporozhye, Ukraine

Montevideo, Uruguay

London, United Kingdom

Fairfax, VA
Richmond, VA
Williamsburg, VA

Seattle, WA

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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 updated 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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