APRIL 15, 2018
APRIL 15, 2018
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.
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.
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
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!
STEP 2: Build a Plan
STEP 1: Shape Your Vision
STEP 3: Spread the Word
STEP 4: Be An Excellent Host
STEP 5: Stay Connected (video coming shortly!)
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!
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!
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)!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Paradise Valley, AZ
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Colorado Springs, CO
New Haven, CT
West Hartford, CT
Broward/Boca Raton, FL
Fort Myers, FL
Lake Mary, FL
Ormond Beach, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Bat Yam, Israel
Be'er Sheva, Israel
Karmei Yosef, Israel
Kfar Shmuel, Israel
Kiryat Gat, Israel
Nes Zyiona, Israel
Or Yehuda, Israel
Ramat Gan, Israel
Rishon Lezion, Israel
Yad Rambam, Israel
Zichron Ya’akov, Israel
Overland Park, KS
New Orleans, LA
Howard County, MD
Montgomery County, MD
Mexico City, Mexico
West Bloomfield, MI
St. Paul, MN
St. Louis, MO
Las Vegas, NV
St. Petersburg, Russia
Novi Sad, Serbia
Krivoy Rog, Ukraine
Virginia Beach, VA
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.
Adas Israel - Washington, D.C.
Adath Israel Synagogue - Toronto, Ontario
Alexander Muss High School in Israel
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 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
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