CELEBRATING 15 years oF jewish teens serving the world

Sunday, April 7, 2019


CELEBRATING 15 years oF jewish teens serving the world

Sunday, April 7, 2019

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

Since 2005, J-Serve has provided teens with a unique opportunity for teens 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 worldwide join each other on this special day and throughout the spring to make their community and the world a better place. 

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J-Serve is a collaborative effort run by BBYO in partnership with GOOD DEEDS DAYREPAIR THE WORLD, and YSA's GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAYThe initiative is generously underwritten by The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, among others.

Community Micro Grants for J-Serve 2019 are now available!

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In an effort to empower a growing number of communities around the world to participate and expand their #JSERVE2019 programs, micro grant funding (up to $500) is now available.

  • U.S. & Canada-based J-Serve Projects: APPLY HERE

  • Global (non-U.S./Canada-based) Projects*: APPLY HERE

*NOTE: the Global Projects grant application is now available in English, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, German.

Please review whichever application form best corresponds with your home community and apply accordingly. All submission deadlines, evaluation criteria, and other key considerations are included within the application form.

In honor of J-Serve's 15th anniversary in 2019, we're expanding the initiative's focus this year to include all forms of meaningful social action. Participating communities - including all grant applicants - are encouraged to explore new opportunities to engage a broader range of local Jewish teens by highlighting the value and impact of philanthropy, advocacy, community organizing, life skills training, and more in connection with/instead of traditional direct service (read more here: bit.ly/aboutjserve2019).

Potential project ideas open for exploration may include (but are not limited to):

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Whether you're a seasoned J-Serve pro or brand new to the network, we welcome all relevant applications from near and far! 

Want to join the global movement of Jewish teens serving worldwide? Review these quick tips to help you plug into and/or build J-Serve near you:

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  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 info@jserve.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 (see 2019 application above).

  3. SHARE your basic project information once confirmed (email details to info@jserve.org) 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 (coming soon!).

  5. MARKET your J-Serve event far and wide, through all available channels: use our template resources (below) 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/parents in your community to invite participation; change your Facebook profile and cover photos to our J-Serve images to bring awareness to your program, while tagging J-Serve on Facebook and #JSERVE2019 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. 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 photos, video clips, press coverage and/or teen testimonials on social media (again, tagging J-Serve on Facebook and #JSERVE2019 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 Director, for more info on how to get started and other available support!

Ready to get started? Check out the J-Serve Project Planning Toolkit!

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It's never too early to start the planning process for J-Serve in your community! Review our comprehensive J-Serve Project Planning Toolkit – brought to you in partnership with our friends at Repair the World – to help elevate your program, 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!

Eager to elevate your community's J-Serve plans? Explore the five key steps to building a fun and meaningful program, as explained by 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

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

Enabling Meaningful Reflection
Ron Hasson (Bay Area, CA) & Rebecca Sereboff (Baltimore, MD)

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


across MORE THAN 180 communities iN 25+ countries AROUND THE WORLD

across MORE THAN 180 communities iN 25+ countries AROUND THE WORLD

Celebrating the Unprecedented Reach of #JSERVE2018 Around the World

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Check out some of our favorite J-Serve event photos here

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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 available resource collection, brought to you by a compilation of many of our leading partner organizations.


**Learn from the Pros: review sample teen leadership structures, project planning tools, mini-grant applications, service activities, and reflection resources from past J-Serve projects here.

   J-Serve Project Planning Toolkit     Produced by Repair the World in partnership with J-Serve

J-Serve Project Planning Toolkit

Produced by Repair the World in partnership with J-Serve

  Service Specific Reference Texts

Service Specific Reference Texts

   WE PLANT SEEDS: A How-to Guide for Effective Jewish Service-learning Programs     By Repair the World, in partnership with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps

WE PLANT SEEDS: A How-to Guide for Effective Jewish Service-learning Programs

By Repair the World, in partnership with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps



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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Follow J-Serve 2019

Like our page on Facebook to follow all the latest J-Serve news!

Tag photos, videos and other J-Serve highlights on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: #JSERVE2019