Each year, J-Serve: The International Day of Jewish Youth Service mobilizes more than ten thousand Jewish teens worldwide around meaningful service programs. Repair the World supports J-Serve’s efforts through trainings for youth group program staff throughout the country.
This year’s official J-Serve date is April 2 (though some communities pick a service date a few weeks before or after). We checked in with Nicci Mowszowski, an 18-year old senior at Cherry Creek High School in Denver, to find out how she celebrated J-Serve. Check out what she had to say.
What is your background with service and volunteering?
Growing up attending a Jewish day school, there was a precedent to engage in service and honor the Jewish values of tikkun olam and gemilut chasadim. After moving to America in 7th grade from Australia, I began volunteering at Children’s Hospital and, for the past few years, have had the honor of serving on their Junior Volunteer Advisory Board, overseeing the teen volunteers’ welfare and planning and executing large-scale hospital events. I am also a member of National Honor Society, which provides service opportunities in my community, and I take on an active role in BBYO. I believe that we each have the ability (and infinite potential) to serve our communities, whether on a grassroots or international scale.