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J-SERVE, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service

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J-SERVE, the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, held in Pittsburgh each spring and attended by more than 200 teens annually, will be planned together this year by BBYO, the Agency for Jewish Learning, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Center and Repair the World. The event is part of an international initiative to connect teens to service learning opportunities and to bring entire communities together toward the goal of tikkun olam, repairing the world.

During J-SERVE 2015, which will be held on Sunday, April 19, students in grades six to 12 are invited to participate in Jewish service learning in the morning, volunteer throughout the City of Pittsburgh and then reunite at the end of a day for celebratory activities and music at the Jewish Community Center.

J-SERVE is planned by a teen steering committee made up of representatives of youth groups and organizations from around the city. Education, outreach and fundraising initiatives pioneered by teens are planned from the fall until the date of the event. Applications for this year’s steering committee are available and open to all 10th- to 12th-grade Jewish teens in Pittsburgh.

Contact Carolyn Gerecht, director of Teen Learning at the Agency for Jewish Learning, at or 412-521-1101, ext. 3204, or Chuck Marcus, regional director of BBYO Keystone Mountain Region at or 412 446-4781.

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