Sunday, April 7, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019
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.
J-Serve is a collaborative effort run by BBYO in partnership with GOOD DEEDS DAY, REPAIR THE WORLD, and YSA's GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY. The initiative is generously underwritten by The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, among others.
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):
Whether you're a seasoned J-Serve pro or brand new to the network, we welcome all relevant applications from near and far!
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 (see 2019 application above).
SHARE your basic project information once confirmed (email details to email@example.com) 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 2019 Local Project Registration Request Form.
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.
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! Not sure where to start? Check out this Community Leaders Local Program Invitation TEMPLATE; customize and send early and often!
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 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.
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:
Help translate passions into a project vision that speaks to teen interests, skills, and creativity, and
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!
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
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.
**Learn from the Pros: check out event flyers, save-the-dates, and other marketing samples from past J-Serve projects here.
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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