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Jewish teens take to streets to serve

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Approximately 300 teens within metro Atlanta, along with 11,000 Jewish teens in 80 communities across 16 countries, will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects as they take part in J-Serve, an International Day of Jewish Youth Service from 1 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, April 19. The MJCCA’s teens have more than 10 projects from which to choose, and they will join teens from across the city to give back on this special day of service. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the J-Serve projects, and pre-registration is required. A fee of $12 includes a commemorative t-shirt, snack, transportation, and one ticket to see The Maccabeats at the MJCCA to close out the day.

MJCCA service projects include:

  • Picking up trash and cleaning up the Dunwoody Nature Center trail.
  • Planting and composting at the Chattahoochee Nature Center Unity Garden and Truly Living Well.
  • Hosting a party for adults with special needs at enAble of Georgia.
  • Attending the MJCCA Inclusion Program Carnival.
  • Packing backpacks for hunger at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church.
  • Providing a Fresh Start—Hygiene kits for the homeless at The Gateway Center.
  • Attending New Beginnings—A Holocaust awareness and refugee program with Am Yisrael Chai.

Aaron Gordon, a freshman at the Atlanta Jewish Academy, chose to participate on the J-Serve task force this year because he wanted to learn about and help organizations that do so much. “There is no better feeling than helping others and making a difference,” Gordon said. “I have enjoyed this process thoroughly; not only have I learned a lot of important skills, but I’ve met great friends. I hope you will consider joining me at J-Serve this year!”

Teens from around the world in grades 6 through 12 will participate as they explore the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim—acts of loving kindness; tzedakah—just and charitable giving; and tikkum olam—the responsibility to repair the world. This year marks the tenth year that Jewish youth from around the world will turn out in force for J-Serve.

“J-Serve is weaving a tapestry of stories into a moving narrative: thousands of teens united in answering the call to greatness by volunteering to repair their communities and our world,” said Lynn Schusterman, co-chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

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