Last month, J-Serve: The National Day of Jewish Youth Service, brought together nearly 10,000 Jewish teens from around the world for a collective day of service. In the weeks leading up to the event, Repair the World brought you stories from both participants and planners who were getting excited for the big day.
Now, we’re excited to share the highlights from just some of the many amazing service projects that went down during J-Serve. One act of service is a reason to celebrate. But when you multiply that act of service by 10,000, you add up to something truly meaningful. Take a look at what J-Serve teens did to help their local communities while making a big global impact:
WHAT THEY DID: 500 Jewish teens participated in 16 different service opportunities including (among other things): tree-planting in Toronto city parks, packaging books for a literacy program, preparing clothes for distribution at a local clothing bank, participating in a political letter-writing workshop, planting flowers at a Jewish residential program, assembling school supply kits for families in need with Ve’ahavta, and organizing props in a theatre warehouse.
Whippany, New Jersey
WHAT THEY DID: 275 teens from 6th through 12th grade, and from across the denominational spectrum, came together for a variety of service projects including: making nearly 1,200 sandwiches for local homeless shelters, visiting with adults who have cerebral palsy, and making terrariums with senior citizens.
WHAT THEY DID: Nearly 250 teens from throughout the Pittsburgh region donated 625 combined volunteer hours planting trees and weeding gardens in honor of Earth Day (which this year fell on the same day as J-Serve), constructing a picket fence to line a garden, and sorting through bike wheels and other donated gears and parts at a local bicycle shop.
East Bay, California
WHAT THEY DID: Teen volunteers from across the East Bay spent the day volunteering and digging in the dirt. Some checked out the urban farm over at Repair the World grantee-partner Urban Adamah, while others worked in a garden with senior citizens at senior residence.
WHAT THEY DID: Helping to round out the “international” aspect of J-Serve, 20 teens in the Ukraine spent the morning volunteering – particularly cleaning out a local school yard of leaves, dirt, trash and other debris – and the afternoon discussing leadership and celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut.
Mazel tov to everyone who made J-Serve 2012 a success! And remember, it’s not too early to start thinking about next year’s J-Serve! Find out more about how you can get involved here.