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J-Serve 2010 Makes an Impact on the World

April 26, 2010

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BBYO teens joined nearly 10,000 Jewish teens from across North America, Europe, and Israel for J-Serve, a National Day of Jewish Youth Service on Sunday, April 25.

With over 120 projects internationally, the teens participated in a variety of different projects that explored the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world.

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Among the many projects this year that BBYO teens planned and participated in were Red River Region’s (Winnipeg, Canada) wheelchair basketball program, aimed to bring awareness about athletes with disabilities; Southern Region: Atlanta Council’s (Altanta, GA) “My Own Backyard,” where the teens’ service focused on local issues, based on Rambam’s teaching “to your brother and your city shall you help first”; and Ohio Northern Region’s (Northern Ohio) teens focused on helping the impoverished by making blankets and boxed lunches for the homeless and hungry. Most of the community projects were planned by the teens in partnership with their adult advisors.

“We were thrilled to be participating in J-Serve once again,” says Northern Region East – DC Council Program Associate and J-Serve project coordinator Rachel Hillman. “Having a day where the entire Jewish community can come together, setting aside our differences, to serve and lead is important to both the local and the global Jewish communities.”

In March, participating teens in the DC Metro area were able to meet with the stars of MTV’s The Buried Life who make service a part of their mission, as well. They worked with the teens to create a public service announcement that you can view by clicking here.

J-Serve 2010 was the sixth year in which Jewish youth from around the world came together to encourage community building and connections across religious and societal lines.

J Serve 2010 is the Jewish service component of the annual Global Youth Service Day of Youth Service America and is a collaboration of The PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values of BBYO and Repair the World. It is supported nationally by partner agencies BBYO, Bureau of Jewish Education of New York, Foundation for Jewish Camp, JCCA, Jewish Federations, Jewish Student Unions, Jewish Teen Funders Network, NCSY, NFTY, Rock the Vote, USY, and Young Judea, and generous support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

"All of us who share a devotion and commitment to the Jewish future should be moved and inspired by the thousands of Jewish teens who are volunteering to repair their communities and our world through J-Serve," says Lynn Schusterman, chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. “Through their efforts, they are helping to make service a central part of American Jewish life." J-Serve 2011 will be on Sunday, April 17, 2011. To learn more about J Serve, please visit the J Serve website, www.jserve.org.


J Serve 2010 is the National Day of Jewish Youth Service and is a part of Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Day. J-Serve 2010’s is endorsed throughout the world by BBYO, Bureau of Jewish Education of New York, Foundation for Jewish Camp, JCCA, Jewish Federations, Jewish Student Unions, Jewish Teen Funders Network, NCSY, NFTY, The PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values of BBYO, USY, and Young Judea. J-Serve 2010 is in partnership with REPAIR THE WORLD and ROCK THE VOTE and is generously underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

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