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BBYO teens will host carnival for special needs kids as part of youth service day

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Nashville area Jewish teens will hold a carnival on Sunday, April 3 for kids ages 3-12 with special needs as part of J-Serve, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service.

The event, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, will include games, art projects, snacks, music and dancing. The local J-Serve event is sponsored by the Nashville BBYO chapter, but Sheri Rosenberg, the local BBYO director, said teens don’t have to be members of the youth group to participate.

“I am so excited for J-Serve this year,” Rosenberg said. “The teens are going to create such a fun carnival for these kids and their families. Everyone will be able to celebrate community together.”

The Nashville project is one of more than 200 in which Jewish teens in grades 6-12 will participate as they explore the values of gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness) tzedakah (charitable giving) and tikkun olam (repair of the world). For information about the Nashville event, contact Rosenberg at or (615) 354-1659

Now in its 10th year, JServe is the Jewish service component of Youth Service America’s annual Global Youth Service Day and is a collaboration of BBYO and Repair the World. As many as 11,000 Jewish teens in 80 communities and 16 countries are expected to participate.

J-Serve is underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and is supported by partner agencies Foundation for Jewish Camp, JCCA, Jewish Federations, Jewish Student Unions, Jewish Teen Funders Network, NCSY, NFTY, Rock the Vote, USY and Young Judea. •

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