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65 Nashville teens participate in J-Serve

Read this story in The Jewish Observer

More than 65 Nashville-area Jewish teens par participated in a day of community service and improvement projects as part of J-Serve, the 11th annual International Day of Jewish Youth Service on April 19th, 2015.

Participants were worked on a number projects , including making signs for Gordon Jewish Community Center’s Camp Davis, writing letters to IDF soldiers, planting a tree at the Holocaust Memorial, working with children in collaboration with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and planting in the garden of Akiva School.

“I love being able to serve my community and bond with other Jewish teens at the same time. It’s like a win-win.” Said Jordyn Attias, a high school Junior and member of the Cotton States Region BBYO Regional Board.

The Nashville J-Serve project was hosted by the GJCC, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Akiva School, Congregation Micah, The Temple, Congregation Sherith Israel and Beit Miriam at West End Synagogue. The Nashville participants were among 11,000 Jewish teens in 80 communities across 16 countries who took part.

“This year we wanted to give the teens in the Nashville community the chance to give back to the different areas that raised them as young children,” said Andrew Exler, Nashville BBYO program director. “Working on the campus of the JCC and Akiva School they got to do just that and they will get to see their impact of this day of service for years and years down the road.”

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